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Moral Panic 101: equality, acceptance and the safe schools scandal : Quarterly Essay: Issue 67 - Benjamin Law

Moral Panic 101: equality, acceptance and the safe schools scandal

Quarterly Essay: Issue 67

Paperback Published: 11th September 2017
ISBN: 9781863959513
Number Of Pages: 128

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Are Australian schools safe? And if they're not, what happens when kids are caught in a bleak collision between ill-equipped school staff and a confected media scandal?

In 2016, the Safe Schools program became the focus of an ideological firestorm. In Moral Panic 101, Benjamin Law explores how and why this happened. He weaves a subtle, gripping account of schools today, sexuality, teenagers, new ideas of gender fluidity, media scandal and mental health.

In this timely essay, Law also looks at the new face of homophobia in Australia, and the long battle for equality and acceptance. Investigating bullying of the vulnerable young, he brings to light hidden worlds, in an essay notable for its humane clarity.

“To read every article the Australian has published on Safe Schools is to induce nausea. This isn’t even a comment on the content, just the sheer volume … And yet, across this entire period, the Australian – self-appointed guardian of the safety of children – spoke to not a single school-aged LGBTIQ youth. Not even one. Later, queer teenagers who followed the Safe Schools saga told me the dynamic felt familiar. At school, it’s known as bullying. In journalism, it’s called a beat-up.” — Benjamin Law, Moral Panic 101

About the Author

Benjamin Law is the author of Gaysia and the memoir The Family Law, which he adapted for SBS TV. A columnist for Fairfax’s Good Weekend magazine, Law has written for the Monthly, Frankie, QWeekend, the Big Issue, Crikey and Griffith Review.


A delightful & insightful read


This book provides an informed history of safe schools, but it also doesn't skimp on humanity.



Benjamin Law on Sexuality, Schools and the Media; QE67 (Working Title)

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ISBN: 9781863959513
ISBN-10: 1863959513
Series: Quarterly Essay
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 11th September 2017
Publisher: Black Inc.
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 16.6  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 67