role reversal: the real sex revolution

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 […]

whats in a name?

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 […]

4. the master and the mistress

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!

brisbane writers festival 2013 – the f word

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, […]