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

Luke Fischer (Australian)

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 RilkeÕs Sonnets to Orpheus. He is an honorary associate at the University of Sydney.