Lisa Featherstone: Let's Talk About Sex

Shirleene Robinson


Let’s Talk about Sex: Histories of Sexuality in Australia from Federation to the Pill
by Lisa Featherstone
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, £44.99 hb, 338 pp, 9781443827362


In Australia’s past, sex has been theorised, pathologised, even criminalised, but comparatively little has been written about the topic. One of the more exciting developments in Australian historiography over the past fifteen years has been the inclusion of gay and lesbian narratives. These perspectives have broadened understandings of Australia’s past and have shown how reading original historical sources against the grain can provide evidence about the intimate lives of Australians.

Read the rest of this article by subscribing to ABR Online for as little as $10 a month.

We offer a range of subscription options, including print, which can be found by clicking here. If you are already a subscriber, enter your username and password in the ‘Log In’ section in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

If you require assistance, contact us or consult the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Published in June 2012, no. 342
Shirleene Robinson

Shirleene Robinson

Shirleene Robinson is an Australian historian based in the Department of Modern History at Macquarie University. Her major publications include Something Like Slavery? Queensland’s Aboriginal Child Workers, 1942–1945 (2008) and the edited collection, Homophobia: An Australian History (2008).

Leave a comment

Please note that all comments must be approved by ABR and comply with our Terms & Conditions.

NB: If you are an ABR Online subscriber or contributor, you will need to login to ABR Online in order to post a comment. If you have forgotten your login details, or if you receive an error message when trying to submit your comment, please email your comment (and the name of the article to which it relates) to We will review your comment and, subject to approval, we will post it under your name.