Book Review

Helen Keller: A Rebel Life

Winter/Spring 2004

What do you know about Helen Keller? Most likely that she was blind and deaf and overcame huge obstacles to learn to communicate by working with a dedicated teacher, Anne Sullivan. What you may not know is that she was a socialist activist, a feminist and fierce opponent of World War I. She was also… Read more »

“Government cannot be allowed to buy its way out of the truth” – Black Lives, Government Lies reviewed

Winter/Spring 2003

Australian Governments have a horrible history of systemic racism. But they didn’t try to hide it! They wrote it all down. Thanks to historian and activist, Ros Kidd, the shameful treatment of Indigenous Australians is not gathering dust in the archives. A second edition of her powerful exposé, Black Lives, Government Lies, was published earlier… Read more »

Review: Gays and Lesbians who changed immigration history

Winter/Spring 2002

Last February, as part of the Mardi Gras Festival, the Gay and Lesbian Immigration Task Force (GLITF) launched its self-published official history, Lesbians and Gays Changed Australian Immigration History/Herstory. The book is a unique, compelling collection of diverse perspectives in the form of 50 interviews conducted in 2000 by GLITF activist, Peter De Waal. “No… Read more »

In and Out of Port: Workers’ power in action!

Winter/Spring 2001

April 7, 1998. A date which is burnt into the memories of countless activists from all around the world. The day that Patrick Stevedores, at Webb Dock Port Melbourne, locked out its entire unionised workforce. The naked anti-union aggression was breathtaking. Security guards wearing balaclavas and with dogs, charged in to clear the docks. The… Read more »

Kick the Tin: A survivor of the stolen generation kicks back

Summer/Autumn 2001

If you want to understand what it’s like to be a member of the stolen generation, read Kick the Tin by Doris Kartinyeri, a member of the Ngarrindjeri nation. Not that we can ever truly know. As her sister, Dr Doreen Kartinyeri, says in her introduction: “Only those who have been taken from their families… Read more »

Living Out Loud: Loud, Proud and Effective!

Summer/Autumn 2001

While reading Living Out Loud: A History of Gay and Lesbian Activism in Australia, an item on the TV news caught my attention — the Gay Games are coming to Sydney in 2002! The Chief Executive of the Board predicted more participants than the Olympics and Gay Games profits boosted through queer visitors booking out… Read more »

Review of Getting Equal: A history of Australian feminism

Winter/Spring 2000

Review — Marilyn Lake, Getting Equal: A history of Australian feminism, Allen & Unwin, 1999. 316 pages. ISBN 1 86508 137 X Feminism is arguably one of the most powerful, the most energy-charged and the most radical of the ideas thrown up in the modern age. It has the potential to challenge the very foundations… Read more »

Crisis and Leadership: A time-tested blueprint for today’s leaders

Winter/Spring 2000

In the 1960s, when I was a teenager in the United States, it seemed like a day didn’t go by without a city boiling over in protest. The Civil Rights movement had erupted out of the South, and African Americans’ struggle for basic democratic rights had spread across the country. Conscription for the Vietnam War… 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 »

The Whole Woman: Germaine Greer Demolishes “Post Feminism”

Winter/Spring 1999

A friend of mine has a clever T-shirt which reads “I’ll be a post-feminist in post-patriarchy.” Germaine Greer’s new book, The Whole Woman, is a book version of the T-shirt. Greer wrote the book she said she’d never write. The Whole Woman is a sequel to The Female Eunuch, one of several books which inspired… Read more »