Michelle Arrow, Angela Woollacott
March 31, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 174 Pages
ISBN 9780367472528 - CAT# 363206
How the Personal became Political brings together new research on the feminist and sexual revolutions of the 1970s in Australia. It addresses the political and theoretical significance of these movements, asking how and why did matters previously considered private and personal, become public and political?
These movements produced a series of changes that were both interconnected and profound. The pill became generally available and sexuality was both celebrated and flaunted. Homosexuality was gradually decriminalized. Gay liberation and Women’s Liberation erupted. Activists established women’s refuges, rape crisis centres, and counselling services. Crucially, in Australia, these developments coincided with the election of progressive governments, who appointed women’s advisors and expanded the role of the state in the provision of childcare and other services. It was a decade of contestation and transformation.
This book addresses the political and theoretical significance of these 1970s revolutions, and poses key questions about the nature of sweeping change. What were the key policy shifts? How were protests connected to legislative reforms? How did Australia fit into the broader transnational movements for change? What are the legacies of these movements and what can activists today learn from them? Scholars from several disciplines offer fresh insight into this wave of social revolution, and its contemporary relevance.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal, Australian Feminist Studies.
Introduction - How the Personal Became Political: The Feminist and Sexual Revolutions of the 1970s, Michelle Arrow and Angela Woollacott
Chapter 1: How the Personal became Political: The Feminist Movement of the 1970s, Elizabeth Reid
Chapter 2: Beauty Becomes Political: Beginnings of the Women’s Liberation Movement in Australia, Susan Magarey
Chapter 3: When the Personal Became Too Political: ASIO and the Monitoring of the Women’s Liberation Movement in Australia, Evan Smith
Chapter 4: Feminism in Sydney’s Suburbs: ‘Speaking Out’, Listening and ‘Sisterhood’ at the 1975 Women’s Commissions, Isobelle Barrett Meyering
Chapter 5: Making Family Violence Public in the Royal Commission on Human Relationships, 1974-1977, Michelle Arrow
Chapter 6: Being a Woman’s Adviser at the State Level: Deborah McCulloch and Don Dunstan in 1970s South Australia, Angela Woollacott
Chapter 7: Before the Refrain: The Personal and the Political in South Australia’s Sexual Revolution, Clare Parker
Chapter 8: Abortion and the Limits of the Personal Becoming Political, Barbara Baird
Chapter 9: Activism and Australia’s Ban on Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Military Service in the 1970s-1980s, Noah Riseman