Damned Whores and God's Police
Feminist perspective first published in 1975 of how Australia's history and culture have limited women's roles in society. A new introduction discusses changes relevant to each original chapter and comments on issues still requiring change. The final chapter of the first edition, an attempt to look into the future, is replaced with an analysis of the women's movement from 1975-93. Summers is a former consultant to Prime Minister Paul Keating's Office for the Status of Women and currently editor of 'Good Weekend' magazine.
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Women continue to earn less than men. Women's full-time average weekly
earnings in August 1991 were 85 per cent of men's, with the ratio dropping to 67
per cent if junior and part-time earnings are also included.49 Although the
concept of ...
It is not just that men have their activities and women have theirs and that each
sex can satisfy itself with the free and equal pursuit of its chosen recreations.
Women have few areas of superiority of either skill or participation. Where both
Commenting on this, one woman character in the war-time novel, Come in
Spinner, expostulated, 'I can never see why, when they regard V.D. as an
occupational disease for men in the army, they shouldn't regard pregnancy for
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ElizabethCromb - www.librarything.com
An excellent presentation of the history of the role of women in Australian society and why we find ourselves in the situation that we were in the early to mid 70's. Interesting to read in 2019 knowing what has and has not changed since then. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Devil_llama - www.librarything.com
It might seem like reading a 700 page book about women in another country halfway across the world would have little reward. In fact, I was worried that might be the case. I was wrong about that. In ... Read full review
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