Yours, Mine & Femme! Ep. 18 Women & Swearing: From public nuisances to feminist protest

Aussie’s have a long history with swearing, in fact, obscene language has been a key characteristic of our beloved archetypes such as the bushman, the bullock-driver and the digger at war. On the other hand, however, women have long been regarded as the guardians of morality and respectability and by extension heavily scrutinized when using profanity.  But then, along came the second wave feminists who used bad language as a way to challenge social norms!  Such examples include Germaine Greer, who was convicted for saying “bullsh*t” and “f*ck” during an Auckland Town Hall meeting in 1972.
Thursday Drive EP Bella Michie sat down with Dr Amanda Laugesen from Australian National University to explore the complicated history of women swearing!
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