Sex, love and relationships in an online era

Posted 12 April 2017

Girls and young women are” not going to sit around taking selfies for the rest of their life. Like, how is that possible?” says Professor Catharine Lumby who is enraged by cultural double standards that attach to young women.

The co-author of The Porn Report, and the foundation Chair of the Media and Communications Department at Sydney University, Catharine is a regular columnist for The Guardian and advisor to the National Rugby League on cultural change.

We are thrilled to welcome Catharine to deliver this year’s Lecture in Memory of Fiona Baranowski. She joins us on 8 May at The Dome to explore the topic of young people, sex, love and relationships in an online era.

For more details and bookings visit our listing in the Events calendar.


Professor Catharine Lumby is the author and co-author of six books and numerous journal articles and book chapters. She is writing a literary biography of the author Frank Moorhouse for Allen and Unwin.

Catharine writes a regular column for The Guardian. She also a longstanding social commentator on radio and television.

Catharine delivers talks and workshops to schools for educators, parents and young people on social media, ethics and respectful relationships.

Since 2004, Catharine has worked in a pro-bono role advising the National Rugby League on cultural change and education programs for players. Before entering academia in 2000, she was a journalist and opinion writer and has worked for The Sydney Morning Herald, the ABC and The Bulletin magazine.
She was the foundation Chair of the Media and Communications Department at Sydney University and the foundation Director of the Journalism and Media Research Centre at UNSW.

She joined Macquarie University in 2013. She has been the recipient of eight Australian Research Council grants and has completed research projects for organisations as diverse as Google Australia, the Australian Communication and Media Authority, the Australian Sports Commission and the National Rugby League. She sits on the Council of the National Museum of Australia.

“I care deeply about gender equality and protecting women and children from violence. As a former journalist and observer of our media landscape I am also intrigued by the opportunites that social media gives us to have an open conversation about who we are and what’s important.”

Professor Catharine Lumby’s website can be found at

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