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Articles from Vol. 9, No. 1/2, November 30

'Add Women and Stir?'
While the back cover of Nellie Melba accurately describes its essays as "informed by feminism, contemporary cultural theories, or marxism," this is not the same as saying that this somewhat miscellaneous collection represents a feminist cultural history....
An Interview with Luce Irigaray
Paris -- On the rue Lakanal, a pleasant part of the southeast of the city, a row of low houses is broken by a fence, behind which rises a block of flats. On the eleventh and top floor of this phallus lives the psychoanalyst and writer Luce Irigaray.We...
A Small Story
Sometimes a song which reminds me of you comes on the radio. It happened this morning. It was Elvis Costello singing "Too Far Gone." I was in the kitchen, washing up. The radio is in the lounge room. I went there, sat down and listened, and I thought...
'Deep into the Destructive Core': Elizabeth Harrower's the Watch Tower
In Damned Whores and God's Police,(2) Anne Summers makes a half-page plea for the recognition and critical acceptance of Elizabeth Harrower. She also points to the links between Harrower's Emily Lawrence, in The Long Prospect,(3) and Kylie Tennant's...
Editorial
In the current situation of world economic crisis, it is becoming clear even to Labor supporters that the newly-elected Hawke government will do little to change things for ordinary people in Australia. Large numbers of workers, women, blacks and Migrants...
Intrusions
The dreamseekers are arriving, carrying with them their invisible ladders to prop against the small hotel bar and climb up, out of themselves. Their eyes are dazed and hungry, circling the room, recoiling as they meet other searchers.thought I heard...
Last Night of the Heatwave
1.the newsreaders are all in their shirtsleeveson t.v. tonight, everyone sits nearnaked waiting for the weather stories& the promise of at least a breezethat doesn't blow like a geyser.breathe if you can.walk to the fridge for cold water& leave...
Migrant Women Organise: The Kortex Strike of 1981
The story of the Kortex strike in December 1981 is an inspiration to we who, as revolutionary socialists, believe that people can be transformed in the course of struggle. It also illustrates how women's oppression and their exploitation as workers combine...
'Modes of Consumption and Reception'
Cultural analysis must also attempt Rezeptionsasthetik, to discover and analyse modes of aesthetic consumption and reception. This is obviously the most difficult and elusive task of all...Part of the difficulty can be met by considering the institutions...
Nicaragua/Women/Revolution
In July 1979, Anastasio Somoza, dictator of Nicaragua, was overthrown by an armed uprising of the people, an uprising prepared, through years of dedicated labour and sacrifice, by the Frente Sandinista. The revolutionary government established by it...
Old Black Rock
Sibyl.Where did I meet her? -- Sibyl?I remember walking down Rusland Straat near Amsterdam University, to a cafe, going into the cafe to avoid leaning into the snow wind for one more moment, a Rusland cafe. It was crowded. I squeezed along a narrow passage...
Prostitutes as Workers
Eileen McLeod is an academic working in the Department of Applied Social Studies at the University of Warwick. An ex-probation officer, many of whose clients had been street prostitutes, McLeod has been an activist in an organisation known as PROS (the...
The Feminism of Eleanor Marx
Eleanor Marx was, first and foremost, a revolutionary socialist. She wrote in 1885:There are those who accuse of us being, to say the least, `unpractical,' because instead of trying `to help where we can' we demand a revolution. I maintain that we Socialists...
The New Right and Women Who Want to Be Women in Australian Politics in the 1980s
We feel that the decade of the eighties belongs to those who understand that the sexes are equal but different, and the more women are prepared to stand up and say they are women who want to be women (not unisex persons), the quicker the sick, anti-male,...
The Right to Life Offensive since 1969
Since you can't go into abortion clinics with machine guns shooting at people to stop killing babies, you must use democratic means.(1)This statement was made by a member of the Right to Life Australia RTLA); it was formed in 1979, and is the more extreme...
The Tub
He turned up the other night. I hadn't seen him (seen him, you know what I mean) for about eight months. Eight months, one week and two days, to be exact."I'm looking for Jorge," he said. Jorge being one of his Chilean cronies."He's not here," I replied....
The Victim Fights Back: Women, Politics, Fiction, Crime
Women's fiction has often dealt with the lives and situations of women in a manner that explores their struggles as well as their oppression. These women's texts have often been concerned with women who break the unwritten laws of society. There has...
What Does Woman Mean? Reading, Writing and Reproduction
In line with other current debates surrounding the question of women and culture where images and roles have been replaced by notions of representation so, in the relationship between women and writing, it is no longer a matter of looking for discrete...
Women's Studies in Northern Europe
In Australia, the Women's Liberation Movement has made an undeniable impact upon tertiary education. Women's Studies courses, of one kind or another, have appeared in most post-secondary institutions. Women's caucuses in the Political Science and Sociology...
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