From Russia with love

Fake news and the Bolshevik ‘socialisation of women’

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  • Published 20230207
  • ISBN: 978-1-922212-80-1
  • Extent: 264pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook
A newspaper publication with the headline Fake News sits folding on a kitchen table. Is the media presenting all the sides of the news story?

[A]LL GIRLS OF 18 and over are public property and are compelled to register in the free love department of the Bureau of Public Assistance…

That was how, on 20 July 1918, the Melbourne Age introduced to Australia a bizarre but wildly influential claim about the early Soviet Union: namely, that Bolshevism entailed the ‘socialisation of women’.

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Jeff Sparrow

Jeff Sparrow is a Walkley Award-winning writer, editor and broadcaster. He is the author of ten books, his most recent being Crimes Against Nature:...

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