Faculty of ArtsSchool of Social and Political Sciences

Professor Sheila Jeffreys


I write and teach in the areas of sexual politics, international gender politics and lesbian and gay politics. I have written five books on the history and politics of sexuality. I am originally from the UK and came to the University of Melbourne in 1991. I have been actively involved in feminist and lesbian feminist politics, particularly around the issue of sexual violence, since 1973. I am the public officer of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Australia and on the board of Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Asia Pacific.



My most recent book is The Industrial Vagina (Routledge 2009), which examines the industrialization and globalization of the sex industry. My previous book, Beauty and Mysogyny: Harmful Cultural Practices in the West (Routledge 2005) argues that western beauty practices such as makeup, high heel shoes, cosmetic surgery, should be included in UN understandings of harmful cultural practices.

Subjects taught


I supervise PHD and Honours and MA students in all of the areas mentioned above. PHD topics that I supervise or have supervised include work on lesbian identity, prostitution in Victoria, feminism and animal liberation, women and the League of Nations, the construction of female sexuality, sexism in outdoor advertising, the international sex industry, lesbian community. Honours and MA topics have included the outsourcing of domestic work, stalking as a human rights violation, intersexuality, prostitution, trafficking, reproductive technology, arranged marriage, transgenderism.

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