NZ Herald Aug 2, 2010
“Raunch culture” has set back women in Western societies more than 50 years, says a visiting Australian feminist. Melinda Tankard Reist, a founder of a group called Collective Shout which names and shames companies using sexual images of girls, says we are raising children in a “pornographic landscape”. “I think we have gone backwards,” she said. “Raunch culture has taken us back. It’s an absolute tragedy. These were issues being raised by feminists in the 1950s and 60s.” Ms Reist, a controversial figure in Australian feminism because of her opposition to abortion, will speak at a forum run by Christian-based lobby group Family First in Auckland this week.
Melinda Tankard Reist on National Radio’s The Panel with Chris Trotter and Linley Boniface