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Articles from Vol. 21, No. 1, 1995

After the Fairy Tale
After the Fairy TaleAs usual I get the blame,The crone is always evil.I only wanted her to stayup there long enoughto finish her education,so she wouldn't end uplike the rest of them,ordinary and overworked, fatwith babies every other year.She said I...
Anthologising the Minority
Anthologising the MinorityThe Same cannot emerge except in relation to the Other; in a diachronic scale, the varieties of Otherness are successively incorporated into the Same by the ongoing displacement of the site of the Other.(1)Feminist positions...
At the Anti-Racism Conference
At the Anti-Racism Conference1.someone an expert he must be was talking about the gypsiesin a room that was filled to the back wallwith people of different colours sizes hair eyes clothes and feetwho obviously understood englishjudging by the meticulously...
Editorial
EditorialQuestions to do with women, crime, and the law are currently at the forefront of public (including feminist) discussion, not that all questions receive equal treatment in all locations. Meanwhile, academic feminist legal work is broadening its...
Editorial
EditorialThis issue of Hecate is devoted more exclusively than usual to literary (and the associated political) questions: fiction, poetry, a playscript; and articles either on particular writers and literary texts or on questions of interest to women's...
Exploring the Differences: Feminist Theory in a Mulitcultural Society
They say that the bread of exile is bitter, yet it nourishes us.(1)One of the most significant aspects of post--World War II migration to Australia has been the increasing diversification in the ethnic composition of immigrants. Currently, the Australian...
Exploring the Differences: Feminist Theory in a Multicultural Society
Exploring the Differences: Feminist Theory in a Multicultural SocietyThey say that the bread of exile is bitter, yet it nourishes us.(1)One of the most significant aspects of post-World War II migration to Australia has been the increasing diversification...
From Te Haerenga Kainga (Cowrie II)
Darkness. Nothing but darkness. Chaos. Words lash her like branches, ripping at her skin, thorns tearing her body. She must climb higher, get away. The wind whips her from all four directions. If only she can get to that top branch. Will it hold her...
Grandma's Tale
Grandma's Tale -- Criança, quem brinca tom fogo faz xixi na cama! -- Yes, grandma, we already know the story of playing with fire and wetting our beds.It was somewhere small in South America, a lost tropical paradise for the visiting children; a place...
Henceforth
Henceforth1.In a blessed stateof fecundityeach monthshe retches in reliefat the bloody signals,prays to the Lordfor a childwhile the familycan hear,confesses atanother churchhow the thoughtof conceptionmakes her hystericaland says her penanceover and...
I Need No Definition
I Need No DefinitionRoma Potiki, of the Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa and Ngati Rangitahi, is an artist, playwright, producer, director and actor. Her poetry collection Stones in Her Mouth was published in 1992 by IWA. Roma talked with Briar Wood on 26 July...
Inside Gossip
Inside GossipNow I say it as should't, but I've been here fifty-two I've kept all these Systems working pretty well and do I get any appreciation? No. All I hear is moan, moan, moan. She just doesn't care. She thinks because vegetarian food and plenty...
'It's What Happens after You're Born That Gets It Knocked out of You'
Evelyn Conlon is one of Ireland's new breed of writers. Born in Co. Monaghan in 1952, she has lived and travelled extensively in Australia and Asia, spent some years as a teacher of English and raised two sons--all the while continuing to develop and...
'It's What Happens after You're Born That Gets It Knocked out of You': Evelyn Conlon
`It's What Happens After You're Born That Gets It Knocked Out of You': Evelyn ConlonEvelyn Conlon is one of Ireland's new breed of writers. Born in Co. Monaghan in 1952, she has lived and travelled extensively in Australia and Asia, spent some years...
Lilith
LilithSometimes, just for the shock of it, Lilith would hold out her lined palms.A witch, the children would say. They'd shriek and runaway.Our teacher's a witch, the children would tell their parents.Lilith shows her palms now.They're criss-crossed...
Of Ladies Dead
Of Ladies DeadWe were talking about history,of ladies dead.Three workplace colleagues, a man and two women.He knew the score and laid down the law.The secrets of past queens, spies and lustful bishopswere as familiar as gossip at the end of his telephone."It...
Our Story
Our StoryMotherhoodWhich part of me will answer, when you choose to callWhich part of my woman will help before you fallI know that it's not easy, to choose one part of meIt's making new decisions, that stops me to seeHow can I go on this way, I'm torn...
Remember the Pink Elephant?
Remember the Pink Elephant?In Clive Moore's piece in Hecate XX/i, last year, one sentence in particular jumped out at me, recalling long past places and events whose very existence I have sometimes been close to doubting. Moore asked: "Who has heard...
Stretched Elastic and Story Time
Stretched Elastic and Story TimeHe listened to me read, and I could sense his erection. I read and made my voice soft and textile. I felt his fingers begin to flick on my ankle.It is a dry, heated tale I am reading, by some American woman who lives with...
The Company of Loveless: A Duologue for R
The Company of Loveless: A duologue for RDid you fuck him?This was the question before my handbag hit the table. I smiled my greeting and dug my hand in the pocket of my jacket for the price of a drink.Certainly did.Frowning at my friend in mock-distaste...
The New Zealand Buddy Movie: Men, Cars and the Rise (and Fall) of the Feminist Thriller
The New Zealand Buddy Movie: Men, Cars and the Rise (and Fall) of the Feminist ThrillerSleeping Dogs (1977) and Good-bye Pork Pie (1981) were important films in the beginnings of the New Zealand film industry, the former because it was the first in the...
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Scientist: Women and Science Today
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Scientist: Women and Science TodayThe types of questions that have been asked in the titles of articles on the subject of science in women's studies literature, a subject that has become known as "The Science Question in Feminism"(1)...
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Scientist: Women and Science Today -- Inventing Women: Science, Technology and Gender Edited by Gill Kirkup and Laurie Smith / Feminism Confronts Technology by Judy Wajcman / and Others
A REVIEW OF GILL KIRKUP AND LAURIE SMITH (EDS.) INVENTING WOMEN: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND GENDER (CAMBRIDGE: POLITY, 1992); JUDY WAJCMAN FEMINISM CONFRONTS TECHNOLOGY (SYDNEY: ALLEN AND UNWIN, 1991)[POLITY, 1991]; MARINA BENJAMIN (ED.) SCIENCE AND SENSIBILITY:...
'Us Creoles': Intersubjectivity, Empire and the Politics of Meaning-Making in Autobiography
`Us Creoles': Intersubjectivity, Empire and the Politics of Meaning-Making in Autobiography...significantly, the evidence of the maps hanging on the walls around give the lie to the image of the isolated sceptred isle, the little world all on its own....
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