Writer, founder of Cherchez La Femme and unapologetic feminist Karen Pickering delves into the menstrual taboo in Australia. Examining menstruation from all angles, Karen argues that the negative perceptions of it in our society are holding back important cultural change. Karen examines menstruation in contemporary Australian society, and the areas of life it intersects with, affects and disrupts. She argues that acknowledging the taboo is the first step to undoing the damage – to women, society and institutions.

Supported by the University of Sydney

Karen Pickering (Australian)

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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.

Luke Fischer (Australian)

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Luke Fischer is a poet, philosopher, and scholar. He is the author of four books, including the poetry collections A Personal History of Vision and Paths of Flight and the monograph The Poet as Phenomenologist: Rilke and the New Poems. He is currently co-editing a volume of essays on the philosophical dimensions of Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus. He is an honorary associate at the University of Sydney.