Destroying the Joint: Why Women Have to Change the World

Friday, April 26, 2013

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, from:

Penny Wong, Christine Milne, Tara Moss, Corinne Grant, Clementine Ford, Carmen Lawrence, Wendy Harmer, Catherine Deveny, Steph Bowe, Emily Maguire, Leslie Cannold, Stella Young, Monica Dux, Catherine Fox, Nina Funnell, Susan Johnson, Jennifer Mills, Michelle Law, Melissa Lucashenko, Krissy Kneen, Paula McDonald, Abby Cathcart, Dannielle Miller, Jenna Price, Lily Edelstein, Jill Tomlinson, Yvette Vignando

I have an essay in the collection (titled Joint Destroyer, Born and Raised - not my title because I am terrible at titles, but I quite like it) and I've been feeling rather humbled and very lucky to have my piece published alongside the writings of so many amazing, intelligent women.

I'll be at the Brisbane launch at Avid Reader on May 8th - if you go along, do say hi!

You can read a few extracts online: Corinne Grant at The Hoopla, Carmen Lawrence at The Conversation, Leslie Cannold at Crikey, and Catherine Fox at Women's Agenda. And here it is on UQP's website.
Proudly designed by Mlekoshi playground