Feminism is back on the agenda. The F word has become the favourite word of many young women – and the older ones are coming out of cold storage where they have been confined for the past decades. Mission Australia, not known for its radical views (or leading questions) has found ‘for the first time’ […]
Place of Speech: Business and Professional Women Caboolture Date of Speech: Friday 1st November 2013 Thank-you for asking me to talk this morning about modern feminism. I’m delighted to be here. Recently I have felt as though I have been brought out of retirement – as for the last 20 years feminism has not been […]
This is the manuscript blog; Best read in sequence so start with 1 and work your way through. Enjoy! I’ve spent my entire adult life trying to avoid being called MRS and there are good reasons for this. I want to be my own person and not defined in relation to a man. But as […]
The very early feminists argued that women’s greatest handicap was financial dependence: while ever men controlled the purse-strings they exerted great power over those who needed the money. This is why financial independence – and the education that was necessary to achieve it – were among the first demands of the feminist platform. Centuries of […]
This is the manuscript blog; Best read in sequence so start with 1 and work your way through. Enjoy!
The words we use in everyday language did not arrive on earth pure and ready made. They have been ‘invented’ over the generations by certain people who need them and use them. The words that get into the dictionary – and shape the meanings for all the community – are those of public figures who give speeches and write books and articles and make pronouncements. Their words of approval and disapproval, of praise and scorn and fear and fantasy, are the ones that have endured in books and papers and official documents.
These words – and the way they are used – are quoted and recorded, and provide the definitions of meanings for the rest of us as well.