Author/Editor: Melinda Tankard Reist

Melinda Tankard Reist
Melinda Tankard Reist ( is an author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls. She is best known for her work addressing sexualisation of girls, objectification of women, pornification of culture, sexual exploitation and trafficking and violence against women. Melinda is author/editor of five books including Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls (Spinifex Press, 2009), now in its 9th printing, Big P*rn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry (Spinifex Press, 2011, co-edited with Abigail Bray) and her new release (Spinifex Press, co-edited with Caroline Norma) Prostitution Narratives: Stories of survival in the sex trade. An opinion writer for a range of mainstream and online media (including ABC and SBS), Melinda is also a regular on morning television and has appeared on ABC’s Q&A and The Gruen Sessions as well as many other TV and radio programs. Melinda is co-founder of the grassroots campaigning movement, Collective Shout: for a world free of sexploitation, exposing corporations, advertisers and marketers who objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services. An ambassador for World Vision Australia, Compassion Australia and the Raise Foundation, Melinda is named in the Who’s Who of Australian Women and the World Who’s Who of Women.


11 Apr 2016 Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade at DiMattina's, 306 Lygon St, Carlton

Prostitution Narratives
to be launched by Julie Bindel, UK journalist and broadcaster

Hear from survivors of the sex trade and abolitionist activists around t... more
15 Sep 2011 Big Porn Inc launch dates

Thursday 20 October 12.45 for 1-2 pm. Jubilee Room, Parliament House, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney. Free event. Light refreshments provided. RSVP to Kate Hagga... more

30 Sep 2010 Sexism alive and well in Australia

A guest blogpost by Getting Real editor and Collective Shout founder Melinda Tankard Reist.

06 Sep 2010 Saving boobies or saving women?

An interesting piece by Melinda Tankard Reist on the sexualisation of breast cancer campaigns. At her blog or Crikey.

17 Aug 2010 Music industry criticises raunchy filmclips

A number of music industry figures, such as Kate Ceberano and Kylie Minogue's former producer Mike Stock, have come out against the increasingly sexualised ... more

01 Jul 2010 Melinda Tankard Reist on the Gruen Transfer

Melinda Tankard Reist, editor of Getting Real, appeared on the Gruen Transfer's Gruen Sessions, talking about the portrayal of women in advertising. You can... more

04 May 2010 In Conversation With . . . Melinda Tankard Reist

The Voice magazine has just published the first half of their interview with Melinda Tankard Reist. In it, Melinda talks about why she's a advocate for wome... more

30 Apr 2010 Women buying men for sex is not equality

Our latest blogpost questions the notion of "empowerment" in a rise in escort services for women. By Getting Real editor, Melinda Tankard Reist.

12 Apr 2010 Anti anti-raunch?

Ex-Cleo editor and blogger Mia Freedman has given some positive airtime to our 2009 bestseller, Getting Real, but she seems to have gotten a bit gun shy aft... more

04 Apr 2010 Put soft porn out of view & Emily Maguire on 'bad girl backlash'

An article in Melbourne's Age reports leading child experts -including Getting Real  contributors- calling for a ban on adult magazines in newsagents, milk ... more

18 Mar 2010 Two new articles from Melinda Tankard Reist

Melinda has published two new articles talking about the destructive effect that pornography can have on our society.

The first is "Going Gaga over raunch ... more

24 Feb 2010 New Zealand's response to the sexualisation of girls

'Stepping up the fight against childhood s*xualisation', an article by Elizabeth Willmott Harrop, is now up on On Line Opinion. It talks about the New Zeala... more

17 Feb 2010 Melinda talks to Mia Freedman

Melinda Tankard Reist was interviewed at Mia Freedman's blog, Mamamia. Melinda talks about her new organisation Collective Shout, designed to be a way in wh... more

16 Feb 2010 Collective Shout launched

Melinda Tankard Reist has launched Collective Shout, an organisation to expose corporations and marketers who exploit women and sexualise children to sell t... more

09 Feb 2010 Event 24 February: "Our girls, Our bodies, Our selves"

Melinda Tankard Reist and Julie Gale, contributors to Getting Real, will be speaking at Barefoot magazine's "Our girls, Our bodies, Our selves" event on Wed... more

05 Feb 2010 Our Girls, Our Bodies, Ourselves

Barefoot magazine presents "Our girls, Our bodies, Ourselves", an event exploring girls, women and their bodies. It delves into popular culture, sexualisati... more

27 Jan 2010 Melinda Tankard Reist speaks out on Roger David's 'rape chic' t-shirts

Melinda has been quoted in the Courier Mail's article "Sexual message offends as T-shirts labelled 'rape chic'" on the online furore about the "Blood is the... more

08 Dec 2009 Getting Real lauded in NSW Parliament

NSW Government Whip, Greg Donelley MLC has expressed dismay at Cotton On's ongoing promotion of raunchy baby t-shirts, despite promises to remove them from ... more

25 Nov 2009 Getting Real in the media

Melinda Tankard Reist has a new article on the ABC's Unleashed; you can read it here.

Anna Krohn editorialises on Getting Real and 'the nightmares of girl w... more

18 Nov 2009 ACT launch of Getting Real

Women's Forum Australia is hosting a dinner and dessert during White Ribbon Week to launch Getting Real by Melinda Tankard Reist. The event is open to all Wo... more

30 Sep 2009 The launch of Adproofing Your Kids

Adproofing Your Kids, by Tania Andrusiak (Getting Real contributor) and Daniel Donahoo, will be launched on Sunday 4 October at 2.30pm at the Eltham Bookshop... more

18 Sep 2009 All is not well in girl world

In response to an article in The Age, Julie Gale writes in a letter to the editor published Sep 18 09:
'No, all is not well. Christine Gordon (Comment & Deba... more

06 Sep 2009 Cheating on the Sisterhood

Getting Real contributor Lauren Rosewarne's book, Cheating on the Sisterhood is out now. Click here for more information.

07 Sep 2009 Getting Real in the media

Getting Real has been released to great media attention, including a double-page spread in The Weekend Australian Inquirer section and a multitude of radio. ... more

27 Aug 2009 Relentless pressure to be better-than-real

Melbourne University's Cordelia Fine writes about waxing, plucking, tweezing and womanhood: 'Meanwhile the younger generation watches and learns. In Getting ... more

14 Sep 2009 Getting Real launch - Sydney

Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls will be launched at NSW Parliament House on Weds 23 Sept, 6pm as part of a forum on the early sexualisat... more

02 Aug 2009 Melinda Tankard Reist Commentary

Getting Real editor, Mellinda Tankard Reist comments on the recent 2Day FM incident at On Line Opinion and The Australian.

22 Jul 2009 Seminars: Children & the Sexualised Media Australian Council on Children and the Media, in alliance with Kids Free 2B Kids, presents two Melbourne seminars:

Bratz, Britney and Bralettes: the sexuali... more

10 Jun 2009 Melinda Tankard Reist comments on Ramsay fracas Women's Forum Australia spokesperson and Spinifex author, Melinda Tankard Reist, has gone on the record over offensive comments made by Gordon Ramsay: 'Ramsa... more


Book Awards
Big Porn Inc: Highly Commended: 2012 Australian Educational Publishing Awards

Books published by, or available from, Spinifex
Big Porn Inc
Defiant Birth
Getting Real
Prostitution Narratives

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