'Nuclear Family No Thanks' badge, alternatively known as a button, produced in the 1970s in response to mounting debates around nuclear testing and nuclear power. The anti-nuclear movement in Australia began around 1972, when the French increased testing of bombs in the Pacific. The Movement was particularly active throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The text on this badge is a play on the well-known anti-nuclear slogan 'Nuclear Power? No Thanks'. However, it also foregrounds the fact that the liberation movements of that decade identified the traditional nuclear family as a key starting-point of oppression. The family as an institution was in crisis and increasingly seen as repressive and outmoded, especially by Feminist and Gay Liberation campaigners. This badge therefore encapsulates the progressive ideals of activists of that time, who saw social protests as intrinsically linked to anti-nuclear ones.

Physical Description

Circular badge. It has a laminated front with a yellow background and a red star burst. It has a black and yellow picture of four people hugging - a man, a woman and two children - over the red star burst. There is a black inscription around the edge. It is silver coloured on the back with a wire pin and loop.

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