Category: Feminism

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Apocalypse Baby

This essay for the Spring issue of Meanjin is about television’s lost and found children, childless and desperate mothers, and callous and caring states. It draws on (far too many) hours of lockdown viewing, from the Creamerie and Mare of Easttown to The Handmaid’s Tale, via Top of Lake and Call the Midwife, with a cameo from The World According to Garp. Read it … Read More Apocalypse Baby

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East of Western Decline: “Mare of Easttown”

In this #MareOfEasttown review for @themonthly I try to think of an answer to the question “What’s the Guy Pearce character doing in this show?” And I’ve got another answer to the Whodunnit? question. Read the review on The Monthly website here.

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The Handmaid’s Tailspin

See The Saturday Paper (26 July – 2 August) for my review of The Handmaid’s Tale. Click here to read.

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A Change In The Weather

A story I wrote for Meanjin on life, death, memory, weather, feminism, and Nick Cave’s mum.   The man I climb past to reach my window seat smells of sandalwood mixed with something herbaceous and fresh. It’s the kind of scent you buy in amber glass bottles from minimally lit shops; the kind that can somehow be simultaneously soothing and stimulating. The flight to … Read More A Change In The Weather

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#MeToo Stories from the Australian Movement

This #MeToo anthology is out now from Picador. In the opening essay I revisit the 70s, make peace with a 90s Helen Garner, ponder if I have any Louis C.K.s in my life and talk about the work labour movement women are doing to address sexual harassment at work. At all bookselling places …  

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Lunch with School Strike 4 Climate lead organiser Jean Hinchliffe

When I spoke to school climate strike leader Jean Hinchliffe for The Saturday Paper she told me a story about how she came to organise the first strike in November 2018: “I went down to my mum and said, ‘I think I might be organising a giant school strike on November 30.’ She said, ‘Oh my god, Jean. Why are you doing this? Aren’t … Read More Lunch with School Strike 4 Climate lead organiser Jean Hinchliffe

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Before #MeToo, 1970s feminists used film and theatre for women’s liberation

This story, published in The Saturday Paper on August 4, is about some of the women I have been interviewing for my PhD on women’s liberation film and theatre in the 1970s. Click here to read it.

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