Undercurrents 29 Women’s Issue August-September 1978 Contents
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2 The Earth, Our Home – Stephanie Leland: Are there links between the women’s movement and the AT movement?
4 Walking Round Windscale – Irene Coats: One Woman’s View of being involved in the Windscale Inquiry
6 New Clear Energy – Melanie Thompson & Kat Hollingbury: Two women use dance to express their reactions to Nuclear Power
8 Women and Energy – Jackie Gillott, Diana Howden & Snowy James: Three personal views on Women and Energy.
10 Que Sera Sera? – Judy Bartlett: The missing dimension in Socialist thought?
11 Feminists against Nukes – Sue Smith & Sheryl Crown: Women find their voice in the Anti Nuclear movement.
12 Seeds and Pulses – Helen Lovell & Pulse: City Seeds, a shop in the City and a collective in Brighton, run by women.
13 Blowing it Sky Fi – Joan Turner: Androgynous, polygenetic and hermaphroditic futures
14 ‘ . . and there begins our alienation from Science’ – Liz Manton: Women scientists talk about women and science
16 Role On – Barbara Bentley: What conditions our roles, now is the time to change.
17 Bringing it all back Home – Ruth Elliott: Women, Work and Trade Unions
19 Farewell to Welfare – Susie Lobbenberg: Institutionalised caring with women playing a leading role … what happens with the cuts?
21 Woman thought – Mary Coghill: Do men and women speak a different language?
24 Alice’s Alternative Adventures with AT man – Jo Nesbitt: Alternative technology does not necessarily mean liberation for men and women
26 Contraception – Virginia Lawrence: Whose responsibility?
27 A ‘Liberator’ – Salle Grey: Is Liberation a machine called liberator?
28 A return to our Senses – LindaWelch: Birth and Technology
29 Woman A.T. home – Brenda Vale & Denise Arnold: The ‘technology’ of the Home
32 Communes and exchanging skills – Sue Smith, Ann Brander & Jola Scicinska: Three women reclaiming technology
34 A Quizz
35 What’s On and What’s What
39 Book Reviews
46 Information on Womens Groups – and Stock up on your back issues of Undercurrents.
47 Small Ads
48 Subscription form & Masthead
Editor/Co-ordinator: Lyn Simonon,
Editor: Rosemary Randall
News: Susie Lobbenberg and Judy Bartlett
Whats On and What’s What: Barbara Kern
Reviews: Val Robinson and Vicky Hutchings
Production: Chris Cooper, Susie Laming, Annette Ford, Jenny Whitman, Denise Arnold, Loanna Veal, Virginia Lawrence, Janet Payne, Jola Scicinsca, Joan Turner, Marriane Gordon
Typesetting: Jenny Pennings
Cover: Janet Baldwin, Laura Margolis, Joanna Alman
Thanks to Ann Decker and Redesign.
EDITORIAL MEETINGS: Undercurrents is cooked up at weekly meetings at our editorial office on Wednesday evenings, starting at 7 p.m. Anyone who wants to do more than simply read the magazine is welcome to come along . . Farringdon is the nearest tube station and ours is the top bell at 27 Clerkenwell Close London EC1 R OAT Telephone 01-253 7303.
WOMEN HOLD UP HALF THE SKY
Why a women’s issue of Undercurrents? Undercurrents has always dealt with areas that are excluded from mainstream, traditional thinking. It has been concerned practically with those things that aren’t there, and with the politics of why this should be so. It has been concerned with the practical transformation of the way in which society’s basic needs can be met. It has faced the questions of energy power and supply, construction et our living space, the food we eat, our health, forms of social , organisation and (sometimes) our relationships.
Undercurrents has its own areas of exclusion however, and one of these has, until recently, been women and their part in technology. It is an exclusion which Undercurrents has shared with mainstream scientific thinking. Women have traditionally been the consumers of a technology which has been obtained or created for them by men. It seems that even within radical technology women (& men) have still to work hard in order not to find themselves in traditional roles again. The women’s movement is as yet embryonic. We are changing, men are changing, we are not against one another, we need one another. What happens now is crucial.
Over the past few years the women’s movement has developed its own philosophy and approach to specific issues. The concept of control over our own bodies, the right to define our own sexuality, self-help health groups, support and education groups, the concept of sharing, child-care, and an anarchic structure which works. Perhaps most important of all is the concept that the personal is political. In this issue we as a group of women have tried to bring these insights into the areas dealt with by Undercurrents. Thinking about the energy of women it has been exciting to feel the energy potential that has come across in getting the issue together. We have energy. We have power! The following pages will make it self-evident. Why a women’s issue of Undercurrents. We have a lot to say as women. And it is directly related to what Undercurrents is all about.