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Monica Dux: The Happy Gestator


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Pregnancy is natural, healthy and fun. Sure it is; if you’re lucky. When Melbourne writer and procreator Monica Dux got pregnant she failed to see what all the joy was meant to be about. Pregnancy yoga, orgasmic birth, even the proverbial glow escaped her. Monica grapples with her failure to glow, let alone spark, during her pregnancies and asks, what’s with the contemporary push for pregnant women to be so damn happy?

Lunchbox/Soapbox’s themes are idiosyncratic: from pop-cultural analysis to high cultural criticism; from political grandstanding to personal mischief-making. But they’ll all be thought-provoking. Bring your lunch along to this bite-sized session.



Monica Dux

Monica Dux is a writer and commentator. She is the author of Lapsed: losing your religion is harder than it looks (HarperCollins ABC Books, 2021), Things I Didn’t Expect (when I was expecting) (MUP, 2013), co-author of The Great Feminist Denial (MUP, 2008), and editor of the anthology Mothermorpho... Read more


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