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Book Description

May and July 1981. Two side-stapled booklets, measuring 31 x 20cm, pp. 29 and 43 + b/w illustrations. White and mauve/ magenta wrappers, illustrated by ‘Pink Jane’. Wrappers a little toned, grubby, fox spots to stapled edges, stains and curl to Part 2. Else, clean.
Dealer Notes
Scarlet Women (1976-1982) was a national newsletter produced by a women’s collective based in North Shields, Tyneside and printed by Moss Side Community Press Women’s Co-op, Manchester. It emerged from discussions begun by socialist feminists during the 1976 National Women’s Liberation conference in Newcastle and ran to 13 issues.
1981 proved a year of schism for the women’s liberation movement, splintered (further) by ‘the sex wars’, a current which is much in evidence in Part 2. It includes contributions by well known figures, such as Al Garthwaite (on fighting against sex-shops, “from discussion and consciousness raising with revolutionary and other feminists in Leeds, with Women Against Violence Against Women, and women in the Patriarchy Study Group”) and Sheila Jeffreys (’The Spinster and her Enemies: Sexuality and the last wave of feminism,’ a subject and title which she later reworked and expanded into a 1985 essay collection), plus a review of Adrienne Rich’s classic lesbian feminist essay, ‘Compulsory Heterosexuality & Lesbian Existence’ (1980). ‘Manny’s powerful illustrated essay about Islam and sexuality also featured, alongside Lal Coveney’s piece on sado-masichism. Jeffreys is another contentious figure within (lesbian) feminism (see the Pizzey and Markham items), with her later work espousing a virulently trans-exclusionary position.
Author SCARLET WOMEN COLLECTIVE
Date 1981
Publisher North Shields, Tyne and Wear: Scarlet Women Collective
Condition Very good and good+

Price: £60.00

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