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Articles from Vol. 27, No. 2, October

Desperate Lovers and Wanton Women: Press Representations of Domestic Violence
It is as if the stark 'reality' of men's violence against women is simply too awful to contemplate. It must be hedged in with discursive strategies that have the effect of deflecting attention away from the harshness of the verdict that men are responsible...
Editorial
So Australia is also at war, again. The military-industrial-prison complex of the West is involved in a new military adventure to maintain the wealth, prosperity, profits and global influence of some of us, and Australia is repeating the 'All the way...
Finding Common Ground: Indigenous and Asian Diasporic Cultural Production in Australia
Ours is a nation of immigrants and Indigenous peoples. A new world with an ancient past. A grand symphony with many melodies. Arnold Zable 1998 (1) These words preface the booklet that accompanied the Lost & Found art exhibition that was...
Gender and Radiance
Described by director, Rachel Perkins, as 'the first Aboriginal film to have jokes in it (1) Radiance (2) was released in both mainstream and art-house cinemas across Australia. Audiences at the 1998 Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra film festivals voted...
Matters of Choice
Right let's see you say you have chronic illness explain that i see is that really serious i don't see how that impedes you your doctor i see you have a letter or something okay well here we are running this program have a look at the booklet and yes,...
Sexuality in East-West Encounters: Shanghai Baby and Mistaken Love
This paper examines two pieces of Chinese female writing, Shanghai Baby and Mistaken Love. (1) Shanghai Baby is a self-declared semi-autobiography by Zhou Weihui, a controversial Shanghai-based woman writer who when publishing dispenses with her patronymic,...
Strip Searching as Sexual Assault
The issue of strip searching is not new. Women in prison have been subjected to this degrading procedure for many years. Advocates for women in prison, community workers and academics have published their concerns about the ongoing abuse of women,...
The Brothers Up North and the Sisters Down South: The Mackay Family and the Frontier
As the beneficiaries of the dispossession of Aboriginal peoples, European women, along with men were complicit in an imperialist civilising project that saw the near destruction of Australia's indigenous peoples and their language and Culture. (1)...
The Productivities of Pregnancy: Reviewing Medical Technologies and Feminist Critiques
This article focuses on new understandings of gestation, generated at the intersection of the pregnant body and reproductive technologies. I argue that the operation and activity of the pregnant body have not been central to feminist critiques of assisted...
Whiteness and the Australian Fiance: Framing the Ornamental Text in Australia
Ornament is only forced to speak of the presence of order because there is some kind of absence in the visual field. It is this visual absence of order that makes the inessential excess of ornament "necessary." (1) The ornament is a form of detail...
'Woman-Made Women': Mobilisations of Nature in Feminist Accounts of Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic surgery is often discussed in terms of its 'naturalness,' with references to nature found not only in the popular press, but also in considered feminist critiques of the phenomenon. These references carry with them political problems that...
Writing and Skin
Where does the body begin and end, where does text begin and end? This paper explores the inscription of the corporeal surface as skin, the morphology of skin as a cultural overlay, skin as a site of subjectivity, and the meeting of skin, text, and...
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