Renee Gerlich is a feminist activist and independent writer based in New Zealand, who writes about women’s liberation, militarism, education and the literacy gap.
Renee has published writing on the promotion of prostitution and gender identity in New Zealand on Canadian website Feminist Current and the feminist magazine Rain and Thunder. She has collaborated with author Janice Raymond and done interviews with Women’s Liberation News, Feminist Current, Defend Feminists, and the environmentalist writer Derrick Jensen (available at the hyperlinks). Essays from this blog have been translated into French, Spanish, German, Turkish, Norwegian and Serbo-Croatian.
Renee’s activism involves regular exhibitions and actions, including the 2017 exhibition Too Much Truth: Women’s Global Resistance to Sexploitation, and an intervention at the 2018 Auckland Pride Parade alongside the founder of the Lesbian Rights Alliance Aotearoa. Renee is generally censored and barred from participation in New Zealand media (you can hear her “lost” Radio New Zealand interview here, and read about her unprecedented and absurd Phantom Billstickers ban here) – but in 2018 she appeared on TVNZ’s Q&A to discuss sex self-identification laws.
In October 2019 Renee was invited to present her talk “Transgenderism, Neoliberalism and Rape culture,” by the International Women’s Day committee in Brisbane, and in February 2020 she was a panelist at the Seeking Feminist Future event chaired by professor Bronwyn Winter at Sydney University.
Renee’s writing on arts and literacy has appeared in Education Aotearoa, Education Review, MENZA magazine, Freerange, FishHead, the Dominion Post, and Salient. Renee was researcher for a 2016 documentary called The HeArt of the Matter, about the development and subsequent rollback of education reforms implemented by New Zealand’s first Labour government; and she was a panelist for the 2016 Peter Fraser memorial lecture.
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