Decades on from the sexual revolution, women’s sexuality is still regarded with a mixture of detachment and bewilderment. Karen Pickering’s anthology Doing It celebrates women taking control of their sexual lives, allowing women writers to reflect on and celebrate sexuality in all its exuberant and diverse incarnations. Featuring queer sex worker Tilly Lawless and pop culture commentator Maria Lewis, with moderator Krissy Kneen, expect this session to be a candid and confessional discussion of sex, societal expectations, empowerment and feminism.
Karen Pickering (Australian)
Karen Pickering is a feminist organiser and writer based in Melbourne. She was the creator and host of Cherchez la Femme, a monthly talkshow of popular culture and current affairs from an unapologetically feminist angle, which ran from 2010 to 2016. Karen was the cofounder of Girls On Film Festival (GOFF) and was its first director in 2014. She was also a founding organiser of SlutWalk Melbourne in 2011. She is the editor of Doing It, a collection of sex-positive writing by women, and is currently writing a book on menstruation and menopause in collaboration with the Victorian Women's Trust.
Tilly Lawless (Australian)
Tilly Lawless is a queer Sydney sex worker, who inadvertently outed herself internationally after beginning #facesofprostitution and damaged any future career prospects. She is passionate about horses, queer literature and abolishing the whorearchy. You can follow her thoughts on her Instagram, @tilly_lawless, which she uses like a diary with long, rambling posts about her work and femme romance, amongst other things.
Maria Lewis (Australian)
Maria Lewis is a journalist and author. Getting her start covering police rounds, her writings on pop culture have appeared in the New York Post, Empire Magazine, Penthouse, The Daily Mail, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph and the Huffington Post. She also appears on SBS Viceland series The Feed. Her debut novel Who’s Afraid? was released worldwide in 2016. Maria's latest book is the sequel, Who’s Afraid Too?.
Krissy Kneen (Australian)
Krissy Kneen is the award winning author of the memoir Affection, the novels Steeplechase, Triptych, The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, and the Thomas Shapcott Award winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. An Uncertain Grace is her latest novel. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC television.