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Articles from Vol. 18, No. 2, October

A Country Girl
My brother said Dad hacked their heads off with an axe because he didn't want to waste more bullets on the half-dead goats The child was shocked by all that slow chop bone-crunch and bleating meat but country boys must be real men and real men are definitely...
Aunt Vinnie
Before Aunt Vinnie came, Mum and Rebecca were friends. Mum took photos of out of the way things - boarded up broken down houses, slimy creek beds and spider-webs at night. She never let the chemist near any of them. She developed all the films herself...
Bed-Time Stories
Gimme one more chance & you'll be satisfied Gimme one last chance & I will make you sing Even better than the real thing In the beginning was the Word And the Word was made flesh In the beginning was sex And sex was made Sin I don't know anything...
Cat War
We are quarrelling with our neighhours over a cat. We're in our sixties, she's twenty-seven and the cat's still kitten. We watch the nightly news. We needn't fight for food. This isn't Ethiopia. We're not starving like children in Brazil. We're all...
Editorial
The word 'reform' is much in the news these days. The Liberal Premier of Victoria claims that the removal of all existing state industrial awards - and therefore the removal of the hard-won conditions under which many Victorians work - constitutes 'reform'....
My Favourite Mixmaster
A really good-looking burglar crept into my bedroom one afternoon as I was lying awake in my lingerie thinking private thoughts. "Hello?" I whispered, hoping to alert him to my presence without alerting him into doing anything rash, if you know what...
"Pragmatism" Be Damned: Richard Rorty's Death Wish for Feminism
In a recent article, the American philosopher, Richard Rorty, Professor of Humanities at the University of Virginia, recommends that feminists adopt his version of pragmatism as a guiding philosophy. Despite his disclaimers,(1) the ideas he sets forward...
Pussy Willow
When I was a child I lived in a great mausoleum of a house with my paternal grandmother. A barren childhood was relieved by a library of the English classics (which I wasn't allowed to read, but did, clandestinely) and a beautiful, old-worlde garden....
Queen of the Jungle: A Tale of Childhood
It's good to be twelve years old and the ruler of the world. I rule a jungle inhabited by blue tongue lizards, small brown boys, and girls with womanhood in their grasp. Show us your dick, we call to Eric. Piss off shit features, he scowls back. Not...
Smutting with Summer
Her tips move. Her skin shines worrying. There are shadows under the house. Someone is looking at the grass growing noisily, looking out from between the slats. Her lips move. The air is sordid with other people's secrets. Something wet is starting...
"The Best Career Is Matrimony": First-Wave Journalism and the "Australian Girl."
The identity and supposedly inherent characteristics of the "Australian girl" had been the subject of much interest and speculation well before first-wave feminism impacted on Australian life. As soon as the local white girl, rather than the transplanted...
"The Books Are Not Really Looked at Enough by Either Side." (Interview with Woman Novelist Rosie Scott) (Interview)
Rosie Scott, originally of New Zealand, has been living in Brisbane with her husband and teenage daughters, but will shortly move to Sydney. Her best-selling first novel, Glory Days, published by Penguin New Zealand in 1988, was short-listed for the...
The Young Poetess
She sells poems and I sell peanuts. That is not the only difference between us. Her cheeks the petals of peonies, her hair lacquer black, and her eyes, unlike mine, full of hope. Catching my reflection in a shop window this morning, wheeling my bicycle...
Wail on, Wailing Spirit
Kali Tiliwara sat on top of a rock overlooking the camp of her people. The trees and stunted bushes of the desert spread in this wilderness where, for generations, her people had lived and survived on what the whitemen called a wasteful land and life....
What Happened to Aspazija? in Search of Feminism in Latvia
Latvia, a small, intensely beautiful country, lies on the shores of the Baltic Sea, across from Sweden. It has been forcibly occupied by foreign powers through most of its history. Germany began its conquest of Latvia in the twelfth century, using brutal...
Women of Substance: The Depiction of Women in Australian Monuments
Justice is not spoken of as a woman . . . because women were thought to be just . . . Liberty is not represented as a woman, from the colossus in New York to the ubiquitous Marianne, figure of the French Republic, because women were or are free.(1) ...
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