Sexism & feminism
The Fifth Estate
American-born journalist Megan K. Stack is an acclaimed author and war correspondent. She was Moscow bureau chief for the L.A. Times when she made the decision to work from home and look after her newborn child. As her growing family followed her husband’s work through China and India, Stack’s new life forced her to understand the economy of women’s work…
The Wheeler Centre
The F Word Address: Alison Whittaker
Alison Whittaker delivers the address — Photo: Scott Limbrick
The F Word Address is our annual talk from an outstanding Australian woman on a pressing feminist issue. This year, our speaker is the phenomenal Alison Whittaker: poet, essayist, legal scholar and Gomeroi woman.
Whittaker’s address focusses on the complexities of using storytelling as a tool for justice for Blak women – in law, and in literature. How have traditions of sharing story among Indigenous people influenced how they articulate their histories, and assert their rights, in Western civil or criminal jurisdictions? Who are the audiences for Blak social justice narratives? And do Aboriginal women rely on a listening conscience that isn’t there?
In a 30-minute talk, followed by a short interview with host Claire G. Coleman, Whittaker draws on her legal research and writing work to consider the limits of storytelling – and to propose new ways to strengthen and centre storytellers themselves.
Claire G. Coleman and Alison Whittaker in conversation — Photo: Scott Limbrick
The video of this event, which will be published soon, includes Auslan interpretation.
The Stella Prize winner in conversation
The 2019 Stella Prize shortlist is testament to the depth of talent in women's writing in Australia today. The shortlisted books – ranging across fiction and non-fiction – are innovative, funny, enriching and erudite. Now, the judges face the difficult task of choosing a winner.
The Stella Prize was founded to elevate the writing of Australian women with an annual…
Rebecca Traister: Good and Mad
Rebecca Traister is an American journalist, polemicist and New York Times bestselling author who writes at the intersection of feminism, politics and culture. Her latest book, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger, investigates the potential and complexity of women’s anger as a political and social tool – both historically, and in the reinvigorated contemporary women’s movement in…
IWD 2019: Balance for Better, or Justice for All?
Santilla Chingaipe will not be joining your catered ladies lunch in the boardroom this International Women’s Day.
The Wheeler Centre
Soraya Chemaly: Rage Becomes Her
Amy Gray and Soraya Chemaly at the Wheeler Centre — Photo: Scott Limbrick
'Women and girls associate anger with powerlessness because that’s really how we tend to experience it. Power does not accrue to us when we’re angry because we are punished for transgressing in this way that is counter, usually, to gender expectations.'
Women are taught from girlhood to suppress anger. But US-based writer and activist Soraya Chemaly believes embracing and channelling women’s anger is key to gender equality and freedom.
Her new book, Rage Becomes Her, examines the subtle and not-so-subtle social mechanisms by which female anger is stymied and redirected throughout the course of women's lives. It also investigates the costs of this: to individual women, to particular groups of women, to all women and to all of society. It's a book that looks at parenting, reproductive rights, women’s health, #metoo and political participation – proposing anger as a potential tool for practical change.
Rage Becomes Her is a battle cry, backed up by meticulous research. At the Wheeler Centre, she joins Amy Gray in conversation.
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Thursday Choice Cuts
“Australians have a unique capacity to celebrate failure,” writes crime novelist Angela Savage in a piece on travelling, writing, Australia and the grandeur of failure published today on her blog. “I stumbled across a wonderful example of this during a recent visit to Red Cliffs in Victoria’s Mallee region. Red Cliffs’ main tourist attraction is Big Lizzie, the largest tractor ever built in Australia…
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…
Jennifer Byrne vs Virginia Haussegger in Feminism Debate
Video of the Feminism Has Failed debate is live with two very different views presented.
First was Virginia Haussegger who pointed out the injustices against women are still an issue in the developing world:
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Then Jennifer Byrne brought it back home by looking at how feminism has affected her own life - including the first time she heard…
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