The Australian arts industry is fraught with extreme financial pressures, a highly casualised workforce and endemic competition.
In our competitive and underfunded arts sector, power relationships are ever present. To address power imbalances, major structural change is needed.
Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer in Gaslight (1944), the film that inspired the now widely used term.
The term 'gaslighting' is now liberally used but what does it mean and where did it come from?
Thursday night football in the community of Wadeye, about 420 kilometres south-west of Darwin in the Northern Territory.
Primary prevention programs with a footballing focus aim to change behaviours and attitudes among men towards women.
Two in five Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence.
Australians are more aware of domestic violence and sexual assault than before. But a worrying proportion blame victims for abuse, think women are lying, and don't believe consent is always necessary.
Protestors at an anti-Trump rally in 2017.
Writerly acts of confession are garish, they are vulgar and dazzling, but they are the only form of disobedience at many a woman writer’s disposal.
Even when women come forward they are often silenced.
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A culture of silence suggests for every headline about sexual harassment, many more cases go unreported.
Google employees protest outside the Googleplex HQ in Mountain View, California.
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At a time when discussions about tech companies revolve around algorithms making automated decisions, the walkout gives Google a thousand human faces.
In a country where 26% of the population has access to mobile internet, India's working class women are finding other ways to fight the patriarchy.
‘Women for Trump’ listening to President Donald Trump speak at a campaign rally in Wheeling, WV, in September.
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The GOP's handling of sexual assault allegations against prominent GOP figures has led some to conclude that the party does not respect women. But GOP women are sticking with their party.
On average, women tend to behave more submissively than men.
In evolutionary terms, it’s better to be at the bottom of the hierarchy than to be dead – and that's why submissive behaviours still persist in us humans. Even if we don't like it.
Les Moonves walked away from CBS after being accused of sexual assault.
Moonves, accused by 12 women of sexual harassment and assault, managed to walk away with a face-saving exit package that may even include some of his $182 million severance.
Allies at last?
New legal boilerplate in corporate merger agreements signals just how important #MeToo has become – not just as a social movement but as a business risk.
Activists protest in Barcelona, Spain on June 21, 2018. A Spanish court triggered a new wave of outrage by granting bail to five men acquitted of gang rape and convicted instead on a lesser felony of sexual abuse, a case that has shocked Spain.
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Germaine Greer's recent comments about the punishments for rape show the need for more complex, evidence-based discussions about trauma and the criminal justice system.
In this Nov. 12, 2017 file photo, participants march against sexual assault and harassment at the #MeToo March in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Lawmakers are expected to take up bills to crack down on sexual harassment when they return from their summer recess in August 2018.
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While the #MeToo movement has been revolutionary, some workplaces will be slow to change. Here are seven things we can all do to help stop toxic work environments.
In a survey of 159 academics, nearly half reported sexual abuse or harassment.
"Fight sexism": graffiti in Turin November 2016
Academics and PhD students from a number of Australian universities have reported sexualised bullying, unfair workloads, sexual harassment and in some cases even sexual assault, usually from their superiors and supervisors.
The swoosh entered the #MeToo spotlight.
A revolt by women at the world’s largest sport brand revealed what companies and many others still don't understand about the nature of workplace harassment.
Recent violations of sexual harassment policies at universities have involved students as complainants.
Another case of alleged sexual harassment in academia highlights the slow progress being made to protect people from abuse.
Sharing experiences of #MeToo can open the flood gates for online abuse and physical threats.
Today's workplaces extend beyond physical spaces, so movements like #metoo must trigger change in how we behave online.
Companies should listen to both male and female employees on this issue and pay attention to any backlash.
Research has found Silicon Valley engineers feared speaking up when they recognise poor behaviour among their male colleagues.
Actress Alyssa Milano ignited the #MeToo campaign, inspiring millions of women to join her.
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Women and girls used the #MeToo hashtag more than 12 million times on Facebook in one day in October. It marked the rise of a new feminist consciousness and solidarity.