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Spinifex Press Newsletter
September 2017
Welcome to The Spin newsletter coming to you from Spinifex Press, the award-winning independent feminist press. This September edition brings our latest news, book reviews, new releases and events.

New releases for September

Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation

by Renate Klein



Renate Klein is a national treasure. Where's her OA medal for services to women? This new book adds to her impressive list of publications in which she fiercely defends women's safety and bodily integrity. Selena Ewing

In Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation Renate Klein details her objections to surrogacy by examining the short- and long-term harms done to the so-called surrogate mothers, egg providers and the female partner in a heterosexual commissioning couple. Klein also looks at the rights of children and compares surrogacy to (forced) adoption practices. She concludes that surrogacy, whether so-called altruistic or commercial can never be ethical and outlines forms of resistance to Stop Surrogacy Now.


I'm the Girl Who Was Raped

by Michelle Hattingh

 

I am the statistic that I read about. I am the thing I always feared most. I am rape.

That morning, Michelle had presented her psychology thesis on rape. It began: ‘A woman born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped than learning how to read …’ That evening, celebrating her degree, she and a friend go to the beach, where they are robbed, assaulted and raped. Despite the support and resources of her successful middle-class family at her disposal, Michelle has to fight to regain her life, losing friendships, jobs and her identity along the way. She realises she’ll never be the same again. This story is one shared by women throughout the world — of living through a nightmare and trying to hold onto sanity. This is the story of the girl who was raped.

Michelle Hattingh is devastatingly, heartbreakingly honest as she recounts her own experience of rape and its aftermath
.— Betty McLellan, feminist ethicist, psychotherapist and author



Forthcoming Release for October

The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth
   
by Julie Bindel


 

This book examines one of the most contested issues facing feminists, human rights activists and governments around the globe – the international sex trade. For decades, the liberal left has been conflicted as to whether ‘sex worker’ activists or abolitionists hold the correct view, and debates are ongoing as to who holds the key to the solutions facing the women and girls involved.

Julie Bindel knows violence against women when she sees it. In this amazing investigative book, she manages to break through the mist and exposes the realities of how the sex trade actually works - and who it benefits. Nimco Ali, activist and writer

 
October Book Launches

Dark Matters: A novel

by Susan Hawthorne


 

Dark Matters is a magnificent book which I am deeply honoured to be launching.— Marion May Campbell

Dark Matters: A novel by Susan Hawthorne
will be launched by Marion May Campbell at Collected Works, Swanston St, Melbourne

Date: October 18
Time: 6 for 6.30 PM
RSVP: women@spinifexpress.com.au



Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation

by Renate Klein

 

It is the global advertising campaigns that groom infertile couples and gay men that have led to the establishment of multibillion cross-border industries:
money made literally from women’s flesh.


Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation by Renate Klein will be launched by Penny Mackieson at Readings Bookstore, Carlton

Date: October 19
Time: 6 for 6.30 PM
RSVP: women@spinifexpress.com.au


Further joint launches of Dark Matters: A novel and Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation

 


Canberra at Muse, East Hotel, Canberra Ave & Giles St. Kingston

Dark Matters: A novel will be launched by Suzanne Bellamy

Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation will be launched by Melinda Tankard Reist

Date: Tuesday October 24
Time: 5.30 for 6 PM
RSVP: women@spinifexpress.com.au


Brisbane at Avid Reader, 193 Boundary St, West End

Dark Matters: A novel will be launched by Dani Tauni

Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation will be launched by Morgan King

Date: Tuesday October 31
Time: 6 for 6.30 PM
RSVP: women@spinifexpress.com.au


Townsville at Mary Who? Bookshop, 414 Flinders St, Townsville

Dark Matters: A novel will be launched by Coralie McLean

Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation will be launched by Betty McLellan

Date: Monday November 6
Time: 5.30 for 6 PM
RSVP: women@spinifexpress.com.au



Book Reviews

Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed

by Helen Lobato

 

Lobato details the flawed science, egotism, Big Pharma profiteering, political manouvering and media failures behind this dangerous HPV vaccine that was never properly tested. She calls on concerned citizens to publicize the truth, and for moratoriums, independent inquiries and compensation to be put in place. A powerful rallying cry.Ruth Parnell, Nexus Magazine

 

Adoption Deception: A personal and professional journey

by Penny Mackieson

 

This is a powerful and passionate book about the personal and political aspects of adoption. While it is overwhelmingly negative about adoption and the author believes the practice is outdated and should cease, she does present strong arguments for her case. — Sue Bond, PhD candidate at Central Queensland University, Australian Women's Book Review



Big Porn Inc: Exposing the Harms of the Global Pornography Industry

Edited by Melinda Tankard Reist and Abigail Bray





This is by far the best and most significant of these recent books. It comes from Spinifex, a feminist press in Australia, where radical feminism is prospering rather more than in the U.S. (Spinifex was recently profiled by Barry, 2016). With 40 solid chapters, this is the richest such feminist collection since Laura Lederer’s (1980) Take Back the Night: Women on Pornography and/or Diana Russell’s (1983) Making Violence Sexy: Feminist Views on Pornography.
— Robert Bannon in Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence



Author Events



Spinifex publisher, author and women's health researcher Renate Klein was speaking at a conference on Pre-Natal Testing in Heidelberg, Germany earlier this month.





Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein in Heidelberg with Tushti Chopra, India and Erich Geissler, Austria.


 


Hoa Pham is the author of Lady of the Realm. On Saturday 28th of October Hoa Pham will be taking part in Boundless, a festival of diverse writers at the Bankstown Arts Centre, NSW.

Session: Boundless Plains
Time: 10-11 AM



Authors in the Media

 


It was Milka, Dragana informed me, a woman displaced from Zenica, who is only in her late 40s but looks like she is in her 60s.
Milka is mentally ill; she wanders through the town and talks to herself. People know of her, but not the story hidden in her bodily appearance.


— Olivera Simić,  author of Surviving Peace: A Political Memoir, from her new essay called 'Drinking Coffee in Bosnia: Listening to Stories of Wartime Violence and Rape'.



   


In a podcast produced by the Coalition for a Feminist Agenda, author of four great Spinifex books Betty McLellan focuses on what the election of Donald Trump means for women the world over, and discusses the need for radical feminists to review and reinvigorate their feminist analysis and activism. 'It is an absolute necessity that feminists remain informed and relevant in today’s dark times,' she says.

















 







   









 





Best Regards,
Spinifex Press Staff


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Renate Klein

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I am the statistic that I read about. I am the thing I always feared most. I am rape.

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