Feminism

December 03, 2012

When I was nine, I decided I was going to be a zoo-keeper. I had a business plan and everything - I would start small, cleaning out the cages, then build up the animals' trust. Soon I would be irreplaceable and they'd have to promote me, and eventually the zoo-keeper would give me their zoo because I was doing such a good job. It wasn't the best laid plan, but I was nine and I was sure it would work. When I told my mother, she said 'you can be whatever and whoever you want to be'. Though it would ...

October 22, 2012

Naomi Wolf bounced onto the stage of the Brighton Dome’s studio on Friday night with a wide grin, expressing her excitement at being in Brighton “with such cool people.” She wants to talk to us about her new book, this collation of neuroscientists’ responses to her talk demonstrates. Wolf is not an expert, and neuroscientists are eager to point out the dangers of making linear cause and effect relationships between a neurochemical and a specific emotion (like ‘dopamine produces assertiveness’). Quite apart from that, Wolf’s argument hinges on the reader accepting phrases like ‘the feminine soul,’ ‘the Goddess array,’ and ...

October 19, 2012

In September, Sarah Catt was sentenced under section 58 to eight years’ imprisonment for procuring her own miscarriage. When she was close to term, she bought the drug misoprostol, commonly used to induce labour in pregnant women, and took it in her home. She later told police the baby was stillborn. Although it is not illegal to induce your own pregnancy and give birth unattended in your own home, it is an offence secretly to dispose of a child’s body after it is born, under section 60 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. However, Catt was not charged ...

October 02, 2012

As a previous organiser of Slutwalk London, I feel it is necessary to speak out against the recent decision by the current organiser to support Julian Assange. I am deeply disappointed and hurt that our local movement has been used to publicly back a celebrity accused of rape. Slutwalk, for me, is an anti-rape movement. Last year's march, which I organised with two other women, was an extremely positive and empowering event. We stood, 5000 strong, and there were women, men, children, LGBTQ people, disabled and able bodied people, young and old, people of various ethnic and class backgrounds, and ...

August 17, 2012

Following today's verdict of guilty for the three women of Pussy Riot and their subsequent sentencing, some of the collective have recorded their responses below Littlespy:  It would be easy to dismiss the mass interest in the imprisoned members of the band Pussy Riot as common or garden bandwagon jumping, an easy cause to get behind because they’re young, attractive and splashed all over the daily news at the moment. I think there’s so much more going on here though. I’m seeing people following their story who wouldn’t ordinarily call themselves ‘political’ and a significant recognition that what is happening ...

August 16, 2012

A dance flashmob has been organised in support of the Russian band Pussy Riot, on the eve of their trial verdicts. The band's members are in court in Moscow for singing a protest song in a church. The trial has been widely recognised both within and outside Russia as a disproportionate, politically-motivated case. The central Brighton event co-ordinated by the Brighton Feminist Collective is open to all who wish to show their support, and will involve participants spontaneously dancing to one of the band's songs before dispersing. A Brighton Feminist Collective spokesperson said: http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/russia-urged-release- pussy-riot-group-court-prolongs-detention-2012-07-20https://www.facebook.com/events/476321332380904/

August 14, 2012

Delving into the Cutlery Drawer. Hel Gurney runs an events label called the Cutlery Drawer. WaywardTapper fired over some questions to the now-Brighton-based activist on events, feminism, and why fundraising is so vital to their work. a non-victim-blaming self-defence class from the awesome LCPS)... The summer after I graduated, I decided to keep going off my own bat - and do it even bigger. I've been meaning to blog about the story behind the first Moulin Rage for some time, but here's a short version: when I arrived on the London student feminist scene, the two main issues I heard ...

May 19, 2012

On the BFC Twitter account yesterday, we posted the following tweet: “BOYCOTT RADFEM2012". In response, we received the following: “STOP BOYCOTTING feminist events! Stop the vile between feminists! Engage in positive discussions! 4fuck sake!!” I decided not to engage with the person who sent the tweet, as I was pretty certain it would not have a positive outcome for either of us. However, I feel that perhaps we should explain why we do not support the event, because it is important to back up the statements we make. The Brighton Feminist Collective is not a radical feminist group. We have a ...

April 10, 2012

Yesterday’s Guardian featured an article on the rise of “grassroots” feminism in the UK. Having read the article I would argue that it is unbalanced, unrepresentative and misleading. Whilst reading the article and looking at the accompanying picture, several things struck me. Black Feminists UK verbalised my thoughts when they tweeted “A piece on future feminism that includes white mc girls and MEN but not word ‘black’ or ‘ethnic’? FAIL!”. But this is not the only issue. There is no mention of LGBT feminists, no mention of older feminists (because it is possible to come to feminism later in life, and not all ...

March 13, 2012

Brighton Feminist Collective are currently undertaking a project called Brighton 40 Days of Treats. This project was inspired by the original 40 Days of Treats campaign, a campaign set up to counteract the impact of the 40 Days for Life protests, which they call 'prayer vigils', outside BPAS and Marie Stopes clinics. Now I'm aware there are a lot of '40 Days' in that paragraph so let's break it down a little bit. 40 Days for Life in the UK is an offshoot of the 40 Days for Life campaign based in the United States and led by Coalition of Life. The ...

March 08, 2012

Today being International Women’s Day, it seems appropriate to think about all of the amazing women who have inspired us throughout our lives. We know that this is a standard of IWD, but as so many of those articles nowadays seem to feature the same four women over and over again, and way too many feature Thatcher (if you don’t understand why that is a problem, please see Frau_bh’s blog on that subject), we thought we should add a little BFC flavour to the mix: @waywardtapper@littlespy@liannedemello@SqueamishBikini@reading_red@frau_bh@WAYWARDTAPPER@LITTLESPYhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjane_Satrapi@LIANNEDEMELLOhttp://www.vandanashiva.org/@SQUEAMISHBIKINIhttp://www.lit-arts.net/Behn/@READING_REDhttp://www.april-ashley.com/@FRAU_BHhttp://geschichte.verdi.de/persoenlichkeiten/emma_ihrer. I will try to find an English link as well