Gabrielle Jackson - Pain and Prejudice
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Tickets available until 20 September 2019 6:00 PM
This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.
‘This book is a brilliant, blood-drenched page turner. Every girl, woman and man – and most particularly every doctor – should read it.’ Emily Wilson, Editor of New Scientist
Cass Moriarty is in-conversation with journalist and author Gabrielle Jackson for the launch of Pain and Prejudice.
An incredibly important and powerful look at how our culture treats the pain and suffering of women.
In 2015, The Guardian journalist Gabrielle Jackson told her editor she wanted to write about endometriosis. It turned into a world-wide investigation into the disease, in which thousands of women got in touch to tell their own story and hundreds and thousands more read and shared the material.
This was the catalyst for Gabrielle thinking more widely about women's pain and how it is viewed and treated not just by the medical profession, but by wider society.
“Women are socialised to believe their pain is normal. It’s not,” says Gabrielle Jackson. “What’s more, putting up with pain could be making it worse in the long run.”
The stark reality is that women's pain is not taken as seriously as men's. Women are more likely to be dismissed, fobbed off and denied treatment than men, even though women are much more likely to suffer chronic pain than men. The reasons for the discrepancy have not been widely investigated and are little understood by modern medical science.
Pain and Prejudice is a vital testament to how social taboos and medical ignorance keep women sick and in anguish. It is a strong polemic on the state of women’s health and healthcare in today’s world.
Gabrielle Jackson is an associate news editor at The Guardian Australia, and was previously opinion editor there. Before that, she was a senior journalist at The Hoopla. Gabrielle has lived and worked in the USA, UK and Australia as a journalist and copywriter. She currently lives in Sydney and commutes regularly to the Riverina district of New South Wales. Gabrielle was first diagnosed with endometriosis in 2001. In 2015 she was also diagnosed with adenomyosis. After writing about endometriosis for The Guardian 2015, she became interested in how women’s pain is treated in modern healthcare systems and has been researching and writing about the topic since then. Gabrielle loves cooking and is a kebab connoisseur. In 2011-2012, she spent eight months travelling from Europe through the Middle East to Asia sampling and researching the history of the kebabs and their journey to the western world. She returned to Australia after being run over by a train in India.
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