A fabulously provocative collection by women ready to destroy the joint.

Early in September 2012, commentator Alan Jones, responding to a comment by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, said: ‘She [Gillard] said that we know societies only reach their full potential if women are politically participating. Women are destroying the joint – Christine Nixon in Melbourne, Clover Moore here. Honestly.’

The twitterverse exploded with passionate, disbelieving and hilarious responses, and now here in Destroying the Joint women reply to this comment and the broader issues of sexism and misogyny in our culture. With Jane Caro editing, this entertaining and thought-provoking collection consists of essays, analysis, memoir, fiction and more, from:

Penny Wong
Christine Milne
Tara Moss
Corinne Grant
Clementine Ford
Carmen Lawrence
Wendy Harmer
Catherine Deveny
Steph Bowe
Emily Maguire
Leslie Cannold
Stella Young
Monica Dux
Catherine Fox
Nina Funnell
Susan Johnson
Jennifer Mills
Michelle Law
Melissa Lucashenko
Krissy Kneen
Paula McDonald
Abby Cathcart
Dannielle Miller
Jenna Price
Lily Edelstein
Jill Tomlinson
Yvette Vignando