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.