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.
Join us at the Wheeler Centre for a live serving of Law School counsel. The pair will first tackle your own terrible, terrible problems (submit them online beforehand, or at the event). They’ll then discuss their relationship with each other, and share stories from the trenches of their unlikely (and potentially ruinous) advice column.
You kiss your mother with that mouth?
Hosted by Amy Gray.
Benjamin Law writes books, TV screenplays, columns, essays and feature journalism. He’s the author of the memoir The Family Law (2010), the travel book Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012) – both nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards – and the Quarterly Essay on Safe Schools, Moral Panic 101 (2017).
He also created and co-wrote three seasons of the award-winning SBS TV series The Family Law, and his sold-out debut play Torch the Place (Melbourne Theatre Company) ran February–March 2020.
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.