Sex & gender
Jeez Louise: Transplaining
Trans, non-binary and gender-diverse comedians and performers are standing up and stepping out. As the world evolves its understanding of gender identity, preferred pronouns and social norms, the rising number of gender-transcendent stars are reaching wider and more diverse audiences and garnering critical acclaim.
To further interrogate, understand and celebrate their careers, Transplaining brings together an incredible panel of performers…
Invasion of the Pod People
Jon Ronson: The Butterfly Effect
Jon Ronson is a documentary maker, journalist and comic storyteller beloved by many. His books have explored psychopathy, psychological warfare, internet shame culture and more. As a reporter, he meets his subjects with empathy and softly spoken humour – often revealing the deep, surprising motivations and desires at the heart of apparently absurd situations.
In his seven-part 2017 podcast, The Butterfly…
The 2020 Stella Prize Winner in Conversation
The Stella Prize was founded to elevate the writing of Australian women with an annual, $50,000 literary prize. Now in its eighth year, it’s become a fixture of Australia’s literary culture – driving book sales, sparking book clubs and boosting the careers of many fine local writers.
In April, we'll host a conversation with Louise Swinn, chair of the 2020…
Women at the Edge
History and Beyond
Victoria’s north-eastern regions are rich with dramatic scenery – from the majestic Alpine ranges to the storied banks of the Murray River. Indigenous people have lived in the area for tens of thousands of years.
The land is home, first and foremost, to their stories and lore. Since colonisation, this region has been the backdrop, too, to many myths and…
The Invisible Crime
The Invisible Crime: Are We Failing Victims of Sexual Violence? is an award-winning multimedia feature documentary made in 2019 by a team of investigative and data journalists from the Age and Sydney Morning Herald. The documentary explores why sexual assault is under-reported and examines the myriad barriers to successful prosecutions against assailants. It provides data-driven context on how and…
The Wheeler Centre
Mirror Mirror: Beauty, Body Image and the Self
Bri Lee, Nikki Stamp, Abbey Mag and Frances Cannon at the Wheeler Centre
Bri Lee's Beauty is a deeply personal treatise on body image, discipline and perfectionism. For this discussion, hosted by Lee herself, our panellists take the essay as a jumping-off point for a broader conversation about beauty standards in the 21st Century.
Together, they consider the beauty lies we tell ourselves and each other, and explore the impossible standards amplified through social media. What impact is our obsession with beauty and wellness having on our physical and mental health? When wielded by major multinational brands, do ideas of beauty diversity, inclusion and body positivity signify progress or ploy? Can they be both?
Join artist and ‘Self Love Club’ founder Frances Cannon, plus-size model and advocate Abbey Mag and doctor and author Nikki Stamp as they discuss reasons for caution and celebration in a time of changing beauty ideals.
A warning: this event includes some discussion of eating disorders and mental illness.
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Wendy McCarthy on the Gains of Feminism
As part of our Intelligence Squared debate on feminism, Wendy McCarthy argues that the gains of feminism are not to be overlooked.
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