Damned Whores and God's Police

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NewSouth Publishing, 2016 - Social Science - 600 pages
Sexual harassment, domestic violence and date rape had not been named, although they certainly existed, when Damned Whores and God's Police was 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. It was in this climate that Anne Summers identified 'damned whores' and 'God's police', the stereotypes that characterized all women as being either virtuous mothers whose function was to civilize society or bad girls who refused, or were unable, to conform to that norm and who were thus spurned and rejected. These stereotypes persist to this day, argues Anne Summers in this updated version of her classic book.

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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. Read full review

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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 ... Read full review

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Anne Summers AO is an author, journalist, political adviser and pioneering feminist. She is former head of the Office of the Status of Women and was an advisor to former Prime Minister Paul Keating. Her books include The Misogyny Factor, Ducks on the Pond and The Lost Mother: a story of art and love.

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