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Articles from Vol. 11, No. 2, November 30

Cinderella
Day after day I sat by the ashesbelieve me I knew their tasteand that not the worst of itmy Sisterstheir shrill hatred like birdsmy heart grew sullenI could not hate themsomehow they were too poorsuch uglinessI stayed revolted and calmperhaps it was...
Editorial
Having thrown down the gauntlet to the whole union movement during the South East Queensland Electricity Board (SEQEB) dispute over the right to strike, the Queensland Government, with a little help from its friends, has mounted a range of other attacks...
Feminist Arks Afloat
A REVIEW ESSAY ON JUDITH RODRIGUEZ, ED., MRS. NOAH AND THE MINOAN QUEEN (MELBOURNE: SISTERS, 1983)Seeded in the political turbulence of the sixties, the literary revolutions that at last flowered (with, for sure, wide paddocks of Paterson's Curse as...
Ideologies of Powerlessness: Attitudes to Women and the Working Class in Queensland Schools, 1919-39
They were your teachers and you were taught respect. Mind you, it's something which has kept us back all of our lives that, because you lost the confidence in yourself, which I love to see in this generation. We were kept down too much and all through...
'Iron Ladies': Women in the 1984/85 British Miners' Strike
"The Archbishop of Bologna said to me, through an interpreter, `Your Prime Minister's a woman. And she's an Iron Lady.' I said, `Tell him that she might be an Iron Lady, but she didn't bank on thousands of Iron Ladies coming up.'"(Miner's wife)(1)The...
'Just One More Way of Talking about Books?'
A REVIEW OF K.K. RUTHVEN, FEMINIST LITERARY STUDIES: AN INTRODUCTION (LONDON: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1984)IntroductionAs Terry Eagleton informs us in his latest book, criticism has a function and it does not amount simply to several ways of talking...
Of All Sad Words
Of course, Di has a right to leave the party with another woman. You know this, and remind yourself, several times. She also has a right to leave without saying goodnight -- and she exercises it only minutes later. You and Di are not lovers, have never...
On a Clear Day
something was happening inside her left ear. and what bothered her most was the fact that she could neither look nor climb into it to see what was going on. it wasnt a matter of visiting a g.p. for a diagnosis or treatment of this ear. for she liked...
Politics, Paedophilia and Free Speech: The Witch Hunt Continues
IntroductionIn November 1983, Alison Thorne was transferred from her teaching position at the Glenroy Technical School in Melbourne, Victoria to an administrative position at the Tullamarine Regional Office of the Victorian Education Department. It appears...
Speaking Of
Where are you Heather Bell?dead or alive with such fair curly hair --it would be fashionable nowwhat did we find in each otherside by side at our scarred desksand then at recess sitting on the benchbuilt right round the pepper tree's trunksometimes slipping...
Studies in Scarlet
A REVIEW OF ORIEL GRAY, EXIT LEFT: MEMOIRS OF A SCARLET WOMAN (PENGUIN, 1984) AND AUDREY BLAKE, A PROLETARIAN LIFF (MELBOURNE: KIBBLE 1985).For most people, the life of the old Communist Party is hard to imagine. One is tempted to rely on cold-war stereotypes...
The Headlines That Never Made It
The photograph her parents gave to the newspaper shows a young woman, with dark curly hair and bright smile. All the papers used the same picture, but some of them also used a diagram of where her mutilated body was found.By the time I picked up my copy...
The Midnight Shift
He hurts her with his eyes shut and his tongue poked out and the smell of hamburgers still on his fingers. Two Big Boy Special Burgers with the Lot, double cheese and sauce but no beetroot. I know exactly, because it's either me or Vorna who gets them...
Violet and Rose
The scent of certain flowers, the taste of blackberries, ornaments once worn by another -- these things revive the past. For some, the odour of lavender among old linen calls up the loving grandmother who embroidered those edges.I should be sewing but...
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