Sexism & feminism
Anne Summers: Her Story
Anne Summers is a person of phenomenal energy and copious talent. She's an editor, a publisher, a writer, an activist and, for many, the godmother of Australian feminism.
She's also a memoirist. Summers’s ninth book, Unfettered and Alive, chronicles the fierce debates ignited by her first: the groundbreaking, bestselling Damned Whores and God's Police. It details, too, her progress…
Clementine Ford on Boyhood: Food for Thought at Tucks
What is boyhood? What is masculinity? And how do we begin to dismantle old-fashioned ideas about what boys and men should be and do, in order to build a better future for everybody?
Get thinking in November, with riveting conversation over delicious food and wine at Tucks winery in Red Hill. At this special event, fearless feminist author Clementine Ford…
The Wheeler Centre
Gillian Triggs: Speaking Up
In conversation with Virginia Trioli, former Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs discusses her life, career and convictions – as well as her family, her experiences travelling to Manus, Nauru and Christmas Island, her relationship with government during her term … and why, moving forward, feminism may demand more 'vulgarity'.
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Gillian Triggs’s career has taken some surprising turns. She’s been a professional ballerina, a practising lawyer and an academic specialising in international public law. She’s even done a stint at the Dallas Police Department in Texas.
But Triggs became a household name as president of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Her tenure, from 2012 to 2017, was unexpectedly controversial. The commission’s inquiry into children in immigration detention made Triggs some powerful enemies in the federal government. Later, she became a kind of human flashpoint for debates about racial vilification and free speech, following the high-profile Bill Leak cartoon case.
Some have accused Triggs and the commission of overreach; for others, Triggs was a human rights champion withstanding unprecedented government pressure. Either way, there’s no denying her commitment to the human rights framework, and her belief that Australia needs its own Bill of Rights.
The Fifth Estate
For this episode, Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft welcomes Tracey Spicer to the Wheeler Centre for a conversation about her accomplished, diverse and fearless life and career in Australian journalism – and the challenges and opportunities arising from the popular movements seeking to correct entrenched sexist behaviour in the media and beyond.
Sally Warhaft and Tracey Spicer — Photo: Jon Tjhia
In a journalism and media career spanning three decades, you could say Tracey Spicer has seen it all. She’s reported locally, nationally and internationally for TV, radio, print and online, working in news, current affairs, documentary and lifestyle programmes. She’s been a reporter, editor, essayist, columnist, trainer, producer – and, of course, a newsreader and presenter.
As one of Australian media’s stalwarts, Spicer has seen the best and worst of the industry, especially in terms of its treatment of women. Her 2006 unfair dismissal case against Channel Ten signalled a shift in the fight against workplace discrimination. For Spicer, it was about standing up for all women. And Spicer’s advocacy extends beyond media – she’s been an ambassador for Dying with Dignity, ActionAid, World Vision, Cancer Council NSW and many more.
The Fifth Estate: Tracey Spicer
Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft welcomes Tracey Spicer to the Wheeler Centre for a conversation about her accomplished, diverse and fearless life and career in Australian journalism – and the challenges and opportunities arising from the popular movements seeking to correct entrenched sexist behaviour in the media and beyond.
In a journalism and media career spanning three decades, you could…
Writers since time immemorial have connected food and sex. How could we resist?
For our second Speakeasy, we’ll get into the complexity – and deceptive simplicity – of sex, writing, gender, identity and desire, with Dani Weber, Angela Serrano and Dion Kagan. If the brain really is the biggest sex organ, what could go wrong here?
Join us for dinner (and…
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Naipaul Dismisses Women Writers
VS Naipaul has had a tumultuous week. On Monday, he patched up a feud with Paul Theroux. On Tuesday, he said he knew of no woman writer, including Jane Austen, who could match his talent. Of Jane Austen in particular, he spoke dismissively of “her sentimental ambitions, her sentimental sense of the world”. “Women writers,” said the 78 year-old, “are different, they are quite…
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