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  • WHIPPING GIRL : A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
    WHIPPING GIRL : A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
    SERANO JULIA
    ISBN: 9781580056229
    Title: WHIPPING GIRL : A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
    Author: SERANO JULIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the updated second edition of Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, shares her powerful experiences and observations—both pre- and post-transition—to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole.

    Serano's well-honed arguments stem from her ability to bridge the gap between the often-disparate biological and social perspectives on gender. In this provocative manifesto, she exposes how deep-rooted the cultural belief is that femininity is frivolous, weak, and passive, and how this “feminine” weakness exists only to attract and appease male desire.

    In addition to debunking popular misconceptions about transsexuality, Serano makes the case that today's feminists and transgender activists must work to embrace and empower femininity—in all of its wondrous forms.

    Imprint: SEAL PRESS
    RRP: $30.99

    Price: $30.99
  • WHITE TEARS / BROWN SCARS
    WHITE TEARS / BROWN SCARS
    HAMAD RUBY
    ISBN: 9780522875584
    Title: WHITE TEARS / BROWN SCARS
    Author: HAMAD RUBY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A confronting reality check for the privileged position of the white woman.

    When white people cry foul it is often people of colour who suffer. White tears have a potency that silences racial minorities. White Tears/Brown Scars blows open the inconvenient truth that when it comes to race, white entitlement is too often masked by victimhood. Never is this more obvious than the dealings between women of colour and white women.

    What happens when racism and sexism collide? Ruby Hamad provides some confronting answers.

    Imprint: Melbourne University Press
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • WHITE TRASH : The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
    WHITE TRASH : The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
    ISENBERG NANCY
    ISBN: 9781786493002
    Title: WHITE TRASH : The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
    Author: ISENBERG NANCY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this landmark book, Nancy Isenberg argues that the voters who boosted Trump all the way to the White House have been a permanent part of the American fabric, and reveals how the wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlements to today's hillbillies. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics - a widely popular movement embraced by Theodore Roosevelt that targeted poor whites for sterilization. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society; they are now offered up as entertainment in reality TV shows, and the label is applied to celebrities ranging from Dolly Parton to Bill Clinton. Marginalized as a class, white trash have always been at or near the centre of major political debates over the character of the American identity. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg upends assumptions about America's supposedly class-free society - where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility - and forces a nation to face the truth about the enduring, malevolent nature of class.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WHY IM NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE
    WHY IM NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE
    EDDO-LODGE RENI
    ISBN: 9781408870587
    Title: WHY IM NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE
    Author: EDDO-LODGE RENI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A powerful and provocative argument on the role that race and racism play in modern Britain, by award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge

    I couldn't have a conversation with white folks about the details of a problem if they didn't want to recognise that the problem exists. Worse still was the white person who might be willing to entertain the possibility of said racism, but still thinks we enter this conversation as equals. We didn't then, and we don't now.



    In February 2014, Reni Eddo-Lodge posted an impassioned argument on her blog about her deep-seated frustration with the way discussions of race and racism in Britain were constantly being shut down by those who weren't affected by it. She gave the post the title- 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race'.


    Her sharp, fiercely intelligent words hit a nerve and the post went viral, spawning a huge number of comments from people desperate to speak up about their own, similar experiences. Galvanised by this response, Eddo-Lodge decided to dive into the source of these feelings; this clear hunger for an open discussion. The result is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today, covering issues from eradicated black history to white privilege, the fallacy of 'meritocracy' to white-washing feminism, and the inextricable link between class and race.
    Full of passionate, personal and keenly felt argument, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race is a wake-up call to a nation in denial about the structural and institutional racism occurring in our homes, offices and communities. It is a timely, essential book by a vital new voice.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WINNERS TAKE ALL : THE ELITE CHARADE OF CHANGING THE WORLD
    WINNERS TAKE ALL : THE ELITE CHARADE OF CHANGING THE WORLD
    GIRIDHARADAS ANAND
    ISBN: 9780241400722
    Title: WINNERS TAKE ALL : THE ELITE CHARADE OF CHANGING THE WORLD
    Author: GIRIDHARADAS ANAND
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this insider's investigation of the global elite's efforts to 'change the world', Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, where the rich and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can - except ways that threaten the social order and their position at the top.

