Destroying the Joint

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Jane Caro
Univ. of Queensland Press, 2013 - Literary Collections - 312 pages
Early in September 2012, commentator Alan Jones, responding to a comment by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, said: 'She [Gillard] said that we know societies only reach their full potential if women are politically participating. Women are destroying the joint - Christine Nixon in Melbourne, Clover Moore here. Honestly.' The twitterverse exploded with passionate, disbelieving and hilarious responses, and here in "Destroying the Joint" women reply to this comment and the broader issues of sexism and misogyny in our culture. With Jane Caro editing, this entertaining and thought-provoking collection consists of essays, analysis, memoir, fiction and more, from a variety of Australian women writers.

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Jane Caro was born in 1957 in London. She attended Macquarie University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English literature in 1977. She soon moved into the field of advertising. She appeared on the T.V. show Sunrise, ABC television's Q&A and as a regular panelist on The Gruen Transfer. Caro has worked in the advertising industry and lectures in advertising at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at University of Western Sydney. She is an author. Her books include The Stupid Country: How Australia is Dismantling Public Education, along with Chris Bonnor, The F Word. How we learned to swear by feminism, along with Catherine Fox, Just a Girl, What Makes a Good School? Along with Chris Bonnor and, with Pan Macmillan, For God's Sake! An atheist, Christian, Jew and Muslim battle it out, along with Antony Lowenstein, Simon Smart and Rachel Woodlock, and her memoir Plain-speaking Jane. In 2018, she won the Walkley Foundation's Women's Leadership in Media Award for the nonfiction book she edited Unbreakable: Women Share Stories of Resilience and Hope.