Some probably saw it coming. For one thing, Eunuch had its problems. It did not propose concrete solutions to the questions it raised, prompting frustration within the ranks. Greer never mentioned abortion or reproductive rights in the text, failing to anticipate what many would claim as the critical feminist issue of the next four decades: Roe v. Wade would be written into law just four years after Eunuch was published. As with most second-wave leaders, Greer spoke to gender alone as a source of oppression for women, failing to acknowledge how poor or non-white women might be oppressed by other forms of socialized patriarchy. And, despite her early and progressive views on gay rights, Greer was, and continues to be, largely transphobic. In Eunuch , for instance, she alludes to the story of a man who wants to become a woman, understanding the impulse as identification with, and craving for, feminine subjugation. This attitude persisted most notably in Greer’s 1999 book The Whole Woman , in which, in a chapter entitled “Pantomime Dames,” she chastised society’s acceptance of male-to-female transsexuals, writing, “The insistence that man-made women be accepted as women is the institutional expression of the mistaken conviction that women are defective males.”
Fon is a student who has come to Australia for a university education. So have Kai Chai and Aditya and Song Yi. All of them are seeking an encounter with the freedoms and opportunities provided by a Western democracy - sexual freedom, political freedom and personal self-determination. Student Body is an intriguing, surprising and rollicking insight into the experiences of four international students as they each encounter their own terrifying and seductive dragons - immigration officials, home-stay mothers, University counsellors and Australian lovers. Not only is Australia a very different place than they expected, the opposition from the freedoms they seek come as much from the cultural baggage they are all carrying as it does from their current residence. What will they sacrifice to secure a skilled migration visa? What, or who, among them can threaten that possibility? As they play a high-stakes game of chance with their futures, who will care if they stay or go?
Content : Louise Ferrier colour back issue/subscription page. Anti-war montage. ‘Counter-Authority’ by Peter Buckman. ‘The Half Remarkable Question’ - Incredible String Band lyric and 2p illustration by Johnny Hurford. Martin Sharp graphics. Flypower. Poverty Cooking by Felix and Anson. ‘The Year of the Frog’ by Jule Sachon. ‘Guru to the World’ - John Wilcock in India. ‘We do everything for them…’ - Rupert Anderson on homelessness. Dr Hipocrates (including ‘inflation’ letter featured in Playpower ). Homosexuality & the law. David Ramsay Steele on the abolition of Money. ‘Over and Under’ by David Widgery – meditations on cultural politics and Jeff Nuttall’s Bomb Culture . A Black bill of rights – LONG LIVE THE EAGLES! ‘Ho! Ho! Ho Chi Mall’ - the ethos of the ICA. Graphic from Nottingham University. Greek Gaols. Ads for Time Out and John & Yoko’s Two Virgins . Cream/Clapton. Interview with Manfred Mann. Deviants LP review by Felix Dennis. ‘Why Isn’t London Jumping’ by Geoffrey Cannon. James Taylor ad and ads for & review of Tiny Tim’s You Are What You Eat .