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Lynne Segal: The Pleasures (and Perils) of Ageing


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As a young woman, Lynne Segal rode the new waves of freedom in the 1960s and 1970s, living actively as an academic and feminist. Now in her 60s, she examines how her generation of baby boomers are coping with getting old. In her new book Out of Time: The Pleasures and Perils of Ageing, she draws on the musings of literary and artistic legends of the past, to see if we have learned anything about how to cope with the ageing process.

In today’s Lunchbox/Soapbox, Segal wrestles with the aches, pains and joys of joining an entirely new generation of people who got old somewhere along the way. Desire, sex, the relation to public spaces and today’s young people are all on the agenda, as she looks towards the challenge of finding a new way to experience a long and fulfilling life.


We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.

With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.

If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $10 lunchboxes in the performance space from 12.20pm.



Lynne Segal

Lynne Segal is anniversary professor of psychology and gender studies in the department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, London. Her books include Is the Future Female, Slow Motion, and Straight Sex. She co-wrote Beyond the Fragments: Feminism and the Making of Socialism with Sheila Rowb... Read more


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