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Alecia Simmonds

Alecia Simmonds

Alecia Simmonds is a Senior Lecturer in Law at UTS. She is an interdisciplinary scholar in law and history, and is the author of the award-winning book Wild Man (Affirm Press, 2015). Her next book Courting: A history of love and law in Australia (Black Inc/La Trobe Press) is forthcoming. Alecia is a Chief Investigator of the ARC project: Gender and the Jury.

'She Said: Hollywood does #MeToo' by Alecia Simmonds

ABR Arts 21 November 2022
There is a scene in Maria Schrader’s film She Said where two New York Times journalists debate the merits of pursuing an investigation into Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse, given, as one of them says, that actresses already have a voice. ‘Are there other women to be looking at?’, she asks. It is a question that I also asked when watching the trailer. Do we really need a triumphalist Holly ... (read more)

Alecia Simmonds reviews 'A Witness of Fact: The peculiar case of chief forensic pathologist Colin Manock' by Drew Rooke

March 2022, no. 440 21 February 2022
Drew Rooke begins A Witness of Fact in the viewing gallery of Adelaide’s Forensic Science Centre, his eyes scanning the stainless steel benchtops, scissors, ladles, a pair of ‘large, heavy-duty shears used for cutting through ribs’, and an arsenal of knives of different styles and sizes – ‘what you would see in a commercial kitchen’. The atmosphere is cool, sterile, and menacing. This ... (read more)

Alecia Simmonds reviews 'The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey: A true story of sex, crime and the meaning of justice' by Julia Laite

August 2021, no. 434 22 July 2021
Musing upon the art of biography, Virginia Woolf bemoaned the constraints that facts imposed on imagination. It is the most ‘restricted’ of all arts, she wrote, limited by ‘friends, letters and documents’. Yet these very restrictions can inspire creativity. Good biographers don’t just accumulate facts; they give us, in Woolf’s words, ‘the creative fact; the fertile fact; the fact tha ... (read more)

'Forced marriage: MAFS and reality television’s chamber of horrors' by Alecia Simmonds

April 2019, no. 410 25 March 2019
Perched on the precipice of the Blue Mountains, Leura is both quiet and wild, a place of misty romance, sylvan charm, and middle-class entitlement. I am here because some friends have offered me their house as a writing retreat for ten days so that I can pen a chapter on the history of marriage (1788 to marriage equality) for The Cambridge Companion to Australian Legal History. The house is an arc ... (read more)

Alecia Simmonds reviews 'Rape and Resistance: Understanding the complexities of sexual violation' by Linda Martín Alcoff

June-July 2018, no. 402 11 May 2018
Linda Martín Alcoff ends her book Rape and Resistance with the question of love, as it has been explored in the fiction of Dominican- American writer Junot Díaz. There are no easy moral binaries in Díaz’s writing, she notes. Sex lives are navigated in the midst of intergenerational trauma transferred from mothers who are rape victims to daughters and sons. As Díaz says: ‘in the novel [The ... (read more)