Sex & gender
Heat Waves: Something Good is Gonna Happen
Our Heat Waves summer series invites musicians to reflect on song lyrics that are forever lodged in their heads or hearts. In our final piece in the series, Sam George-Allen lingers among laundry and cloudbusting machines with Kate Bush.
Reporting the Gender Reckoning
In October last year, the New York Times published the first story alleging decades of sexual misconduct from Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein.
As more allegations arise – against Weinstein and others; inside and outside of Hollywood – the Times continues to play a crucial role in the evolving #metoo movement. But what were the barriers, in the media and in…
The Stella Prize in Conversation
In recent months, the stories of women – and with them, impediments to women’s media participation – have taken a pointed and particular prominence in mainstream culture, underpinning sustained social and political movements. One of many takeaways from those movements has been a widespread emphasis on how women might experience, and process, the world we all share.
Now in its sixth…
Jeez Louise: #MeToo
Jeez Louise began in Melbourne in 2002 out of a necessity in the comedy industry to hear more stories and laughs from the perspective of women. But we keep learning the same things and having the same discussions. It’s 2018, and we’re done with talking about whether women are as funny as men: we know the answer. For those who…
Corrective Memory: Writing Women Back into History
‘History is not the past,' Hilary Mantel has said. 'It's the record of what’s left on the record.’
So, what are the challenges for writers seeking to revive the stories of female historical figures? Women have not always featured prominently in the historical records. And the ways they do feature are often compromised by the prejudices of record writers and…
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…
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