Posts in: women & feminism

Bon Hull: Inspirational women’s liberationist

Winter/Spring 2000

Bon Hull, one of Australia’s first women’s liberationists, was born Jessie Mary Hull on 28 March 1915. She died 16 June 2000. Raised by her working class family in Footscray, Bon went to work in the rag trade in Flinders Lane and for many years combined family commitments with a successful career as a designer…. Read more »

Interview with the Working Women Organisation of Pakistan

Winter/Spring 2000

Merle Woo, Asian-American poet and member of Radical Women in San Francisco, once wrote a poem based on a news item from China. Qi Deying, a 77 year old grandmother living in Shaanxi Province, had been attacked by a leopard while working in a field. She “grabbed the leopard by the ears, wedged its jaw… Read more »

For Pat Parker and radical dykes everywhere!

Winter/Spring 2000

I know this didn’t happen just this year, but the other day, I found out that Dykes on Bikes, the traditional leaders of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade changed to The Women’s Motorcycle Contingent. I wonder how much more the queer movement is going to allow itself to be co-opted into capitalist America… Read more »

Rape ain’t natural! Misogyny masquerading as science

Winter/Spring 2000

I have a confession to make. I haven’t read this book all the way through. After reading, on page 103, that a women’s waist size is related to her ability to detect the risk of rape, my scepticism began to distract me. But it was the assertion that those who connect rape with patriarchy is… Read more »

Elián González Brotóns: 6-Year-Old Hostage of Yankee Imperialism

Summer/Autumn 2000

December 5, 1999 — news from Miami: Elián González Brotóns, a young shipwreck survivor from Cuba, blew out the candles of his birthday cake. He had just turned six. With his mother, the “little Cuban refugee” had set out for the Land of the Free. She drowned. Elián was saved by the U.S. Coast Guard… Read more »

Mobilise Now Against Backward Laws: Equal Access to Reproductive Technology

Summer/Autumn 2000

The patriarchal nuclear family may have disappeared from most households, but it’s alive and kicking in Victoria’s fertility laws. In August last year, a lesbian police officer was charged with using an in vitro fertility (IVF) treatment. According to the Victorian Infertility Treatment Act (ITA), only married or heterosexual defacto couples can legally access IVF… Read more »

Welcome the New Century: Meet Revolutionary Women Leaders From Cuba!

Summer/Autumn 2000

Going to Cuba, as I did in 1997, is absolutely eye-opening. One day I was packaging bread for Buttercup; the next, I was landing at Havana’s international airport where murals said: “We believe in the Revolution. We believe in Socialism.” Stepping from Howard’s Australia into a workers’ state is a breathtaking experience. I was among… Read more »

Sexism and Racism — Linked by a Common Source

Summer/Autumn 2000

For Radical Women, art is as political as life. It can be a tool for change, as powerful as our struggles for a better world. Karen Brodine, acclaimed socialist feminist poet and Radical Women leader who died in 1987 from breast cancer, once said this about women artists she looked to for strength and insight:… Read more »