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Fancy going feminist?


Karen Whiteley
WVoN co-editor 

I know, you’re already a feminist, right?  Of course you are.

But if you’re in London this weekend, take some time out from the annoyances of the Patriarchy to treat yourself to a day in the glorious company of other feminists.

Because the Go Feminist conference, taking place this Saturday, will be full of them.

The conference, an all day affair, offers workshops on everything from Feminist Art to Consumerism & Anti-Capitalism, to Faith and Feminism.

Plenary sessions include women and economics, sexism in popular culture and women’s activism past, present and future.

The conference bills itself as feminism ‘moving from the margins to the mainstream’, and according to Shannon Harvey, one of the conference organisers, that’s exactly what the conference hopes to achieve.

‘The idea was to create a space to bring together women involved in all different forms of feminist activism, including activism which intersects with feminism, such as anti-capitalism and anti-racism.

“We want to bring a feminist analysis to those different movements and discuss how feminism can move forward with them.’

According to Harvey, this intersectionality is one of feminism’s biggest challenges:

‘Some of the obvious feminist issues, such as porn and sexualisation of girls are being talked about a lot in the media, but feminism really needs to go beyond that and address the marginalisation of specific groups of women.’

Current media interest in feminism is high.  We are, we’re told, in the middle of a ‘resurgence’ of feminism.

Whilst this is undoubtedly better than the other media trope that feminism is, in fact, dead (I keep missing that memo), the conference aims to challenge the idea of a resurgence, in the UK at least.

‘We would definitely dispute the idea of a resurgence,’ says Harvey.

‘Feminist activism has never stopped.  We are simply seeing more and more women coming to a feminist viewpoint.’

According to Harvey, the banking crisis has played a part in this.

‘We know that women are being disproportionately affected by the current economic situation, in the UK and elsewhere, through government cuts and otherwise.

‘But women are still not being represented and their needs are still not being taken into account.  More and more women are starting to realise this.’

The Go Feminist conference will take place on Saturday 4 February 2012, at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL, from 10am to 6pm.

Tickets, priced on a sliding scale depending on income, are available here.

I’m going feminist on Saturday; fancy coming with me?

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