Sexual & gender politics
Invasion of the Pod People
Queering the Archives
What do we know about queer lives and stories from the past? In November, we’ll delve into LGBTIQA+ histories with a special live recording of the Archive Fever podcast.
Archive Fever is an Australian history podcast of conversation with writers, artists, curators and historians about the possibilities and limitations of archival records. At this event, hosts Clare Wright and Yves…
Private Parts: How to Teach and Learn Consent
Please note that this video includes discussion of sensitive topics around consent. If you require support (and are in Australia), you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre on 1800 015 188. Further resources are available here.
There was 'no means no'. Then 'yes means yes'. Now, we have notions of 'enthusiastic consent' and…
The Wheeler Centre
Toxic Femininity: White Tears/Brown Scars
Hella Ibrahim, Ruby Hamad and Celeste Liddle at the Wheeler Centre
In 2018, Sydney journalist Ruby Hamad wrote an article for the Guardian that touched a nerve with readers around the world. The article, ‘How white women use strategic tears to silence women of colour,’ was about the special and dangerous claims white women make to victimhood – in the workplace, in public debate, and in private interactions – and how these adversely affect and are wielded against women of colour.
The ‘damsel in distress’ tactic, Hamad wrote, is employed ‘to muster sympathy and avoid accountability, by turning the tables and accusing the accuser.’
She has since adapted the article into a new book, White Tears/Brown Scars. Hosted by Hella Ibrahim, Hamad is joined at the Wheeler Centre by Arrernte activist and social commentator Celeste Liddle for a discussion about what happens when racism and sexism collide.
The Fifth Estate
Family Violence Emergency
Sally Warhaft and Jess Hill
The recent book by Jess Hill, See What You Made Me Do, calls for a drastic and urgent rethink in the way we conceive of family violence in Australia. Rigorously researched, and packed with interviews and case studies, it's a once-in-a-generation book that asks us to look beyond received wisdom to confront the complexities of family violence squarely.
Hill asks: What are we really doing about family violence? Why, in so many cases, are our justice and enforcement systems making things worse for women and children? Why have we settled for modest gains and vague long-term targets? What causes perpetrators to be violent and what can we do to stop it right now?
With host Sally Warhaft, the Walkley-winning investigative journalist discusses her four-year undertaking of research and writing for See What You Made Me Do.
It’s hard to imagine anyone better qualified to speak about the ubiquity of bullying, humiliation and harassment in our culture than Monica Lewinsky. This August, when announced as a producer on the forthcoming series of American Crime Story, her public statement was characteristically considered, forthright and impressive: ‘People have been co-opting and telling my part in this story for…
Rage Against the Machine: Feminism and Capitalism
Single session tickets are now available.
Not all of us can afford to lean in, because some of us aren’t even in the room. How can feminism succeed if we’re at the mercy of capitalism?
We’re rightly galvanised by the fact that there are more CEOs at ASX200 companies in Australia named Andrew than there are women – but when…
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Free to Be All That We Are
To mark the Wheeler Centre’s Big Gay Week, Rodney Croome, campaign director of Australian Marriage Equality and an honourary lecturer in Sociology at the University of Tasmania, writes today and tomorrow on marriage and gay men.
Writing against gay marriage in The Australian Literary Review last month, gay academic Dennis Altman had more in common with conservative Christian advocates than he may like to…
Palin’s Lessons from Shakespeare
Politicians say the dumbest things. Over at Slate they’ve compiled their favourite Palinisms, tweets, Facebook updates and other wit from former Vice Presidential hopeful, Sarah Palin.
And she’s got plenty to say. Even in a tweet of 140 characters she manages to reflect on feminism: “Who hijacked term:‘feminist’?A cackle of rads who want 2 crucify other women w/whom they disagree on a singular issue…
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