The Curiosity Lecture series returns to the Festival with a line-up of our most thought-stirring speakers delivering one-time talks on topics of intrigue, interest and importance. Hear from bestselling feminist writer Clementine Ford as she lays out the case against the myth of marital happiness. Drawing from her forthcoming book, I Don’t, she explores the origins of marriage as a form of property transaction and tool of diplomacy, unpacks the enduring belief that it remains essential to a woman’s wellbeing, presents compelling statistics that suggest otherwise, and considers how expectations of wedded bliss are maintained through popular culture.

Supported by UNSW Sydney.

Clementine Ford (Australian)

Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford is a writer, performer and general rapscallion living in Naarm. She is the bestselling author of three books, Fight Like A Girl, Boys Will Be Boys and How We Love. Her latest book takes on the institution of marriage, arguing that it is essentially harmful to women's prosperity and happiness. I Don't will be published by Allen & Unwin in October 2023.