Editor’s note

22 / 05 / 2013

G’day and welcome to our May edition of Sheilas,

Lots of connecting threads in this bumper edition!

In our features section, University of Melbourne academic Violeta Politoff shares some of her fascinating research into print media’s coverage of men’s violence against women, while author Anna Krien provides us with an extract of her highly anticipated (and just launched) book ‘Night Games’, looking at ‘Sex, Power and Sport’.

The extract begins with a great footy anecdote from Victorian Women’s Trust Executive Director Mary Crooks.  Mary’s yarn refers to a past Herald Sun article reporting on how former Blues Coach Denis Pagan berated the team for ‘playing like girls’ … Which leads me to this month’s Keeping it Reel submission, from Lesley Turnbull’s exhibition ‘Throw Like A Girl: The Tomboy Project‘.

Mary is an ardent Blues supporter, and our ‘First Person’ column this month has Janny Ryan taking us to the streets of Carlton, and recollecting a quaint conversation with a stranger.  Geographically, sitting behind the suburb of Carlton, is Brunswick, where I interviewed the fabulous Kavisha Mazzella for this month’s Bonza Sheila (I still have her beautifully moving song ‘All God’s Beggars‘ that she wrote with Arnold Zable for the asylum seeker play ‘Kan Yama Kan’ playing in my head – thank you Kavisha!). Also this month, Elisabeth Morgan from the Trust links us to a ’round-up’ of critiques on the very popular HBO series ‘Girls’, in Culture Club.

To go full circle, ‘Polly Ticks‘ also has a look at the prevention of men’s violence against women, this time with a focus on the ‘politics’ of addressing the issue.

And just to bring some of these threads together and more, next month we have Carlton great Ted Hopkins writing for us on the AFL and women.

Stay tuned!

Sarah Capper, Editor, Sheilas.