Before heading off for Easter holidays, I went along to see Dr Leslie Cannold speak at The Wheeler Centre as part of their Lunchbox/Soapbox series. Her speech was provocatively titled The Trouble with Feminists, which we were quickly told was that there aren’t enough of them.
Dr Cannold focussed on the fictional worlds created in literature as the battlefield in which female characters must fight for their entitled space.
‘But just like their real-life counterparts, fictional females don’t need to be good or virtuous or admirable to be entitled to half. In their case, to half of the space in stories our culture tells about itself to ourselves.’
Dr Cannold has written several books and chapters on various ethical issues including motherhood and abortion in Australia. Her first fiction novel was published last month, The Book of Rachael.