Posts in: Radical Women

Arundhati Roy’s eloquent answer to the neoliberal spin doctors

Winter/Spring 2005

Arundhati Roy came to prominence when her first novel, The God of Small Things, won the 1996 Booker Prize for literature. She has gone on to write several works of fiction and non-fiction. Roy is an outspoken, internationally popular anti-globalisationist and Indian feminist. Her latest book, The Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire, is a collection… Read more »

Scrap the sexist defence of provocation!

Summer/Autumn 2005

In July 2003, Julie Ramage told her husband James that she was leaving him. So he killed her. In October 2004, the Victorian Supreme Court jury found him guilty of manslaughter, not murder, because she provoked him. The argument to the court went like this: Julie told him that she was in a relationship with… Read more »

Winning Women’s Rights: A question of reform or revolution?

Summer/Autumn 2005

Two days after the re-election of the Howard Government on October 9, Radical Women hosted a discussion about how to achieve women’s liberation. The election outcome injected a new sense of energy and determination. While participants had encountered gloomy voters, shattered and demoralised by a fourth Howard Government, all had met others who had decided… Read more »

Sexism and ageism place women of all ages on the frontlines for freedom

Summer/Autumn 2005

Here we are, in the 21st century, and young women are still portrayed as sex objects. From billboards, TV and glossy magazines the image of slim, sexy women sells products, from breakfast cereals to men’s toiletries and anti-wrinkle creams. They grace the catwalks, showing off the latest expensive fashions. These are bodies that all women… Read more »

Reta Kaur, anti-war activist, wins her court case

Summer/Autumn 2005

After a trial, which went into a second day, Reta Kaur was found Not Guilty on 24 November 2004 of criminal damage worth $9,080 to two marble statues outside the U.S. Consulate in Melbourne. On March 20, 2003 she had written “The killing has started!” in red paint in a moment of shock and grief… Read more »

Abortion Rights Under Fire – It’s time to fight for total reproductive freedom

Summer/Autumn 2005

“Not the Church, not the State, women must decide their fate” is a popular chant at marches. It’s a golden oldie, unfortunately, because women have not won reproductive freedom. Since the re-election of the Howard Government, these words have become more urgent than ever. Health Minister Tony Abbott has teamed up with the likes of… Read more »

Reproductive rights advocate calls for a radical solution to the Bush blues

Summer/Autumn 2005

The following column is adapted from a speech given by Bernadette Logue for Radical Women at a post-election panel discussion held at Seattle Central Community College. Logue is one of the organizers of Seattle RW’s action in defense of reproductive rights on January 22, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision… Read more »

Resisting the breeding creed

Winter/Spring 2004

Remember when the Howard Government and business world were bellowing about a fertility crisis? They accused women of going on a “fertility strike” — in other words, making our own reproductive decisions — and throwing the economy into peril. When women answered back with the demand for maternity leave, the spin doctors called it “middle class… Read more »

Defend the right to dissent: Support Reta Kaur

Winter/Spring 2004

On March 20th 2003 the U.S.A. launched its “Shock and Awe” attack on Baghdad. Six weeks later, President Bush landed on the deck of an aircraft carrier to proclaim the end of major combat operations. For the people of Iraq, the nightmare of death and destruction continued. Saddam’s regime was gone, but the US-led occupation… Read more »

Socialist Feminists and the Socialist Alliance: An exchange between Louise Walker and Radical Women

Winter/Spring 2004

In the last Radical Women Supplement, of Freedom Socialist Bulletin # 30 (Summer/Autumn 2004), Radical Women published its letter to the Socialist Alliance National Executive explaining its decision not to formally affiliate to Socialist Alliance (SA) but to instead remain autonomous while actively supporting SA as a united front. We publish below the subsequent discussion… Read more »