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Damned Whores and God's Police: The Colonization of Women in Australia (A… (edition 1975)

by Anne Summers (Author)

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Title:Damned Whores and God's Police: The Colonization of Women in Australia (A Pelican Original)
Authors:Anne Summers (Author)
Info:Penguin Books (1975), Edition: 1st, 494 pages
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An excellent presentation of the history of the role of women in Australian society and why we find ourselves in the situation that we were in the early to mid 70's. Interesting to read in 2019 knowing what has and has not changed since then. ( )
  ElizabethCromb | Jun 12, 2019 |
It might seem like reading a 700 page book about women in another country halfway across the world would have little reward. In fact, I was worried that might be the case. I was wrong about that. In spite of the author's reiterating that this was the world of women in Australia, I found little unfamiliar. Oh, some of the phrases - our Madonna and Whore turned into Damn Whores and God's Police, but the roles and the rhetoric, the societal expectations and the demands made on women were more similar than different. The names of the early pioneers were, of course, not familiar, except when she was discussing the UK and US movements that inspired the Australian feminists. In the end, though, this book was perhaps too depressingly familiar. All that changes is the cities and states, the politicians, and the terms used for familiar objects. It is a valuable resource to look at ways in which seemingly ordinary things, like living in the suburbs, were turned into ways to isolate women and police their roles. Oh, and I do much prefer the term they use for domestic violence - wife bashing sounds so much more authentic than wife battering, and doesn't bring up those odd images of women deep fried by Long John Silver's. ( )
  Devil_llama | May 16, 2019 |
I've only reviewed the (quite long) introduction, see https://anzlitlovers.com/2017/03/08/damned-whores-and-gods-police-by-anne-summer... ( )
  anzlitlovers | Mar 13, 2017 |
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Sexual harassment, domestic violence and date rape had not been named, although they certainly existed, whenDamned Whores and Gods Policewas first published in 1975. That was before the Sex Discrimination Act of 1984 and before large numbers of women became visible in employment, in politics and elsewhere across society.… (more)

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