The 'Daughter's Reply': self-representations of the 'Young Feminist' in Generation F and DIY feminism

Taylor, Anthea (2006) The 'Daughter's Reply': self-representations of the 'Young Feminist' in Generation F and DIY feminism. Outskirts: Feminisms Along the Edge, 15 .

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Author Taylor, Anthea
Title The 'Daughter's Reply': self-representations of the 'Young Feminist' in Generation F and DIY feminism
Formatted title
The ‘Daughter’s Reply’: self-representations of the ‘Young Feminist’ in Generation F and DIY Feminism
Journal name Outskirts: Feminisms Along the Edge   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1326-7965
Publication date 2006-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 15
Total pages 16
Editor Alison Bartlett
Place of publication Crawley, WA, Australia
Publisher Centre for Women's Studies, University of Western Australia
Language eng
Subject 16 Studies in Human Society
1699 Other Studies in Human Society
Formatted abstract
Following the publication of Helen Garner’s controversial rendering of the Ormond College sexual harassment case in her ‘non-fictional’ book, The First Stone: Some Questions about Sex and Power (1995), Australian feminism reached a point of what John Fiske would call ‘maximum discursive turbulence’ in media discourse (Fiske, 1996: 7). Published in early 1995 the book was loosely based on events at Ormond College, a residential college of the University of Melbourne, in 1991. The College’s Master was alleged to have sexually harassed two young female residents, who subsequently sought legal redress. In The First Stone (1995), Garner offers her personalised response to these events in a polemic on the limitations of feminism as she saw it being practised by younger women. Focusing on Garner’s nostalgic narrative about the misdirection (or misuse) of feminism by young Australian women, the media event played out in state-based and national newspapers and also resulted in a number of book length publications in response. Over ten years later, it remains a significant cultural flashpoint in recent Australian feminist history that requires critical reassessment. The texts of this media event, as indicative of the mediatisation of feminism, can be read symptomatically in terms of the broader relationship between feminism and media culture (including its print varieties). As part of that broader project, my focus here is the self-representational practices of those marketed as part of the ‘hotly contested’ (Harris: 2001) younger generation of women whose feminism came under scrutiny throughout this highly volatile, affective debate of the mid-1990s...
Keyword Feminism
Sexual harassment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
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