    Why should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions it erodes by lobbying and dodging taxes? Why should we rely on scraps from the winners? Trenchant and revelatory, this is a call to action for elites and everyday citizens alike.

    Anand Giridharadas is a political analyst for MSNBC and he teaches journalism at New York University. He has been a foreign correspondent and columnist for the New York Times and a McKinsey analyst.

    Imprint: Allen Lane
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WITCHES : What Women Do Together
    WITCHES : What Women Do Together
    GEORGE-ALLEN SAM
    ISBN: 9780143788294
    Title: WITCHES : What Women Do Together
    Author: GEORGE-ALLEN SAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An exploration of the work women do together.

    Covens. Girl bands. Ballet troupes. Convents. In all times and places, girls and women have come together in communities of vocation, of necessity, of support. And wherever women gather, magic happens. Female farmers change the way we grow our food. Online beauty communities democratise the intricacies of skincare. Teen girls invent phrases that enter the urban lexicon, and choose our next pop superstars.

    Patriarchal societies have long been content to uphold men’s and boys’ clubs, while viewing groups that exclude men as sites of rivalry and suspicion. In this deeply personal exploration of what women make together, Sam George-Allen delves into workplaces, industries and social groups to dismantle the cultural myth of female isolation and uncover evidence that these groups are formidable.

    Thoughtful, intimate, and convincing, Witches is a long-overdue celebration of the power and pleasure of working with other women.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WOMEN RACE AND CLASS
    WOMEN RACE AND CLASS
    DAVIS ANGELA Y
    ISBN: 9780241408407
    Title: WOMEN RACE AND CLASS
    Author: DAVIS ANGELA Y
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Black women were equal to their men in the oppression they suffered; they were their men's social equals within the slave community; and they resisted slavery with a passion equal to their men's'

    Ranging from the age of slavery to contemporary injustices, this seminal history of race, gender and class inequality by the radical political activist Angela Davis offers an alternative view of female struggles for liberation. Tracing the intertwined histories of the abolitionist and women's suffrage movements, Davis examines the racism and class prejudice inherent in so much of white feminism, and in doing so brings to light new pioneering heroines, from field slaves to mill workers, who fought back and refused to accept the lives into which they were born.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WOMEN WHO SHAPED POLITICS : Empowering stories of women who have shifted the political landscape
    WOMEN WHO SHAPED POLITICS : Empowering stories of women who have shifted the political landscape
    RIDGE SOPHY
    ISBN: 9781473638778
    Title: WOMEN WHO SHAPED POLITICS : Empowering stories of women who have shifted the political landscape
    Author: RIDGE SOPHY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sophy Ridge, presenter for Sky News, has uncovered the extraordinary stories of the women who have shaped British politics. Never has the role of women in the political world ever been more on the news agenda, and Sophy has interviewed current and former politicians including among others, Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson, Betty Boothroyd gain exclusive insight into the role women play in politics at the highest level. The book also includes Theresa May's first at-length interview about her journey to becoming Prime Minister. These interviews have revealed the shocking truth about the sexism that is rife among the House of Commons both in the past and today, with sometimes shocking, and sometimes amusing anecdotes revealing how women in Westminster have worked to counter the gender bias. Sophy provides gripping insight into historical and contemporary stories which will fascinate not just those interested in politics but those who want to know more about women's vital role in democracy. From royalty to writers and from class warriors to suffragettes, Sophy tells the story of those who put their lives on the line for equal rights, and those who were the first to set foot inside the chambers of power, bringing together stories that you may think you know, and stories that have recently been discovered to reveal the truth about what it is to be a woman in Westminster. This book is a celebration of the differing ways that women have shaped the political landscape. The book also, importantly, sheds light on the challenges faced by women in government today, telling us the ways that women working in politics battle the sexism that confront them on a daily basis.


    Imprint: CORONET
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WORDSLUT : A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language
    WORDSLUT : A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language
    MONTELL AMANDA
    ISBN: 9781760640958
    Title: WORDSLUT : A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language
    Author: MONTELL AMANDA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A brash, enlightening and wildly entertaining feminist look at gendered language and the way it shapes us.

