Sheila writes and teaches in the areas of sexual politics, international gender politics and lesbian and gay politics. She has written 5 books on the history and politics of sexuality. Originally from the UK Sheila came to University of Melbourne in 1991. She’s been actively involved in feminist and lesbian feminist politics, particularly around the issue of sexual violence, since 1973 and is involved through the international non-government organization Coalition Against Trafficking in Women in international organizing. In this episode, Sheila talks with me (another radical feminist!) about her most recent book (Beauty and Misogyny: Harmful Cultural Practices in the West (Routledge, 2005) which addresses why Western beauty practices are not (but should be) included within the United Nations understandings of harmful traditional/cultural practices.
“In my red high heels I’ve no control, the rituals of repression are so old”…..(Crass/Bata Motel)
> “Equality for women is not possible in a world in which inequality is sexy” Sheila Jeffreys