Australian Left Review

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The Red and the Mauve


Feminism is confronted with the issue of "difference" on two fronts, with possibly contradictory political implications. On the one hand is the insistence on the difference between men and women, between men's values and women's values, men's ideas and women's ideas.

Melissa Benn's article "Sisters and Slogans" (ALR 100) raises some provocative questions about British socialist feminism and, by implication, socialist feminism in general - among them that the feminist side of socialist feminism has loitered; that the debate over sexuality within socialist feminism has largely been dropped; and that there's been a failure on the part of socialist feminists to build up a network of alliances based on a real recognition of "women's different histories".



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