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Disposing of the unwanted products of women’s bodies: identifying the gynaeocentric zone
3 March at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PMFree
Join the Melbourne Feminist History Group for a special viewing of the Old Treasury Building’s ‘Wayward Women?‘ exhibition followed by a discussion by Shurlee Swain regarding Melbourne’s gynaeocentric zone.
About Professor Emerita Shurlee Swain’s talk:
Disposing of the unwanted products of women’s bodies: Identifying the gynaeocentric zone
This paper explores Melbourne’s gynaeocentric zone, a distinct area accommodating a cluster of businesses charged with disposing of the unwanted products of women’s bodies. The key players in this zone were female workers who carved an independent living out of their socially stigmatised but highly necessary activities. Shaped by shame, the gynaeocentric zone was never publicly acknowledged but was well enough known to be easily found by people in need of its services. Emerging with the development of rudimentary public transport systems in the 1880s it dissipated as mobility increased into the 1920s.