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Seeking approval is endemic in most cultures and equated with desirability and status.
Elizabeth Gower's exhibition at RMIT Gallery 'he loves me, he loves me not' poetically reflects on women’s continuing quest for approval, permission and sanction from the generic 'he'.
This panel explores women's power struggles across different generations and cultures, including sexual violence and intimate partner violence, the need to please, and the ways the arts and the digital sphere provide an arena for women's voices to be heard.
- Dr Elizabeth Gower (artist, educator)
- Dr Leslie Cannold (ethicist, researcher, author The Book of Rachael, What, No Baby? The Abortion Myth)
- Ms Sushi Das (Opinion Editor, The Age, author Deranged Marriage)
- Dr Meagan Tyler (RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow, editor Freedom Fallacy: The limits of liberal feminism).
Dr Elizabeth Gower
Dr Elizabeth Gower teaches at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. She has a PhD from Monash University, and an MA from RMIT. She has exhibited internationally in numerous solo and major group exhibitions, and her work is held in many notable public collections in Australia as well as numerous private collections in Australia, France, Italy, UAE, UK and USA.
Dr Leslie Cannold
Dr Leslie Cannold is an ethicist, researcher, educator and public presenter on values-driven leadership, gender equity and respectful relationships. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of International Business and Asian Studies at Griffith University’s and Senior Lecturer at the Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability Research Unit at Monash University. Cannold is a regular on ABC TV’s Moral Compass and occasional columnist for The Age.
Sushi Das is an award-winning British/Australian journalist of Indian origin who has worked at the Age for 20 years. She currently holds the position of opinion editor. Das has worked in various roles at the Age, including news editor and columnist. Her work has been recognised with two Melbourne Press Club Quill awards, including Best Columnist. Her memoir, Deranged Marriage, is published by Random House.
Dr Meagan Tyler
A Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the RMIT School of Management, Dr Meagan Tyler’s work examines feminist theory, sexuality and violence against women, with the aims of challenging and changing social constructions and preconceptions. She is the editor of Freedom Fallacy: The limits of liberal feminism (Connor Court, 2015) which examines the rise of pop feminism, taking on topics ranging from pornography and forced marriage to sexual violence and sex trafficking, to argue that this kind of feminism does little to challenge the status quo.
Registration and bookings
RMIT Gallery is located at 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne, near the corner of Swanston and La Trobe Streets.
The gallery is located diagonally opposite Melbourne Central Railway Station and can be reached by trams traveling on Swanston and La Trobe Streets, including the City Circle Tram.
Limited street parking is available.