Whores aboard and laws abroad : Reputation in colonial New South Wales and the global Slander of Women movement
Lake, Jessica. (2022). Whores aboard and laws abroad : Reputation in colonial New South Wales and the global Slander of Women movement. Gender and History. pp. 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-0424.12632
In the nineteenth century, a gendered reform movement – the Slander of Women Acts – swept through the British common law world, making it easier for women to sue for defamatory allegations of sexual immorality. By examining two slander cases brought by women in early New South Wales and radical reforms passed in 1847, this article locates the Australian colonies within this global campaign. Arguing that slander worked to reinscribe a woman's colonial category, police ‘savage’ speech and rectify respectability for economic purposes, it shows how ideas of reputation and its protection diverged across the UK, USA and Australia at this time.
|Journal||Gender and History|
|Journal citation||pp. 1-19|
|Publisher||John Wiley & Sons Ltd|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-0424.12632|
|Web address (URL)||https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1468-0424.12632|
|Open access||Published as ‘gold’ (paid) open access|
|Research or scholarly||Research|
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|Online||18 Jul 2022|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||15 Jun 2022|
|Deposited||18 Aug 2022|
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