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Law School Live
You might think you have issues with talking to your parents about sex – but really, you probably have less than Benjamin Law and Jenny Phang do. For more than 20 issues of the Lifted Brow, this gutter-going mother-son duo have co-written their funny, frank and often heartfelt sex and relationships column.
Amy Gray, Jenny Phang and Benjamin Law
Benjamin is a writer whose work has broached subjects of sex (Gaysia) and family (The Family Law) with candour and wit. His mother Jenny was born in Malaysia, and raised five children. In each edition of Law School – now anthologised as a book – they bring different cultural and generational perspectives to relationship problems ranging from financial BDSM to sharehouse nudity and Tinder addiction.
Benjamin and Jenny join us at the Wheeler Centre for a live serving of Law School counsel – tackling your own terrible, terrible problems, as well as discussing their relationship with each other, and tales of their unlikely (and potentially ruinous) advice column collaboration. Hosted by Amy Gray.
Harry Who? The True Heroes of Hogwarts
Remember the world before June 1997? If you can't, don't worry; you didn't miss much. The world was a dull, uninspired, basically pointless place. Nobody had ever heard of quidditch or boggarts or kneazles. Hardly anybody even knew how to pronounce 'Hermione'.
Luckily, J.K. Rowling stepped up and fixed everything. By imagining the incredible world of Hogwarts and writing the incomparable seven-book Harry…
Margin for Error
Fury reflects on the pitfalls and paradoxes of tokenism for marginalised writers.
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.
Why has The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood’s uniquely disturbing vision of feminist dystopia, struck such a chord in 2017?
Does the overwhelming response to the new TV Handmaid’s Tale series reflect a moment of unprecedented panic among feminists? Or are we waking…
Coming Back Out: Elder LGBTI+: Warrnambool
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…
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Sexually Transmitted Debt
Leaving an abusive relationship can be fraught. But when a person has finally made the break from his or her abuser, they may still be mired in the former partner’s debt – often with little legal recourse.
Poor credit ratings, gas and electricity disconnection, loss of property and even bankruptcy – these are some of the serious side effects of economic abuse. It’s a form of family violence that is under-examined, despite its crippling long-term effects.
How can our financial institutions and justice system do better to help those impacted by economic abuse? How do we raise the profile of this common but under-reported area of covert abuse? And what precautions should all of us take when entering into new life stages and new relationships?
Join us for a frank and informative conversation with Larke Riemer – who has knowledge of the issue from both sides, through her work in the finance industry and as someone who has personally incurred ‘sexually transmitted debt’ – Donna Letchford from Women’s Legal Service Victoria, and economic abuse survivor Christine Craik. Hosted by Santilla Chingaipe.
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Video of Leslie Cannold Speaking on the Problem with Feminists
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The problem with feminists, according to Australian Humanist of the Year Leslie Cannold, “is that there aren’t enough of them”. In this video of her recent Lunchbox/Soapbox presentation at the Wheeler Centre, the author and ethicist tackles what ideals should inform how female representation unfolds in the popular imagination. Ultimately, she sees us aspiring to build a world in which…
The Interrobang: A Festival of Questions
Will the world be a safer place when more women occupy positions of power? Rukmini Callimachi and Anne Summers
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