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July 30
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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A Melbourne CBD Location

Dangerous Dinner: Have descriptions of Gender ever been more fluid?

Dangerous Dinner

Hosted by:
Trisha Avery
Prof Ian Dunn AM

July 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


How do we define a Man or a Woman? Society has started a potent debate on this. The term TERF (Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist) accusations and clashes rage on, with J.K. Rowling often at the epicentre. Could both sides of the debate be right? 

Please share your view at our Member only Dangerous Dinner,  with open discussion and drinks and fingerfood.


In a relaxed, informal dining environment, we draw on the diverse expertise of our members sharing their ideas and experiences on complex or controversial topics; to learn from others, challenge assumptions, spark new ideas or point the way for potential actions.

Dangerous because the topics may be difficult to discuss, ask the silent questions, challenge thinking, unpack pressing issues, test emerging trends. Safe because we respect others’ views, it is polite not offensive, under Chatham House rule and listening with the intent to learn.

Once a month, you will be able to join your fellow Melbourne Forum members for a robust discussion on a range of themes in dynamic company and over a light meal. The focus is on ‘food for thought’ with shared conversations and shared platters as part of the collegiality.

Our Member Forums are a wonderful way to spend more time getting to know others around the table. Melbourne Forum is often regarded as a community who comes together because they are keen to engage for a better civil society. As one member explained, they are “… as good a connection to the other members present as I have got from any Melbourne Forum event I have been to.”

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