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Bill Shorten, launching Labor’s childcare policy, inadvertently set off a debate about the major party leaders’ respective feminist credentials. AAP/Joel Carrett

The f-word enters the campaign and trips up both major parties

Talk of 'women's issues', such as childcare, both accepts they are less important than other issues and assumes they have no universal value.
A typescript for the Female Eunuch with photo of a young Greer on a book. Germaine Greer archive: 2014.0038.0001. Picture Nathan Gallagher, copyright University of Melbourne

Friday essay: How Shakespeare helped shape Germaine Greer’s feminist masterpiece

The Greer archives brim with notebooks and papers from her time as a student of the traditional humanities. And reading The Female Eunuch for evidence of the Bard reveals a new kind of book, one that is deeply informed by this scholarship.
Women need to recalibrate feminist action so that it’s not just about them advancing in society on men’s terms. Shutterstock

Feminism has failed and needs a radical rethink

The second-wave feminists of the 1970s wanted to create radical shifts in gender power. Instead, women have settled for much less.

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