In the wake of the Me Too movement, Virginia Trioli’s recently updated edition of Generation F: Why we still struggle with sex and power speaks to the heart of sex, power and feminism today. Originally written as a response to The First Stone, Helen Garner’s polarising account of a Melbourne college master’s acquittal of sexual assault charges, Virginia’s book ignited a cultural firestorm upon its 1996 release. One of Australia’s most respected journalists, Virginia sits down with Annabel Crabb to revisit her compelling, celebrated and still unnervingly relevant defence of women.
Virginia Trioli (Australian)
Two-time Walkley Award winner, Virginia Trioli is one of Australia's best known journalists, with a formidable reputation as a television anchor, radio presenter, writer and commentator. She is much sought-after as a speaker and MC, and combines a rigorous interviewing style with a wicked sense of humour. In 1995, she won Australian journalism's highest honour, the Walkley Award, for her business reporting, and in 2001 Virginia won a second Walkley for her landmark interview with the former defence minister, Peter Reith, over the notorious Children Overboard issue. Virginia has held senior positions at The Age and Bulletin Magazine. For eight years she hosted Drive on 774 ABC Melbourne, and the Mornings program on ABC Radio Sydney. She has been the host of ABC TV's premiere news and current affairs programs, 7.30 and Lateline, and also Artscape and Sunday Arts. She is a regular host on Q+A and was the founding anchor of ABC News Breakfast on ABC TV, which she co-hosted for 11 years. She now presents the Mornings program on ABC Radio Melbourne.
Annabel Crabb (Australian)
Annabel Crabb is a writer and presenter for the ABC. She's also a keen amateur podcaster and co-hosts the inexplicably popular Chat 10, Looks 3 podcast with her colleague Leigh Sales, who lends credibility to the exercise. Annabel has worked extensively in newspapers, radio and TV as a political journalist and won a Walkley Award for Stop At Nothing: The Life And Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull. She published a bestselling book about gender and work, The Wife Drought, in 2014 and has published two cookbooks with childhood friend Wendy Sharpe, the latest of which is Special Guest. Her most recent Quarterly Essay is Men at Work.