This is an optimistic work, and one with political intent.
The intent is to begin the hard conversation with white feminists
about whiteness and what it does to women and to a feminist agenda.
- from the Preface by Prof. Karen Brodkin
Dr Aileen Moreton-Robinson "talks up" in this provocative
interrogation of feminism in representation and practice. As
a Geonpul woman and an academic,
she provides a unique cultural standpoint and a compelling analysis
of the whiteness of Australian feminism and its effect on Indigenous
Through an extensive range of articles by non-white scholars
and activists, she demonstrates the ways whiteness dominates
from a position of power and privilege as an invisible and unchallenged
practice. She illustrates the ways in which Indigenous women
have been represented through the publications and teachings
of white Australian women. Such renderings of Indigenous lives
are in contrast to the many examples provided of life writings
by Indigenous women themselves.
Persuasive and engaging, Talkin' Up to the White Woman
is a timely argument for the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives
in developing the teachings and practices that impact on Australia's
Cover by Peter Evans, concept by Tracey