Everyday revolutions: remaking gender, sexuality and culture in 1970s Australia

Michelle Arrow (Editor), Angela Woollacott (Editor)

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Abstract

The 1970s was a decade when matters previously considered private and personal became public and political. These shifts not only transformed Australian politics, they engendered far-reaching cultural and social changes. Feminists challenged ‘man-made’ norms and sought to recover lost histories of female achievement and cultural endeavour. They made films, picked up spanners and established printing presses. The notion that ‘the personal was political’ began to transform long-held ideas about masculinity and femininity, both in public and private life. In the spaces between official discourses and everyday experience, many sought to revolutionise the lives of Australian men and women.

Everyday Revolutions brings together new research on the cultural and social impact of the feminist and sexual revolutions of the 1970s in Australia. Gay Liberation and Women’s Liberation movements erupted, challenging almost every aspect of Australian life. The pill became widely available and sexuality was both celebrated and flaunted. Campaigns to decriminalise abortion and homosexuality emerged across the country. Activists set up women’s refuges, rape crisis centres and counselling services. Governments responded to new demands for representation and rights, appointing women’s advisors and funding new services.

Everyday Revolutions is unique in its focus not on the activist or legislative achievements of the women’s and gay and lesbian movements, but on their cultural and social dimensions. It is a diverse and rich collection of essays that reminds us that women’s and gay liberation were revolutionary movements.
LanguageEnglish
Place of PublicationActon, ACT
PublisherANU Press
Number of pages324
ISBN (Electronic)9781760462970
ISBN (Print)9781760462963
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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gender
liberation
women's liberation
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women's rights
cultural change
femininity
rape
homosexuality
social effects
abortion
masculinity
privacy
counseling
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Arrow, Michelle (Editor) ; Woollacott, Angela (Editor). / Everyday revolutions : remaking gender, sexuality and culture in 1970s Australia. Acton, ACT : ANU Press, 2019. 324 p.
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Acton, ACT : ANU Press, 2019. 324 p.

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