Lynne Segal was involved in campaigning, writing and leafleting in women’s groups and Left politics throughout the 1970s. The following decade she began publishing, and her books include: Is the Future Female? Troubled Thoughts on Contemporary Feminism; Slow Motion: Changing Masculinities, Changing Men; Straight Sex: The Politics of Pleasure; Why Feminism? Gender, Psychology, Politics. She ponders many of the issues discussed in this interview in more detail in her latest book: Making Trouble: Life and Politics. Today she is Anniversary Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies in the School of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.
This conversation, between Lynne Segal and Lisa Baraitser, is the first in a number of planned intergenerational conversations between what are usually termed second-wave feminists and what could be referred to as the ‘daughters’ of this generation.