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He Said/He Said

September 6th, 2012

Episode 14 of 92 episodes

Conversations about sex and sexual identity are constant in our times: from the debate about gay marriage – including this month’s vote in our federal parliament – to the intense discussions and disagreements about consumerism and commercialisation of sex. Yet one conversation that never takes place is that between a straight and a gay man. How do two men, one straight, one gay, see these issues? What are the different ways in which gay men are able to act out sexual desires compared to straight men? What do we mean by the word family? And what do we mean by equality? Join Dennis Altman, Jeff Sparrow and host Sally Warhaft to discuss gay and heterosexual life, love, law, politics and sex in Australia today. Missed it? Listen here: mp3 The Fifth Estate is the Wheeler Centre’s series of fortnightly forums: a more measured approach to news and current affairs. Provocative and studied, authoritative and unhurried, this is real analysis that pulls no punches. Hosted by broadcaster, journalist and anthropologist Sally Warhaft, The Fifth Estate is indispensible live journalism. All our events are recorded, with podcasts posted on our website by noon the following day. You can subscribe online, to make sure you never miss out. So far, we’ve ranged from timely political analysis and meaty policy discussions, to magazines and manners with Ita Buttrose. Lindsay Tanner has shared his views on the state of Australian democracy, former foreign ministers Alexander Downer and Gareth Evans have reflected on this influential role, and George Megalogenis and Stephen Mayne have dissected the budget. And at the height of the print media crisis, amidst news of mass sackings at Fairfax and News Limited, we hosted Harold Mitchell, Paul Kelly and Andrew Jaspan to make sense of it all. To stay in touch with upcoming Fifth Estate topics, keep an eye on our website, Twitter and Facebook, and our weekly e-news. The events are free, but bookings are required – get in quick, as we’ve been known to book out.

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