In the early 1970s, the domestic ideal of breadwinner fathers and full-time mothers was increasingly criticised. Its limitations were vividly captured on the cover of Sexist society, published in 1972. A man and a woman are trapped in the stocks against the background of an idyllic hillside suburb. Sexist society includes extracts from interviews with many women and men – including a female homemaker, a male breadwinner, a bachelor, a homosexual, an extramarital lover, an unmarried mother, a separated husband and a sex worker. The editors, Sue Kedgley and Sharon Cederman, stated that: 'We have tried to include a balance of male and female because we believe that men are restricted almost as much as women in our sexist society.'
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Reference: Susan Kedgley and Sharyn Cederman, eds. Sexist society. Wellington: Alister Taylor, 1972
Photograph by Rad Drawbridge
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