Lilith: A Feminist History Journal


Vol. 16, Annual

History as a Weapon of Liberation
Welcome to the sixteenth edition of Lilith, the only Australian journal dedicated to the publication of feminist history. The theme of this issue follows from last year's symposium, 'A Feminist History of Violence: History as a Weapon of Liberation?'...
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A Feminist History of Violence: History as a Weapon of Liberation?
Paper delivered at the Lilith Symposium 10 November 2006 I was delighted by the invitation to participate in the 2006 Lilith symposium because feminist history is not only my research and teaching area; it is my passion. I like to believe that those...
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Schiller's Children: Ulrike Meinhof and the Terrorist Performative
A seemingly reluctant male actor in a mini-skirt and high heels is forced before the curtain of the Thalia Theatre in Hamburg, and a wig, a pale trench coat and a text are subsequently pushed through the curtain. The actor puts on the wig and coat...
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Exploring Feminism's Complex Relationship with Political Violence: An Analysis of the Weathermen, Radical Feminism and the New Left
We're SDS women fighters and we're part of a Revolutionary Army that's gonna take this country away from the few and give it back to all the people including women. We need women fighting to win this battle, and we can't let women remain slaves under...
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History and Actuality of Anarcha-Feminism: Lessons from Spain
Anarcha-feminism is, ultimately, a tautology. Anarchism seeks the liberation of all human beings from all kinds of oppression and a world without hierarchies, where people freely organise and self-manage all aspects of life and society on the basis...
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The Re-Conceptualisation of Domestic Violence under the Howard Government since 1996
Since its election in 1996, the Liberal Coalition Federal Government led by John Howard has engaged significantly with the issue of domestic violence in Australia. Throughout its administration the Howard government has distanced itself from the feminist...
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The Timeless Aberration: Wolfenden and the Making of Modern Prostitution
My colleagues were looking forward with naughty expectation to my conduct of this particular interview, and were more than usually fertile in their suggestions about questions which might be asked. (Lord Wolfenden reflecting on the prospect of interviewing...
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Speaking out against Rape: Feminist (Her)stories and Anti-Rape Politics
In 1970, Susan Brownmiller was a young woman journalist who had recently become involved in the women's liberation movement through her participation in the New York Radical Feminist consciousness-raising group, 'West Village I'. She also held the...
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Interrogating Non-Indigenous Support for Indigenous Self-Determination
This article draws on historical and contemporary sources to explore the contradictions inherent in the project of non-Indigenous support for the Indigenous movement for self-determination. It opens with some observations and accounts from several...
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Women, Water and Whiteness
In Western culture in general, and in Apartheid South Africa in particular, women are caught up in structures of language and power. In the South African politics of Apartheid, women and water were manipulated to serve the interests of the white male...
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'I'd Just like to Die with a Bit of Peace': The Role of Oral History in Reinterpreting Repressed Memories of Stillbirth and Neonatal Death in Australia's Past
Remembering the stillbirth of her first child over twenty five years ago at a major maternity hospital in Perth, Robin recalled her discharge from the hospital, and the ensuing grief and pain she felt: 'Nobody said anything ... nobody warned me of...
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No. 15, Annual

Does Feminist History Still Matter?
Welcome to the fifteenth edition of Lilith. When the first edition appeared over twenty years ago in 1984, it grew from the need for an Australian journal dedicated to the publication of feminist history. Although at that time the women's liberation...
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Past, Present, Future: The Future of Feminist History (1)
First, my thanks to the Lilith Collective for inviting me to reflect on the future of feminist history, although I confess at times I have felt completely daunted by this task. I'm not sure they realise quite how difficult it is for a historian to...
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Feminist History-Back to the Future
Henry Abelove has reflected on the different approaches his students have had to the history he teaches. It is the differences between his queer students of the present, and his lesbian and gay students of the past, that he ruminates on; the differences...
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On Reading the First Stone Ten Years Later
The invitation to reflect on feminism's future for Lilith and the desire to re-read Helen Garner's The First Stone (1995) were coincidental, but fortuitous. I have always been better at offering reflections than remedies and feminism has always had...
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Future Appointments in Feminist History
It was a dejected image invoked by Jill Matthews in 1986 when she spoke of women historians chancing upon a few 'women worthies', 'grazing quietly' by 'the male stream'. (1) It is even gloomier to picture ourselves there again, chewing the cud of Howard's...
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Explaining the Generation Debate: Envy, History or Feminism's Victories? (1)
Abstract The generation debate between baby-boomer feminists and their putative daughters, or 'baby busters', has been described as 'the most pressing task for the feminisms of our time, both inside and outside academe'. (2) This paper commences...
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'As the Past Coils like a Spring': Bridging the History of Australian Women Writers with Contemporary Australian Women Writers' Stories
The Australian writer Eleanor Dark referred to time as the dissolving barrier. In her novel The Little Company she says that time is circular: 'The past will coil up behind you like a spring, it will reach over your head to link up with the future...
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Iron Girls, Strong Women, Beautiful Women Writers and Super Girls: A Discourse Analysis of the Gender Performance of Women in Contemporary China
Abstract Using data collected from Shanghai from 2002 to 2005, this paper focuses on the gender performance of young women in today's China and how they understand their 'femininity' in their self-identification. Our analysis examines four popular...
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'A Mysterious and Undefined Difference of Sex': Equality and Difference in Antebellum American Feminist Thought
[E]ven after justice has got the upper hand of force in the world's judgments, a mysterious and undefined difference of sex ... seriously embarrasses the question of equality. --Paulina Wright Davis (1) In 1850, some of the most radical...
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Imagining the Black Body: Race, Gender and Gynaecology in Late Colonial Australia
Abstract This article will consider intersections between race, gender and imperialism in Australia in the late colonial period, through an exploration of medical attitudes towards bodies. It will examine the rhetorical construction of Indigenous...
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'The German Woman Has the Inner Energy to Work for Germanness': Race, Gender and National Socialism in Interwar Australia. (1)
On 10 November 1933, a meeting was held at the German Consulate in Sydney to discuss the founding of a newspaper to be called The Kangaroo. This title may have alluded to D.H. Lawrence's similarly named 1923 novel, Kangaroo, which explored the possibility...
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