Law School Live
You might think you have issues with talking to your parents about sex – but really, you probably have less than Benjamin Law and Jenny Phang do. For more than 20 issues of the Lifted Brow, this gutter-going mother-son duo have co-written their funny, frank and often heartfelt sex and relationships column.
Benjamin is a writer whose work has broached subjects of sex (Gaysia) and family (The Family Law) with candour and wit. His mother Jenny was born in Malaysia, and raised five children. In each edition of Law School – now anthologised as a book – they bring different cultural and generational perspectives to relationship problems ranging from financial BDSM to sharehouse nudity and Tinder addiction.
Benjamin and Jenny join us at the Wheeler Centre for a live serving of Law School counsel – tackling your own terrible, terrible problems, as well as discussing their relationship with each other, and tales of their unlikely (and potentially ruinous) advice column collaboration. Hosted by Amy Gray.
Benjamin Law is a journalist, columnist, screenwriter and author of two books – The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012). Both were nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. The Family Law is now in its fourth reprint, and has been translated into French and adapted into an AACTA-nominated SBS TV series.
He's the co-author of the comedy book Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014), with his sister Michelle, and Law School, with his mother Jenny Phang. He also wrote the September 2017 Quarterly Essay, 'Moral Panic 101'. He is a frequent contributor to Good Weekend, Frankie and the Monthly.
Jenny Phang was born in Ipoh, Malaysia, and is the mother of five children, including writer (and her Law School co-author) Benjamin Law. She lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
Amy Gray is a freelance writer and author. She writes on politics, feminism and culture. Her work has appeared in the Age, the Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday Paper and other publications. She's currently working on her first fiction novel.