Not a feminist

I am not a feminist, I’m a socialist (an anarcho-syndicalist, but let’s not go there). As a young draft resister in the “60’s” I could not believe the women of SDS were diverting their energies into women’s rights. The revolution would automatically make everyone equal. Right?

And so, the Independent Woman, the subject of my M.Litt dissertation and of this blog, arose not from my non-existent feminist principles, nor even really for the education of my daughters and granddaughters, but from a guy thing. Feminists, for instance Anne Summers in Damned Whores and God’s Police (1975), claimed that women writers and female role models were largely not present in Australian writing and I thought that I could demonstrate that they were wrong.

Over the next few months (and years?) let’s see how I go.

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9 thoughts on “Not a feminist

  1. Welcome too wadholloway. I have followed you and will try to keep up. Interestingly, the next book I am just about to start is the memoir by Russell Ward’s daughter. I’m aware of Ward of course, but am not sure I’ve ever read his book cover to cover.

    As for your comment re feminism. Good one – I think the women realised, suddenly, that the fight for equality was not including them and that in fact they were often treated as second-class in the early movements. As I recollect from my reading, they women were told that their rights would come next, after whatever economic or race rights were currently at the forefront. (At least, that’s how it seems to have been in the US Civil Rights movement).

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  2. Thankyou WG, over the last few months I have checked out all the blogs recommended by MST and yours and Nathan Hobby’s are probably the two I find most relevant and interesting. I see there is a de facto policy of replying to every comment and I will do my best to keep up, given my travels and that Telstra and I don’t always agree on the best location for mobile phone towers (tonight I have compromised by stopping in a parking bay near Mt Magnet).

    I’m not sure the women in the antiwar movement were treated as second class, and certainly there was a lot of respect for the older and ferociously determined women of Save Our Sons, but rather we behaved towards our women contemporaries as our fathers did, unconsciouly I hope, and took the lead when there was any hesitation, and looked the other way when there was cooking and cleaning to be done. I may have changed, there has certainly been a lot of grief between then and now!

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    • Well thanks, wadholloway, I feel quite chuffed. Yes, it is normal practice to respond to commenters – but people understand. I know one blogger who seems to do all her responses on one day. Others, like me, respond pretty immediately – except when I’m busy, travelling, etc. Just do your best to be responsive. And enjoy, don’t let it become a chore!

      As for the movement, that’s one of the things I meant by second class, looking the other way when there was cooking and cleaning to be done. Women don’t love being left to those things. So the focus on the movement you are talking about was anti-war? Did those people move into fighting for women’s rights? Or was that left to the women, who had fought alongside men in the anti-war movement, to carry? I’m not talking about individual exceptions but as a whole? I know it’s a complex issue – with some understandably angry women around – and I can see your heart is in the right place!

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  3. Did those people move into fighting for women’s rights? Good question WG but I’ll have to take it on notice, ask some old friends as I was unable to hang around, myself, two years jail for non-compliance and all that! And then years of interstate trucking, a different milieu altogether.

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