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Zora Simic

is a Lecturer in History and Convener of Women’s and Gender Studies in the School of Humanities and Languages at UNSW.


About Zora Simic

Zora Simic is a Lecturer in History and Convener of Women’s and Gender Studies in the School of Humanities and Languages at UNSW. She has published widely on the past and present of Australian feminism, including her 2008 co-authored (with Monica Dux) book The Great Feminist Denial (MUP).


Articles about Zora Simic

Articles by Zora Simic

Living a Feminist Life by Sara Ahmed book cover

Reading Feminist Killjoys

'What is a feminist book? And what are feminist books for? I pose these questions at a time when feminism is currently popular enough to yield bestsellers and when any feminist text, no matter how broadly or narrowly pitched, has to compete with a bottomless supply of high-quality feminist writing available for free on the internet. '

Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford Cover

First Person Feminism: Fight Like A Girl by Clementine Ford

Feminist books pitched to a broad audience, whatever their contents, inevitably face the same criticism: okay, what are the solutions then? This charge could be levelled at Ford’s book, in which apart from the injunction to ‘fight like a girl’, hearty encouragement to masturbate as often as you desire and to find a good girl gang, does not offer much in way of a roadmap forward. Certainly, it would have been illuminating to read about feminist campaigns that need more attention and support and to introduce readers to some impressive feminist thinkers who deserve a wider audience. Yet this criticism also strikes me as a little beside the point. The authors of feminist blockbusters have always been better at diagnosis than they have at cure and such books are still necessary, including to help prompt the ‘light-bulb’ of recognition that moves feminist identification along.