Thankfully I have just finished the last posting of the online section of the subject I'm doing. I hate online subjects, for so many reasons. At least in the last online subject I did I had a very interactive tutor who replied to most of the comments, which greatly helped everyone know whether they were on track or not. In this subject the lecturer very rarely comments, and we are expected to print off seven of our postings and hand them in for assessment. Seems like an incredibly lazy way to teach. I'll be glad to get back into the classroom next week, and actually have some face-to-face interaction. The last module is Aboriginal Australia and race relations, once again it will be interesting to hear the American students' perspectives.
This week's reading included the following comment from Louisa Lawson (the editor and owner of an early Australian feminist newspaper, The Dawn, which was also staffed entirely by women, a suffragette, and oh, the mother of one of Australia's most famous writers, Henry Lawson, although that little fact usually comes first!!) on 23 May 1889:
The popular idea of an advocate of women’s rights is this: she is an angular hard-featured withered creature with a shrill, harsh voice, no pretence to comeliness, spectacles on nose, and the repulsive title “bluestocking” visible all over her. Metaphorically she is supposed to hang half way over the bar which separates the sexes, shaking her skinny fist at men and all their works."
Seems that the representations of feminists as 'hairy lesbians who hate men' is nothing new.