Lunchbox / Soapbox
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Feminism’s over, they say. It’s achieved all its goals. Women are equal now, so we should all shut up and go home. But if feminism has really succeeded, why does it still feel like we’ve got so much further to go?
‘Empowerment’ has been co-opted to mean any choice a woman’s able to make at all, whether or not that’s appearing in Zoo Weekly or having cosmetic surgery to make her body more monotonously mainstream.
Rape and sexual assault is still discussed through the prism of female responsibility, with conviction rates remaining depressingly low. Women are less likely to hold roles in public office or in the public eye at all, with the gender pay gap widening. And that’s just in the West. Women and girls are still the world’s primary victims of rape, violence, lack of education and poverty.
So if this is equality, why does it taste so weak?
Clementine Ford is a Melbourne-based writer, speaker and feminist thinker. She is a columnist for Fairfax’s Daily Life and is a regular contributor to the Age and Sydney Morning Herald. Through her twice-weekly columns for Daily Life, Clementine explores issues of gender inequality and pop culture. Fight Like a Girl is her first book.
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.