About Sheila

Sheila Jeffreys writes in the areas of sexual politics, international gender politics, and lesbian & gay politics. She has written ten books on the history and politics of sexuality. Originally from the UK, Sheila moved to Melbourne in 1991 to take up a position at the University of Melbourne. She retired back to the UK in 2015. She has been actively involved in feminist and lesbian feminist politics, particularly around the issue of sexual violence, since 1973.

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A picture of Trigger Warning: My Lesbian Feminist Life, a book by Sheila Jeffreys, 2020

Trigger Warning: My Lesbian Feminist Life - Sheila Jeffreys, 2020

“I am in the very fortunate position of having been able to contribute to two waves of feminism: The Women’s Liberation Movement and the new wave that is taking place now.” Trigger Warning: My Lesbian Feminist Life is both an engaging autobiography and a fascinating account of feminist history. From the heady days of the Women’s Liberation Movement through to the backlash against radical feminism as neoliberal laissez-faire attitudes took hold. Read more…

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Sheila Jeffreys speaks at WHRC Spanish language launch – 2 August 2020

Sheila Jeffreys spoke at the Spanish language launch of the WHRC Declaration on Women’s Sex-Based Rights on 2 August 2020. Watch Sheila’s speech here.

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Fetishism and the Construction of Male Sexuality – 4 July 2020

Sheila Jeffreys gave the keynote lecture at the Sex Tech, Robots and AI: A Feminist Perspective webinar organised by the Campaign Against Sex Robots on 4 July 2020. Watch the full talk here.

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Queer Politics – June 2020

Sheila Jeffrey’s talk from the WHRC webinar 7 June 2020. Also featuring Julia Beck and Ariel Pereira. Watch the talk here.