Sexual & gender politics
The Festival of Questions
What the Hell? The Handmaid’s Tale in 2017
This may not seem ordinary to you now, but after a time it will. It will become ordinary.
We’re concluding the Festival of Questions with an evening of readings, rantings, debate and discussion inspired by The Handmaid’s Tale. Why has Margaret Atwood’s uniquely disturbing vision of feminist dystopia struck such a chord in 2017?
Does the overwhelming response to the…
Girl on a Wire: Women and Social Media
The problem of verbal and emotional violence against women online remains insufficiently – or often, mistakenly – addressed. Headlines about online harassment continue to focus on victims rather than perpetrators, while platforms like Twitter and Facebook struggle to define and act upon the difference between free speech and abuse.
But there’s also the upside: social media’s potential for women who are…
Invasion of the Pod People: Can U Not? Featuring Megan Tan
Inspired by US podcasts like Women of the Hour and Call Your Girlfriend, Can U Not? is one of a new crop of Australian podcasts centred around entertaining and insightful critiques of pop culture – as young women experience and enjoy it. Hosts Brodie Lancaster and Kamna Muddagouni cover topics as broad as the merit of awards, celebrity Snaps…
Coming Back Out: Elder LGBTI+
Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (LGBTI) people remember an era of state-sanctioned stigma and discrimination that might be hard for younger people to fathom. It wasn’t until 1997 that sex between men, for example, was decriminalised in every Australian state and territory.
For many older LGBTI+ people, the world they live in today is drastically different to the…
Alcohol and Us: Sydney
In our backyards, balconies and beer gardens – Australians get along famously with booze. Drinking is an entrenched part of our national identity: it’s a recurrent theme in our pop culture, a scene-setter for friendship, a supposedly inherent part of work and play.
Lately, though, as the personal, social and public health costs of drinking become clear, many Australians are…
Fela Kuti: Opposite People
Fela Kuti was a legend, a luminary, a dissident, a mystic, a Pan-Africanist and an activist. He pioneered the sound and the spirit of Afrobeat, a style of music that blended jazz and funk with provocative political lyrics and traditional African rhythms.
Fela’s irresistable music – and his often scathing lyrics, sung in Nigerian pidgin and Yoruba – made him…
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Focus on Women Behind the Camera
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What happens when women get behind a camera? How do they use cameras to cast a fresh look on the world around them? Organised by the Melbourne Centre of International PEN to mark 2011’s International Women’s Day, ‘She Must be Seeing Things’ featured an illuminating presentation by film critic and academic Deb Verhoeven. Exploring the relationship between activism and filmmaking…
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