In a paper that she took to the Marxist Feminist Conference in Sydney in June 1977, Canberra Women's Liberationist
Biff Ward described the 'initial exhilarating flush of feminism' which was 'based on four things, which together gave a feeling of personal elation and closeness to other women, which we call sisterhood'.
and historian Ann Curthoys, for example, described herself as sharing the care of her son with her husband 'equally, rigidly equally' (For and Against Feminism 31).
It certainly doesn't, and it isn't what women's liberationists
in the 1970s were fighting for.
While Browder gives us interesting snapshots of famous and infamous women with guns--including Bonnie Parker of Bonnie and Clyde, Elaine Brown of the Black Panthers, and Carolyn Chute of the contemporary militia movement--we are not given much information about what women's gun use meant to moderate civil rights activists (or moderate racists for that matter), women's liberationists
, military employees, or regular law-abiding citizens.
Alternatively, a fascinating 1971 article in The Ladder, the magazine of the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB), the first national lesbian organization, treated monogamous, stable relationships as a longstanding feature of lesbian culture, one that young gay liberationists and women's liberationists
had unfairly dismissed.
Bock suggests that the goals of women's liberationists
were different from those of earlier women's rights campaigners since they attempted to speak for all women while emphasizing individual subjectivity.
I hope I'm not going to face the wrath of women's liberationists
over equal rights for female dogs