Quarterly Essay: On Women, Freedom and Misogyny: Anna Goldsworthy

Quarterly Essay: On Women, Freedom and Misogyny: Anna Goldsworthy

Western women today enjoy unprecedented freedom and power – but it can sometimes seem to be a game of two steps forward, one step back. From the gendered commentary surrounding Australia’s first female prime minister, Julia Gillard, to debates around porn, power and violence, popular culture is engaged in a constant tug of war over who and what women should be.

What do sensations like Mad Men and Fifty Shades of Grey tell us about our society’s attitudes towards female sexuality and submissiveness? And how can girls and women create a space in which to be free from unfair judgement?

In the fiftieth Quarterly Essay, renowned memoirist and concert pianist Anna Goldsworthy lays bare the dilemmas of being a woman today. She speaks with Sophie Black.


Portrait of Anna Goldsworthy

Anna Goldsworthy

Anna Goldsworthy is the author of the memoirs Welcome to Your New Life and Piano Lessons, and Quarterly Essay 50, On Women, Freedom and Misogyny. Her writing has appeared in the Monthly, the Age, the Adelaide Review and Best Australian Essays.

Portrait of Sophie Black

Sophie Black

Sophie Black is Head of Publishing at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on projects such as the new national writers scheme The Next Chapter, The Messenger podcast (Grand Trophy and two Gold Medals, New York Festivals Radio Awards 2017; UNAA Media Award for Best Radio Documentary; Walkley Award for Radio/Audio Feature; Australian Human Rights Commission Media Award) and the ABC Radio National program Talkfest

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