Only in the last few years has the white woman found a voice in
colonial histories. Her voice questions the myth of the ignorant,
jealous memsahib who turned the happy Arcadia of early race relations
into a bitter segregation. However, almost as soon as she spoke up, the
white woman has been told to shut up again. She is told that she speaks
from a selective memory; she paints her role in colony-making in the
most favourable light; and she refuses to understand the deep-seated
class and race oppression which characterises all colonies.