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.

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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).

Published in June 2012 no. 342

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