The ‘There Are No Sexual Ethics’ panel at the Sydney Opera House 2013 features author and presenter Tara Moss, sex columnist Dan Savage, Sydney Morning Herald young novelist of the year Emily Maguire, and Christos Tsiolkas, the award-winning Australian author of The Slap and Barracuda. Moderated by the ABC’s Natasha Mitchell.
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Conversations about literature are too often haunted by nostalgia. The digital age is not the end of literature. It is only change, and I welcome it, writes Tara Moss.
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated around the world from August 1. This year’s theme is ‘support’, and, as Tara Moss writes, it’s a fitting focus for modern times.
‘A mother’s choice about how to feed her child must be respected. She is the one doing the feeding. The rest of us can be supportive of her choice. In my view, there is often not enough support or respect, and it shows in our breastfeeding rates and also in the divisiveness of public discussions of breastfeeding…’
Throughout history many – if not most – cultures have perpetuated the myth of the evil woman. In a recent Lunchbox/Soapbox address, Tara Moss discussed evil women, female criminals and the demonisation of the female gender: from Eve and Pandora to Elizabeth Bathory and Paula Broadwell. Read the essay here.
It is often said that this is ”the year of the woman” – in politics, in sport, in the arts. And it seems like it is. You may have noticed that our Prime Minister is a woman. Our Governor-General, too. Our influential American friends have the largest-ever number of women in the Senate.
Women are everywhere, it seems. Sure, there may be the occasional kerfuffle about something said by a radio shock jock, but the point is that women are apparently taking over the joint.
So it comes as something of a surprise to discover the numbers…
Sunday, November 25th is White Ribbon Day and the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
We can make a difference together. And we must, because according to the largest study ever published on the problem of violence against women – a study conducted in 70 countries over 40 years - violence is ‘a bigger danger to women than cancer’.