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Lifting the Curse

Jen Gunter [USA]
Chaired by Yumi Stynes
Sun 25 August 11:45am
Sun 25 August 11:45am
Myths, misogyny, and women’s health.

A fearless crusader against ‘vaginal steamers’ and ‘jade egg enthusiasts’, the Internet’s OB-GYN, Jen Gunter, has long been on a mission to dismantle the maze of myths (and misogyny) surrounding women’s health. Armed with her sharp wit and medical prowess, Gunter exposes the pervasive misinformation that shackles society, urging women to seize control of their bodies. From smashing ancient menstrual taboos to demolishing dangerous pseudoscience, she champions the call for evidence-based care. 

Jen Gunter appears exclusively in Sydney. 
The fact that people are profiting from the idea that a woman’s reproductive tract is dirty and filled with toxins is really the core tenet of the patriarchy.
Jen Gunter

Jen Gunter [USA]

Jen Gunter is an internationally bestselling author, obstetrician, and gynecologist with more than three decades of experience as a vulvar and vaginal diseases expert. Her bestselling books, The Vagina Bible and The Menopause Manifesto, have been translated into 25 languages. She has a blog called The Vajenda, is the host of Jensplaining, a CBC/Amazon Prime video series that highlights the impact of medical misinformation on women, and is the recipient of the 2020 Media Award from The Menopause Society. Her TED Talk, Why Can’t We Talk About Periods? was the third most viewed TED Talk of 2020, leading to the launch of her popular podcast on the TED Audio Collective, Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter.

Photo: Talia Herman


Yumi Stynes

Yumi Stynes is an author and broadcaster. She can be heard talking about women’s issues on the ABC podcast Ladies, We Need to Talk. Her groundbreaking books co-authored with Dr Melissa Kang include this year’s ABIA Winner, Welcome to Sex. The Welcome to series of books have sold over a quarter of a million copies and been translated into 14 languages. When it all gets too stressful, Yumi has a food podcast called The 5 Minute Food Fix where she laughs and loves around the joys of cooking.

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