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Women, Men and the Whole Damn Thing

‘How to find the right words to frame this horror? How to understand why men do what they do to women? How to comprehend this malign force that seems to seep from the male psyche and infect us all? . . . That is the central hope, the appeal, embedded in this book: that other men might join me in this investigation and ruthless self-interrogation-and in doing so, become part of the change that is so urgently required.’
David Leser

In February 2018, the Good Weekend cover story by David Leser, ‘Women, men and the whole damn thing’, had an extraordinary response. David received hundreds of personal messages from readers around the world – both women and men – urging him to expand his story. Here is that book: a brilliant, impassioned, unflinching account of the firestorm of #MeToo, how we got there and where we must now go.

In this essential and incisive investigation, Leser unearths the roots of misogyny, its inextricable links to the patriarchy, and how history brought us to the #MeToo movement and the wave of incandescent female rage that is sweeping the world. Crucially, he also interrogates his own psyche, privilege and culpability as he bears witness to the ‘collective wound of the world’ and asks how we can move towards healing and profound and permanent change.

Balance & Other B. S.

There’s never been a better time to be a woman – we can have it all! That’s what feminism promised, didn’t it?

When Felicity Harley, founding editor of Women’s Health magazine and whimn, felt really off kilter, she started talking to other women about their overwhelm. The floodgates opened. Turns out her girlfriends, colleagues and other mums at the school gate were also drowning in feminist guilt while trying to keep everything afloat; plagued by perfectionism, riddled with doubt, ruled by screens and hurtling towards burnout.

As we juggle the roles of partner, boss, friend, mother and employee (plus a side hustle), balance has never been more crucial. We’re obsessed with ‘wellness’, yet women’s mental health and wellbeing are in decline.

Using her own experiences, research and insights from leading Australian experts in health, sociology and feminism, and wisdom from smart women like Tanya Plibersek and Fifi Box, Felicity calls out the crap in ‘cult wellness’. In her warm and inspiring way, she shows how you can cut through the B.S. to find clarity in the chaos, shed some of your mental load, and feel truly empowered in the middle of your wonderfully messy life.