    English is scattered with perfectly innocuous words that have devolved into insults hurled at women. The word 'bitch' originally meant male or female genitalia. 'Hussy' was simply a housewife, and a 'slut' was an untidy man or woman.

    Amanda Montell, feminist linguist and features editor at online magazine Byrdie, explains why words matter and why it's imperative that women embrace their unique relationship with language. Drawing on fascinating research, and moving effortlessly between history and pop culture, Montell deconstructs language - from insults and cursing to grammar and pronunciation - to reveal the ways it has been used for centuries to gaslight women and keep them from gaining equality. Montell's irresistible intelligence and humour shines through as she makes linguistics not only approachable but downright enthralling.

    Far from being crushed by mansplainers and misogynists, women have a superior capacity to adapt to linguistic change, and tend to be at the forefront of linguistic trends. Wordslut gets to the heart of our language, sheds light into the biases that shadow women in our culture and shows how to embrace language to verbally smash the patriarchy.

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WORLD WITHOUT WORK : Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond
    WORLD WITHOUT WORK : Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond
    SUSSKIND DANIEL
    ISBN: 9780241321096
    Title: WORLD WITHOUT WORK : Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond
    Author: SUSSKIND DANIEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the spinning jenny to the combustion engine to the first computer, new technologies have always led workers to panic about being replaced by machines, and yet these fears have always been misplaced. In the past, new technology has always complemented the work of humans. In A World Without Work, award-winning economist Daniel Susskind shows why this time, with the rise of artificial intelligence, it will be different. The threat is real, but we haven't been asking the right questions about exactly what is at stake.

    Drawing on almost a decade of research into this topic, Susskind argues that a realistic vision of the future is not one in which machines do everything, but rather in which they do more. As they slowly, but relentlessly, take on more and more tasks, human beings will be forced to retreat to the shrinking set of activities that machines cannot do. And, as we move through the 21st century, the demand for the work of humans is likely to wither away. Yet Susskind reminds us that this technological progress will solve one of mankind's oldest problems - how to make the economic pie large enough for everyone to live on. The challenge now is to properly share out this new economic prosperity, constrain the burgeoning political power of Big Tech, and provide meaning in a world with less work.

    A World Without Work is an innovative, authoritative and optimistic guide to how we can rise to the challenge of automation. The task ahead, Susskind shows us, is to build a world where everyone can flourish.

    Imprint: Allen Lane
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • WORST IS YET TO COME : A Post-Capitalist Survival Guide
    WORST IS YET TO COME : A Post-Capitalist Survival Guide
    FLEMING PETER
    ISBN: 9781912248322
    Title: WORST IS YET TO COME : A Post-Capitalist Survival Guide
    Author: FLEMING PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: June 2019 New Release


    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • WRONG WAY : How Privatisation and Economic Reform Backfired
    WRONG WAY : How Privatisation and Economic Reform Backfired
    CAHILL DAMIEN
    ISBN: 9781760640385
    Title: WRONG WAY : How Privatisation and Economic Reform Backfired
    Author: CAHILL DAMIEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Since the 1980s, successive waves of 'economic reform' have radically changed the Australian economy. We have seen privatisation, deregulation, marketisation, and the contracting out of government services such as transport and education. For three decades, there has been a virtual consensus among the major political parties, policy makers and commentators as to the desirability of the neoliberal approach.

    Today, however, the benefits of economic reform are increasingly being questioned, including by former advocates. Alongside growing voter disenchantment, new voices of dissent argue that instead of free markets, economic reform has led to unaccountable oligopolies, increased prices, reduced productivity and a degraded sense of the public good.

    In Wrong Way, Australia's leading economists and public intellectuals do a cost-benefit analysis of the key economic reforms, including child care, aged care, housing, banking, prisons, universities and the NBN. Have these reforms for the Australian community and its economy been worthwhile? Have they given us a better society, as promised?

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • WUNCH OF BANKERS : A Year in the Hayne Royal Commission
    WUNCH OF BANKERS : A Year in the Hayne Royal Commission
    ZIFFER DAN
    ISBN: 9781925849363
    Title: WUNCH OF BANKERS : A Year in the Hayne Royal Commission
    Author: ZIFFER DAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    It wasn't just its exhaustive rounds of hearings around the country - Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, and Sydney - on topics from farming finance to financial planning. It wasn't even the long list of scandals exposed to a horrified nation - charging fees to dead people, blatant conflicts of interest, and taking $1 billion from customers in fees that banks were never entitled to.

