PODCAST: Sheila Jeffreys on neoliberalism, identity politics, and the women’s liberation movement

Image: The Age/Simon Schluter
Image: The Age/Simon Schluter

Feminism has suffered a significant loss in recent decades. The impact of “queer studies,” neoliberalism, and identity politics was substantial. Renowned radical feminist, Sheila Jeffreys, witnessed the move from “Women’s Studies” to “Gender Studies” in academia and saw feminist discourse and women’s culture built during the second wave eroded.

Jeffreys joined the women’s movement in the early 1970s and was a professor in the political science department at the University of Melbourne for 24 years. She is the author of numerous books, including: Anticlimax: A Feminist Perspective On the Sexual Revolution, The Spinster and Her EnemiesUnpacking Queer Politics, Beauty and Misogyny, The Industrial Vagina, and Gender Hurts.

I spoke with her about the past and future of the women’s liberation movement, as well as her experiences working as a radical feminist in academia, over the phone from her home in the UK.

Meghan Murphy
Meghan Murphy

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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