Speaking into the Silence

  • Briony Lipton
  • Elizabeth Mackinlay
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)


This chapter asks ‘when is it safe to reveal our feminist talk and when we might conceal our personal-as-political agendas?’ It explores the micropolitics of public and private reprimand for talking feminist and the ways in which such censure of feminist voices elicits a fight or flight response. Further, we also ask, in what spaces are feminist academics ‘willing’ to reveal their feminist talk and what happens to these voices when they do speak out?


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Briony Lipton
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Mackinlay
    • 2
  1. 1.School of SociologyAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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