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    Helen Garner
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The First Stone book. The shock of these charges split the community and painfully focused the debate about sex and power.

The First Stone book. This is writing of great boldness and it will wring In the autumn of 1992, two young women students at Melbourne University went to the police claiming that they had been indecently assaulted at a party. The man they accused was the head of their co-ed residential college.

We are beyond Garner’s The First Stone. Garner’s book had a subtitle, some questions about sex and power

We are beyond Garner’s The First Stone. There is clarity about the pervasiveness of sexual harassment, the damage it causes, and what lies beneath it. Yet as an article in the New Yorker noted in 2016, it still seems a brilliantly prescient book – in its complexity, in the tense torque of its self-argument, and in its very vulnerability and stunned intolerance. Garner’s book had a subtitle, some questions about sex and power. Whether you agreed with her answers to those questions, they were good questions, then and now. Gay Alcorn is a Guardian Australia columnist.

To provide the framework for her inquiry, Helen Garner takes the very public case of a University of Melbourne college master accused of sexual harassment by two of his students.

In this gripping non-fiction narrative, Helen Garner delves into the causes and effects of police charges pressed against the Master of Ormond . Ultimately, The First Stone is a call for hard-line feminists to growup and get conscious.

In this gripping non-fiction narrative, Helen Garner delves into the causes and effects of police charges pressed against the Master of Ormond College by two female students who claimed he fondled them at a school function.

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The First Stone: Some questions about sex and power is a controversial non-fiction book by Helen Garner about a 1992 sexual harassment scandal at Ormond College.

The First Stone: Some questions about sex and power is a controversial non-fiction book by Helen Garner about a 1992 sexual harassment scandal at Ormond College, one of the residential colleges of the University of Melbourne, which the author had attended in the 1960s. It was first published in Australia in 1995 and later published in the United States in 1997.

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This book brilliantly reveals the perversion of feminist ideals and the highly destructive nature of gender-ideological warfare on campuses in Australia in the 1990s.

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The First Stone is subtitled Some Questions About Sex and Power, and, in ways both conscious and unconscious, it obsessively pursues the questions raised by Garner’s reflexive response to the case. She defends that initial reaction, but spends the entire book worrying away at it. The First Stone attacks and retreats like a baited animal.

This bold, beautifully wrought piece of investigative journalism presents the gripping story of a celebrated sexual harassment case brought by two female students against their college schoolmaster. Compelling and intimate, "The First Stone" challenges the blind orthodoxy of today's new breed of feminists and tells of the cost of party-line politics over the more complex matters of human relations.

It's interesting to read this for the first time, more than twenty years after it happened.

Helen Garner may not have been able to interview the complainants or people who supported them, but she drew a pretty convincing picture of the culture they existed in.

She also drew a believable argument about a man, out of his element, drunk with happiness at a successful year, being lured into territory he was not familiar with and may have always hankered after. Even if he acted inappropriately, his actions did not warrant being arrested for indecent assault, nor was it sexual harassment.

More probable is that, for whatever reason, and one possible one is mentioned at the front of the book in his statement to the police but never followed up on, a group of women decided to make an example of him.

People who knew him felt he was the least likely person to do this type of thing.

This definitely wasn't the groping of a Donald Trump who wanted to prove his power. That IS sexual harassment.

This was more the action of a man trying too hard to be "one of them".

Garner is rightly concerned that modern feminism adopts the position of women as victims. They retreat to the high moral ground and scream for others to come to their aid. The author brought up the visual of solidarity. People erecting the flag for a cause and demanding that people join them without question.

Garner questions and is right in doing so.

This us and them mentality has brought on a different form of feminism which, in some areas, can be likened to a Gender War.

Some men, like Donald Trump, deserve to be taken to task for their behaviour. It is not appropriate to turn up unannounced in the changing room of teen contestants in one of his pageants.

But by drawing their bow at every man, modern feminists have lost the support of the old guard feminists who saw the fight as an empowering one.

Nowadays, some women like to dress and act as they want and believe men need to respect that. Fine. But it reminds me of kids poking their fingers into the tiger's cage and screaming in outrage when it jumps at them.

In some ways, I'm glad that the complainants refused to talk to her, as if they had, the story might have revolved only around who was telling the truth. Instead we get a picture of the culture and society in which the alleged incidents took place, the scurrilous anonymous pamphlet that followed even before the Master had been told what the charges were. We also see the inadequacy of the attempts at conciliation and reviewing the case as sexual harassment.

Some attitudes needed changing, some lessons learned, but did a man's career and future have to be sacrificed to achieve that?

I appreciated the fact that everyone she interviewed retained anonymity. If it was good enough for the girls then the same rules should have applied for everyone.
I feel extremely conflicted writing this review. Much of this has to do with the enormous controversy over this book - and over the case of sexual grooming/harassment/assault that the book deals with. I love Helen Garner's writing. It is so honest. The thing I found most confronting in this book is the question - is being made to feel uncomfortable by a man's inappropriate sexual advances equivalent to sexual violence or assault. Garner clearly thinks not. As a very young woman, placed in a very uncomfortable position by a man who was my putative boss- I'm not sure. When in a foreign country, completely alone, the only person whose name I had been given a person I could trust, a person to whom I had to account at work, tried to coerce me to sleep with me- there was no violence and extreme discomfort. It messed me up for a very long time. But it was not rape. It was not assault. the thing I found most interesting in this book was Garner's constant exploration of the question :"why are women passive in face of men's inappropriateness?". Her story of booking a massage, and the masseur kissing her- and her payment for the service even as she fled never to return again rings horribly true for me. I am glad I read the book.
The book is about a court case involving two claims of sexual harrassment in a university college. As the author, Ms Garner, points out, what actually happened in the original events will be forever unknowable. But what she does very skilfully is a bit like shining a torch at different angles into a dark room. She interviews many people, mostly associated with the case, but some familiar with similar events. The writing is beautiful and seems effortless, although you know it couldn't have been. You gradually get a sort of feeling for all the complexities. Strongly recommended.
I read this because of a James Wood review in a 2016 New Yorker. Thank goodness for The New Yorker and James Wood. The sexual transgressions in this book are fascinating to read about in contrast to those which confront us today. Gardmers intelligence is first-rate; her skepticism, compassion, and yearning for clarity are all forceful. She writes very much like the great Janet Malcolm.
This is about a court case in relation to an alleged sexual harassment incident. Helen Garner prods all the people linked in some way to the events seeking to bring forth tangible evidence that would convict or absolve the alleged offender. Garner examines the material presented in court and questions the logic used. Through personal interviews with the accused, their family and friends we get a clear picture of the morality of the accused and the devastating affect the accusation is having on their professional and personal life. Is it a false accusation and if so for what purpose? The book highlights the difficulty the judiciary has in weighing up the presented evidence and making a decision. An intriguing and well presented expose of an actual criminal court case.
The events in this book took place in 1992 and the book was published in 1995. Unlike the later Joe Cinque's Consolation by the same author, this book does not read like a book of fiction. "Joe" was a real story which read like a crime story. The First Stone is more like an academic analysis, written in narrative form. In the current #metoo era, the attitudes to sexual harassment seem almost quaint in some cases. Not an easy read, but a worthwhile one. Those wanting a satifactory solution may or may not be satisfied.
Very well written and insightful.
This book leaves me feeling very conflicted. It's a worthwhile read if you want to challenge your thinking about feminism, justice, human behaviour and communication. I can't say I enjoyed it, hence 2 stars, but I think about the issues ot raised a lot