Melinda Tankard Reist

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Melinda Tankard Reist
BornMelinda Tankard
Mildura, Australia
OccupationCommentator, author, blogger
SubjectAnti-porn, anti-prostitution, pro-life, feminism, violence against women

Melinda Tankard Reist (born 23 September 1963) is an Australian writer, speaker, blogger, and media commentator. Tankard Reist describes herself as "an advocate for women and girls", and as a "pro-life feminist".[1][2] Her website also states that, "She is well known for her work on the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls and working to address violence against women."[1]

Early life[edit]

Tankard Reist was born in Mildura, Victoria. She completed secondary schooling at Mildura High School, and studied journalism at RMIT before taking up a cadetship at the Sunraysia Daily, where she worked from 1983 to 1987. As a recipient of a Rotary Foundation Scholarship, she studied journalism at the California State University, Long Beach in 1987 and 1988.


On her return to Australia, Tankard Reist was a freelance contributor to newspapers and to ABC radio. From 1991 to 1993, she lived in South East Asia and was engaged in voluntary aid work, including caring for infants with disabilities relinquished for adoption. On her return to Australia, she took up a position as an advisor to independent Senator Brian Harradine from 1993 to 2005.[3] Tankard Reist was on the founding committee of Karinya House for Mothers and Babies,[4] a supported accommodation and outreach service to women pregnant without support, and Erin House, transitional housing for women post-birth. She was involved with independent women's think tank Women's Forum Australia from 2005 to 2009.[3] She has also worked as a consultant to NGOs whose focus is on addressing global poverty, including World Vision Australia,[5] from 2005-2008, engaged in the development of WVA's Don't Trade Lives campaign.[6] In 2009, she co-founded Collective Shout for a World Free of Sexploitation, a grass-roots campaigning movement which targets advertisers, corporations, and marketers which objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services.


Tankard Reist is a contributing editor of five books published by Duffy & Snellgrove and Spinifex Press, including one with Abigail Bray and another with Caroline Norma.[7]

Executive management[edit]

Tankard Reist is the founding director of Women's Forum Australia which describes itself as being "an independent women's think tank that undertakes research, education, and public policy development about social, economic, health, and cultural issues affecting women".[8]


  • Tankard Reist, Melinda, ed. (2000), Giving sorrow words : women's stories of grief after abortion, Duffy & Snellgrove, ISBN 978-1-875989-67-6
  • Tankard Reist, Melinda, ed. (2006), Defiant birth : women who resist medical eugenics, Spinifex Press, ISBN 978-1-74219-048-8
  • Tankard Reist, Melinda, ed. (2009), Getting real : challenging the sexualisation of girls, Spinifex Press, ISBN 978-1-876756-75-8
  • Tankard Reist, Melinda; Bray, Abigail, eds. (2011), Big Porn Inc : exposing the harms of the global pornography industry, Spinifex Press, ISBN 978-1-876756-89-5
  • Norma, Caroline; Tankard Reist, Melinda, eds. (2016), Prostitution narratives : stories of survival in the sex trade, Spinifex Press, ISBN 978-1-74219-986-3


  1. ^ a b "About Melinda". Melinda Tankard Reist. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  2. ^ Hills, Rachel (8 January 2012). "Who's afraid of Melinda Tankard Reist?". The Age. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Panellist: Melinda Tankard Reist | Q&A | ABC TV". Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Karinya House Website". Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  5. ^ "World Vision Australia - Official site for child sponsorship and donations". Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Don't Trade Lives | World Vision Australia - Campaign for change". 27 March 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Tankard Reist, Melinda at Trove Books". Trove. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  8. ^ "About Us". Archived from the original on 13 May 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013.

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