Damned Whores and God's Police

Damned Whores and God's Police

by Anne Summers

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/03/2016

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Sexual harassment, domestic violence and date rape had not been named, although they certainly existed, when Damned Whores and God’s Police was first published in 1975.

That was before the Sex Discrimination Act of 1984 and before large numbers of women became visible in employment, in politics and elsewhere across society.

It’s hard to imagine an Australia where these abuses were not yet fully understood as obstacles to women’s equality, yet that was Australia in 1975.

It was in this climate that Anne Summers identified ‘damned whores’ and ‘God’s police’, the stereotypes that characterised all women as being either virtuous mothers whose function was to civilise society or bad girls who refused, or were unable, to conform to that norm and who were thus spurned and rejected by mainstream Australia. These stereotypes persist to this day, argues Anne Summers in this updated version of her classic book which, in the 40 years since it was first published, has sold well over 100,000 copies and been set on countless school and university syllabuses.

Who are today’s damned whores? And why do women themselves still want to be God’s Police? And although sexual harassment, domestic violence and date rape are well understood today they are nevertheless still with us and seem to be increasing. The fight is far from over.

About the Author
Dr Anne Summers is a best-selling author, journalist and thought-leader with a long career in politics, the media, business and the non-government sector in Australia and abroad.

ISBN:
9781742234908
9781742234908
Category:
Feminism & feminist theory
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-03-2016
Publisher:
NewSouth Publishing Frontlist
Dimensions (mm):
234x153mm
Anne Summers

Anne Summers has been prominent in Australian media, politics and feminist activism for the past four decades. She has advised governments, been an award-winning journalist, edited magazines - in Australia and in New York - led the international environmental organisation Greenpeace and even had her image on a postage stamp.

She is the author of eight books, including the classic Damned Whores and God's Police, Ducks on the Pond, The Lost Mother and The Misogyny Factor.

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