Australian Left Review

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Sisters and Slogans


Melissa Benn


Two books have recently been published by well-known socialist feminists: Lynne Segal's Is the Future Female'!: Troubled Thoughts on Contemporary Feminism, and Anne Phillips' Divided Loyalties: Dilemmas of Sex and Class. Although the books, and particularly Lynne Segal's, have rightly attracted a lot of interest - extracts have appeared in Britain in Spare Rib, the New Statesman and New Socialist - there has been little sense of a debate around the issues raised in the books, and particularly the troubled question: what has happened to socialist feminism in the 1980s? Reviews have mostly been calm and descriptive, written in the same sad but wise tone of the books themselves.



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