From sex experts to sexting, to the mainstream debate about same-sex marriage, we are arguably more open than ever before about sex. But is it us who have changed, or is it sex? And why is the West so different from the rest of the world? Join our sexperts, Cheryl Strayed of the beloved advice column ‘Dear Sugar’, Benjamin Law (Gaysia), Faramerz Dabhoiwala (The Origins of Sex) and Frank Bongiorno (The Sex Lives Of Australians), as they talk all things sex with ABC Radio National's Natasha Mitchell. * Due to a back injury, Naomi Wolf does not have medical clearance to travel to the Festival and participate in this event as originally scheduled.
Change from printed program: Sex and relationship expert, Cheryl Strayed of the beloved advice column ‘Dear Sugar’, whose memoir 'Wild', was the first book chosen by Oprah for her online bookclub, will be replacing Naomi Wolf in this panel, alongside Faramerz Dabhoiwala, Benjamin Law and Frank Bongiorno speaking to ABC Radio National's Natasha Mitchell.
Faramerz Dabhoiwala (International)
Faramerz Dabhoiwala was born in England, grew up in Amsterdam, and was educated at York and Oxford. He is the senior fellow in History at Exeter College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and the father of two children. The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution is his first book. dabhoiwala.com
Frank Bongiorno is the author of The Sex Lives of Australians and is an associate professor of history at the Australian National University. He is also the co-author of A Little History of the Australian Labor Party. He was the London correspondent for Inside Story and has been a regular contributor to the Canberra Times.
Natasha Mitchell (Australian)
Natasha Mitchell hosts the national, daily morning radio show, Life Matters, on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio National. She was the founding presenter & producer of the popular science, culture & psychology radio program, All in the Mind, from 2002-12. Natasha is currently vice president of the World Federation of Science Journalists. Her broadcast work has received accolades internationally, including the overall Grand Prize and 4 Gold World Medals at the New York Radio Festivals, amongst other awards. She was recipient of a prestigious Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT/Harvard. She is co-editor of the forthcoming edition of the anthology, The Best Australian Science Writing 2013.
Benjamin Law is the author of Gaysia and The Family Law. He is a senior contributor to frankie magazine and his work has also appeared in The Monthly, the Good Weekend, The Big Issue, the Courier-Mail, Growing Up Asian in Australia and The Best Australian Essays.
Cheryl Strayed is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Torch, the huge The New York Times bestselling memoir Wild and the collection of essays Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Someone Who's Been There. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Allure and The Rumpus. She lives in Portland, Oregon. cherylstrayed.com