Book Review

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 »

Transgender Warriors: Sure to shift consciousness

Summer/Autumn 1998

“Complex,” “groundbreaking,” “fascinating,” “amazing” and “transformative” are just a handful of the adjectives emblazoned across the back cover of Transgender Warriors. “Nobody will remain unaffected by this book,” predicts critic Heather Findlay. Although this all sounds like promotional hyperbole, I was also urged by a New York Radical Women comrade to read the book. I… Read more »

Positively Angry

Summer 1992/1993

Positive Women: Voices of Women Living with AIDS edited by Andrea Rudd and Darien Taylor, Second Story Press, Canada 1992, 269 pages This is not a feminist book. Or at least I should say this is not a book which presents the reader with a formed feminist analysis. It is a book that gives voice… Read more »