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Zora Simic

Zora Simic

Zora Simic is a Senior Lecturer in History and Gender Studies at the University of New South Wales.

Zora Simic reviews '#MeToo: Stories from the Australian movement' edited by Natalie Kon-yu et al.

June–July 2019, no. 412 23 May 2019
How do we get the measure of the phenomenon that is #MeToo? Both deeply personal and profoundly structural, #MeToo has been described as a movement, a moment, and a reckoning. Some critics have dismissed it as man-hating or anti-sex; sceptics as a misguided millennial distraction from more serious feminist concerns. Others distinguish between a ‘good’ #MeToo (focused on eradicating sexual hara ... (read more)

Zora Simic reviews 'The Seventies: The personal, the political and the making of modern Australia' by Michelle Arrow

April 2019, no. 410 25 March 2019
Abortion was big news in Australia in 1973. In May, a bill was introduced to Federal Parliament that, if passed, would have allowed women in the ACT to terminate a pregnancy in the first trimester. So intense was public interest in this issue that one MP suggested televising the debate. On the day of the vote, activists inside the Women’s Embassy – a tent protest clearly inspired by the Aborig ... (read more)

Zora Simic reviews 'Germaine: The life of Germaine Greer' by Elizabeth Kleinhenz and 'Unfettered and Alive: A memoir' by Anne Summers

December 2018, no. 407 19 November 2018
When Anne Summers first met Germaine Greer at a raucous house party in Balmain in the early 1970s, she threw up in front of her after too many glasses of Jim Beam. Almost fifty years later, she muses that perhaps that early encounter was one of the reasons why they ‘never really connected’. After reading Summers’ latest memoir, Unfettered and Alive, in tandem with Elizabeth Kleinhenz’s Ger ... (read more)
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