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Book Launch & In Conversation with Dr Hilary Caldwell
02 July / 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Harry Hartog ANU Campus: The Australian National University, 153-11 University Ave, Manarro (Acton) Ngunnawal Country (ACT)

Book Launch & In Conversation with Dr Hilary Caldwell


Dr Hillary Caldwell will be in conversation with Beejay Silcox on her new book Slutdom: Reclaiming shame-free sexuality, an argument for a world without sexual shame.

About the Book

Despite decades of activism, women are still burdened with the effects of slut shaming in everyday life. Finally, there is a book that argues convincingly and passionately for women’s enjoyment of sex as a force to advance gender equality.

Delving into topics such as pleasure, pain, empowerment, and including real women’s stories and saucy tips, sexologist and academic Hilary Caldwell is uniquely placed to understand what women want – and, importantly, what women deserve.

Deeply researched and drawn from the author’s own life experience, Slutdom is controversial, celebratory and courageous.

‘When women are enjoying better sex, the people they have sex with will too. Sexual equality is good for everyone.’

About Hillary Caldwell

Dr Hilary Caldwell is an academic with a Masters in Health Science and Applied Science. Her doctorate, ‘Women Who Buy Sex in Australia’ was the first study in the world to explore women buying sexual services and was informed by her professional career in the field of sexology.

About Beejax Silcox

Beejay Silcox is an Australian writer and critic, the Artistic Director of Canberra Writers Festival, and chair of the 2024 Stella Prize. Beejay’s literary criticism and cultural commentary regularly appears in literary and arts publications including the Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, and the New York Times.

About the Event

  • Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
  • This is a free event, but registration is required. Book Now.
  • Accessible parking spaces directly below the Harry Hartog ANU Bookshop are available should you require them. Kambri ANU / Parking
  • If you do not feel well, please refrain from attending this event.
  • Disability Access available - please ask in-store.