A fabulously provocative collection by women ready to destroy the joint. Early in September 2012, commentator Alan Jones, responding to a comment by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, said: "She (Gillard) said that we know societies only reach their full potential if women are politically participating. Women are destroying the joint - Christine Nixon in Melbourne, Clover Moore here. Honestly." The twitterverse exploded with passionate, disbelieving and hilarious responses, and now here in Destroying the Joint women reply to this comment and the broader issues of sexism and misogyny in our culture. With Jane Caro editing, this entertaining and thought-provoking collection consists of essays, analysis, memoir, fiction and more.
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This anthology of destroyers is a welcome reminder of the fury unleashed by Alan Jones and the social movement it gave birth to, forging newly energised alliances and discussion among women of all generations and reinvigorating feminist discussion in the public arena.
The ensuing conversation introduced many fresh voices to a wider audience and to the media, Great to see writers like Melissa Lucashenko included. The only pity of it is, that despite advertising boycotts the trigger is still in place.
I say keep on destroying the joint until he is gone.
About the Author
Jane Caro wears many hats; including author, lecturer,mentor, social commentator, columnist, workshop facilitator, speaker,broadcaster and award winning advertising writer. The common thread runningthrough her career is a delight in words and a talent for using them to connectwith other people.
Today, Jane runs her own communications consultancyand lectures in Advertising Creative at The School of Communication Arts atUWS. She has published two books; The Stupid Country: How Australia isdismantling public education co-authored with Chris Bonnor (New South2007), and The F Word. How we learned to swear by feminism co-authoredwith Catherine Fox (New South, 2008. She is sought after as a speaker, MC andworkshop facilitator by a wide range of organisations, in both the public andprivate sectors. She has also appeared on Channel 7’s Sunrise, ABC’s Q&A,Richard Glover’s Political Forum onRadio 702, Radio National’s Life Matters(as host), Mornings with Kerri-Anne and The Gruen Transfer.
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A great book if you are interested in Feminism
A wonderful range of ideas on why and how Women need to deconstruct the dominant patriarchal rules and "macho"- nations that limit their equal treatment, not just in the workforce but in Life in general, and make room for an equal say in everything. Based on recent historical events in Australia, the themes are, nevertheless, universal - told with grace, humour, character and strength, this series of 'essays' is a grand roller coaster of a read! This Gay male reader was always a passenger on the feminist journey, but the sense of pride I felt to see the tired and disgraceful behaviours of men destroyed and held to account ,page by page, by these talented writers was joyous. These short, nuanced writings make for a fabulously stimulating read you can dip into at will, though I suspect you'll finish it in a sitting or two.
Eye-opening read from a number of highly qualified, diverse women on the topic of equality and women in modern Australia
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 24th April 2013
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 22.7