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 Master and the Mistress of the household once enjoyed much the same status, yet today, mistress is so associated with ‘dirty’ meanings that the difference between an ‘Old Mistress’ and an ‘Old Master’ is enough […]
Married or unmarried, young or old, tall or short, women can be guaranteed to be a ‘lesser’ form and to lower the tone. There was a time when (mainly English) upper class men had such prestigious names as Beverley, Francis, Evelyn and Shirley. Yet as soon as these ‘good’ names were chosen by parents for […]
This is the manuscript blog; Best read in sequence so start with 1 and work your way through. Enjoy!
Just think about the terms Mister and Mistress; like so many other titles they once enjoyed the same status, as each had their role as the head of the house. It’s almost impossible for a woman named as a mistress to even make the case that it TAKES TWO TO TANGO. And that she – is only one half of the equation!
THE F WORD BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL 2013/ STATE LIBRARY OF QUEENSLAND Moderator – dale spender GIVEN THAT WE HAVE JUST GOT THROUGH AN ELECTION (AND A CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT) I WOULD LIKE TO START WITH A REMINDER OF THE GREATEST POLITICAL VICTORY EVER. WHEN WOMEN WON THE VOTE! WHEN THEY WERE DEPRIVED OF EDUCATION, PROFESSIONS, […]