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Badge - Scream from Silence, 1986 Object Reg. No: SH 920487

Summary:
Badge, alternatively known as a button, made by Patrick Bros circa 1986.
It is part of collection of buttons assembled by donor while active in left-wing politics at University of Melbourne 1979 - 86. It was produced for the Australian Union of Students Womens' Department as a response to sexual harassment. It implores women to 'Scream From Silence'. This slogan is a response to and a rejection of the long held idea that sexual harassment had somehow been invited by its victim and so silence and shame were the most appropriate response. The badge and its message can be seen as another facet of the Womens' Liberation Movement which had begun in earnest in Australia in the early 1970s.
Description:
This is a circular button. It has a light aqua background. There is a illustration with blue petals ringing a yellow inkblot-shaped centre, containing the slogan in blue ink.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Bill Watson, 1990
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 45 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Measured 2.10.08

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Tagged with: gender roles, sexuality, women s role
Themes this item is part of: The Women's Movement, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: POLITICS & PUBLIC PROTEST
Secondary Classification: (To Be Classified)
Tertiary Classification: badges
Inscriptions: Printed front: STOP SEXUAL HARASSMENT/ a.u.s. women's department/ scream/ from/ silence
Stamped reverse: PATRICK BROS/MELBOURNE
Manufacturer: Patrick Bros., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1986

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