    What made it so fascinating, so heart-breaking, and so enraging was the procession of faces through the witness box, and the team of counsel gazing into the dark heart of banking.

    Tearful victims, blank-faced executives, hapless regulators, and a couple of utter charlatans all had their day in court, watched by an audience of millions, and revealing - in their stories - the material to justify re-shaping the multi-trillion dollar financial services industry that forms a pillar of Australian life.

    A Wunch of Bankers covers not just the big shocks, but the small moments - lost in the flurry of daily reporting - that reveal how companies have used the law, limp enforcement, and basic human behaviour to take advantage of customers.

    Is there a phrase that judges how much life-insurance spruikers in call centres can terrify you about your impending death - and the grief-stricken ruins of an estate you'll leave for your bereaved family - while still being legal?

    Yes, there is.

    Was there a meeting in which a bank's executives ignored a warning of "Extreme" from its chief risk officer, to embark on an illegal scheme that accrued $3.6 billion in funds?
    There was.

    Mixed among the testimony are snippets from life on the road as the World's Oldest Debuting TV Reporter - not just driving five hours one-way to talk to a man who almost blew his brains out over a bank nabbing his $22 million estate, but explaining how journalism can only ever give you a glimpse inside complex issues.

    In A Wunch of Bankers, Dan Ziffer bring out the colour and grit of the royal commission's proceedings, and explores broader issues raised by the testimony. A mixture of analysis, reportage, and observations, it is densely researched and compellingly written.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • YEAR EVERYTHING CHANGED : 2001
    YEAR EVERYTHING CHANGED : 2001
    MCGUINNESS PHILLIPA
    ISBN: 9780143782414
    Title: YEAR EVERYTHING CHANGED : 2001
    Author: MCGUINNESS PHILLIPA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    On New Year’s Eve 2001, with her husband by her side, Phillipa McGuinness buried her son. They stood with a young priest in Chua Chu Kang Cemetery and watched a small coffin go into the ground. Later that night, shattered, they sat looking out at the hundreds of ships waiting to come into port in Singapore’s harbor. Or trying to leave, who could tell? Each of them thinking about the next year, starting within hours. Phillipa wanted time to push on, for 2001 to be over, but she was also scared. What might be next?

    2001 was an awful year. It’s the only year where you can mention a day and a month using only numbers and everyone knows what you mean. But 9/11 wasn’t the only momentous event that year. In Australia a group of orange-jacketed asylum seekers on deck the Norwegian vessel Tampa seemed responsible for Prime Minister John Howard’s statement not long after: ‘We will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come.’ These words became his mantra during the bruising election that followed in November, both sides of politics affected by their venom and insularity, or their strength and resolve, depending on which way you looked at it.

    The year had started with what was supposed to be a celebratory event of sophistication and nuance, reflecting the kind of country we hoped we had become. Yet the Centenary of Federation on 1 January turned out to be a class-A fizzer. The nation seemed to decide that what was really worth commemorating wasn’t the peaceful bringing together of colonial states into a Commonwealth but the doomed assault on a Turkish beach that happened fourteen years later in 1915. It is easier to animate young men dying than old men signing a constitution.

    2001 marked the halfway point of twenty years of continuous economic growth in Australia. But the year started with shiny tech startups continuing their implosion following the dotcom bubble burst. The deal of the (nascent) century, the merger between Netscape and AOL, seemingly an all-powerful mega corporation, began to slide. Yet perhaps the digital world as we now know it did start in 2001, at least for what is now the most powerful company in the world. For this was the year that Google, in no hurry to launch an IPO, received its PageRank patent, assigned to Larry Page and Stanford University. The rest, as they say, is history. Apple launched the iPod in 2001, not only transforming the soundtrack to our lives but shifting cultural alignments so that distributors became the richest guys in the room, rather than the artists writing, singing and playing the songs.

    If 2001 were a movie – oh wait, of course it was – its tagline might be ‘The year that changed everything’. And that change is not over.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
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