Feminism Has Failed: Virginia Hausegger
“Traditional, cultural practices that assert male authority will always disadvantage women. So why do we kow-tow to them?” Virginia Haussegger states in the Intelligence Squared: Feminism Has Failed. She argues for the affirmative in this debate, pointing out that despite the progress feminism has made she believes there is a “global war against women” fought on the “battleground of a woman’s body”. While feminism may have helped women in developed nations, many of the world’s women remain trapped in patriarchy.
Portions of this talk were reproduced over at ABC’s The Drum website.
Wendy McCarthy has been an educator, advocate and commentator in Australian public life and company director for the past forty years.
Monica Dux is a columnist with the Age, and the author of Things I Didn’t Expect (when I was expecting) (2013), co-author of The Great Feminist Denial (2008), and editor of the forthcoming anthology Mothermorphosis (April 2015). She can be heard regularly on ABC radio and 3RRR, and has published widely, especially on women’s issues. Monica is a founding board member of the Stella Prize.
Stephen Mayne is a Walkley Award winning journalist who for almost 10 years worked as a reporter, business editor, gossip columnist and chief of staff at major Australian newspapers.
Jennifer Byrne is a senior journalist and broadcaster who has worked in all arms of the media: print, radio and television.
Having done her cadetship at the Age and worked on UK’s Fleet Street, she was a founding reporter with Channel Nine’s Sunday programme and spent some 12 years traveling the world for 60 Minutes and as anchor for Foreign Correspondent. She was publishing director of Reed Books, morning presenter on ABC radio, won national awards as interviewer and columnist for the Bulletin and, in May 2006, returned to TV to create the country’s first televised Book Club, which ran on the ABC for 11 years until December 2019.
Gay Alcorn began her career in Queensland, and joined The Sunday Age before its launch in 1989.
Dr Simon Longstaff is Executive Director of St James Ethics Centre and chairs the Intelligence Squared debates in Sydney and Melbourne.
Virginia Haussegger is an award winning journalist, author and social commentator.