Dissenting feminisms: reflections on the Feminist Writers Festival

Reflecting on the recent Feminist Writers Festival, I wrote an article for Overland online about the ongoing tensions within the feminist movement and some of the lessons that I learned from the experience of establishing FWF:

So what have I taken away from all this? First, we need to become even better at listening to each other. This might not always be a comfortable experience – it might be challenging or even boring – but it is an essential foundation for moving forward together as a movement. Second, we need to be willing to learn from our mistakes and, perhaps more importantly, we need to give each other permission to make them. Only then can we risk making ourselves vulnerable enough to really grow and stretch our capacities.

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