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Issue Details: First known date: 2019... 2019 Intersectional Feminist Friendship : Restoring Colour to the Second-wave through the Letters of Florynce Kennedy and Germaine Greer
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'Situated in the context of renewed efforts to examine and expand the historical scholarship on 1970s American feminism, this article argues for the centrality of black feminism to the story of 1970s feminism, the importance of intersectional friendship for feminist work, and the critical role of intersectional awareness and consciousness about one's own identity position for feminist scholarship. Through its three-part structure, the article seeks to demonstrate and illuminate the relationship between historical scholarship, scholarly identity, and methodological choices. First, it examines the U.S. media construction of Germaine Greer as an idealised white, heterosexual feminist subject and considers the dialectical relationship between media output, scholarship that draws on it, feminist group politics, and the making of a singular hegemonic white feminist past. Second, in order to tease out the role of the historian's identity in scholarly production, I discuss my own experience of fluid, intersectional identity as a racially ambiguous woman in Australia and the United States, and the influence of this experience on my research and methodological choices. Third, through an analysis of previously unexamined letters between Germaine Greer and Florynce Kennedy, the article explores their influential and mutually supportive friendship. Allied across lines of race and nation, their intersectional friendship is a powerful example for working across difference and reconceptualising our feminist pasts and futures.' (Publication abstract)


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    y separately published work icon Lilith no. 25 November 2019 17381350 2019 periodical issue ‘GET OUT OF MY UTERUS’ and ‘Women’s rights are human rights’ are slogans you might expect to see in an exhibition on the Women’s Liberation Movement. Yet in 2019, a year that has seen the sustained activism of women worldwide for recognition of female health concerns, women’s safety and bodily autonomy in the eyes of the State, these slogans are more relevant than ever. Australian women watched as the American state of Alabama passed the most restrictive abortion ban in the United States, containing no exceptions for rape or incest. Closer to home, anti-abortion groups recently rallied against a bill proposing to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales. Violence against women remains a national crisis. For Australian women between 15 and 44 years of age, intimate partner violence is the leading cause of death, disability and illness. It is even worse for Indigenous women, who are thirty-seven times more likely to be hospitalised than non-Indigenous women. On average one woman per week is killed by an intimate partner. (Editorial introduction) 2019 pg. 76-92
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