SIATC *UPDATE* DECEMBER 2013

The Suffragette1

SIATC *UPDATE* DECEMBER 2013

Dear Teacups,

Its that time of the year again and looking back it’s been another landmark year for Feminism in the UK with many finally heralding the fourth wave of feminism. With campaigns like Lose the Lads Mags and No More Page 3 covered by mainstream media and opening up a debate across the country including fantastic support from UK universities. Debate and awareness around FGM has gained momentum this year and just this week GirlGuiding UK published a report on what girls think about Equality in the UK today. The report was based on a survey of more than 1,200 girls and young women aged seven to twenty one and found that sexisim is still widespread in the UK and affects “most aspects” of the lives of girls and young women. Read the full report here. If anything the report highlights the ingrained sexism in our society and how it affects our young girls – as feminists we have so much to fight for, and still a long way to go to progress the media, culture and society for all young women, no matter what background, ethnicity and sexuality. Despite all this so much progress is being made and so many more young women identify as being a feminist. Let us all keep making waves in the areas we specialise, get involved in activism on a local level and keep feminist issues in the spotlight in 2014!

In June this year we launched and published “Let’s Start a Pussy Riot” book, a collaborative project bringing together voices from across the arts and generations in support of Russian punk collective; Pussy Riot. We are currently organising a national university tour delivering talks to students about Pussy Riot, Russia, the state and Orthodox church and issues that we cover in our book like LGBT rights, freedom of speech and collective activism.  The tour so far has included; Manchester University and Oxford University and we have some Uni appearances happening in the new year at Bristol BIMM, Goldsmiths and Falmouth Universities.  If you would like us to visit your university please contact us.

This year, Storm in a Teacup also got involved with the launch of Feminist Times and are now publishing monthly feminist event listings on their website. Our remit has widened and we are now listing Feminist Events outside of the London area as well as listing more training events, conferences and feminist art events that appeal to different audiences. If you have any feedback or would like to get your event listed – please get in touch. Anyone can get involved in the  Feminist Times community and even submit ideas and pitches to the editorial team. For more info please see below;

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NATIONAL

From the 25th of November until the 10th of December there are lots of local events happening across the country in support of The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign. 16-Days is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute conference sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Over 2,000 organizations in approximately 156 countries have participated in the 16 Days Campaign since 1991. This year’s theme is “Let’s challenge militarism and end violence against women”. There are lots of ways to get involved whether you want to go along to a local event or raise awareness within your own networks –Amnesty International have some great resources and activist toolkit available on their website. There are lots of events happening locally across the country.   Please see below a list of events for 16 Days – coming up in December. For a full Calendar of Events please visit Womensgrid

LONDON

December is normally a quiet month for our SIATC listings but there are lots of feminist friendly events happening this December. Get your Christmas presents at BUST magazine’s annual Bust Craftacular at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Sunday 8th of December, with 65 stalls of the hottest of craft and homemade with DJs. The Gender Institute at London School of Economics co-hosts the Feminist Review annual panel discussion on representations of feminism in the media on the 10th of December. Also don’t miss “NOT FOR SALE” an event at The Feminist Library on the 2nd of December exploring fighting sexism in advertising and toys with an appearance from member of the French feminist collective CCP.

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED                                                      

THE FEMINIST REVIEW: Submit your papers on “The politics of austerity” Feminist Review is calling for articles and Open Space pieces for a special issue on ‘The Politics of Austerity’. The financial and economic crises of the last four years, together with an ascendance of conservative politics, have had far-reaching material and discursive consequences in regards to deepening social and economic inequalities. As capitalism seeks to reinvent itself in order to survive a crisis of its own making, austerity politics exacerbate divides of class, gender, race, ethnicity and disability at local, regional and global levels. In this special themed issue, we invite contributions that will provide new feminist analyses of the origins, modalities and effects of this contemporary economic, political and social crisis.

PDF DOC: Please read the full Call for Papers [PDF,22KB] for details on suggested submission topics.                                                                                           DEADLINE: 15 December 2013.                                                                                           MORE INFO: http://www.feminist-review.com/

ARE MEN DOING IT? – EAST LONDON FAWCETT

EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP (ELF) Get involved with their campaigns and come along to the groups many talks, film showings and events. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk                 WEBSITE:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

East London Fawcett’s groundbreaking campaign; “Are Men Doing It?” Asks the questions -why do many men, and indeed women, who believe in gender equality, feel uncomfortable identifying as feminists? And, given that they make up nearly half of us, what can men do to help combat gender inequality?  The Are Men Doing It? campaign aims to find out.  East London Fawcett want to know your ideas about how we challenge gender equality and engage Men in Feminism. Get in touch with us via email to buy an “Are Men Doing it” T-Shirt (online shop coming soon):eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

Let ELF know your ideas via:                                                                       Twitter – Follow us @AreMenDoingIt and tweet us your idea.  You can use the#AreMenDoingIt hashtag too                                                                                         Facebook – post your ideas on the ELF facebook page                                                      Email – Send us an email to mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

RATIFY THE ISTANBUL CONVENTION (16 DAYS OF ACTION) – WOMEN’S AID

Women’s Aid will be marking the 16 Days of Action by launching a campaign asking the government to ratify the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. The government signed the Convention in 2011 but two year later we are still waiting for them to ratify it. Ratifying the convention will mean the government will have to bring its provisions into force through domestic policy and legislation, this will strengthen the protection of women escaping domestic violence and send a clear signal that the UK will not tolerate violence against women.

SIGN PETITION:http://action.goingtowork.org.uk/page/s/tell-theresa-may-to-guarantee-minimum-standards-for-women-s-services-in-the-uk

MORE INFO: http://www.womensaid.org.uk/page.asp?section=0001000100100027&sectionTitle=Istanbul+Convention

LOSE THE LAD MAGS CAMPAIGN – UK FEMINISTA & OBJECT

The Lose the Lads’ Mags campaign, lead by UK Feminista and Object, is calling on Tesco to stop selling sexist, pornographic lads’ mags. So far we have convinced Co-op not to stock Lads’ mags and Unison has just been announced as a new supporter. For more details about the campaign visit www.losetheladsmags.org.uk

NO MORE PAGE 3 PETITION: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/david-dinsmore-take-the-bare-boobs-out-of-the-sun-nomorepage3

FREE PUSSY RIOT Support the Russian feminist punk group, who have been handed a 2 year sentence for hooliganism and religious hatred. Find out how to support;                                                                                                                                                    FOR LATEST NEWS & DONATE: http://freepussyriot.org/

LET’S START A PUSSY RIOT Buy book from ROUGH TRADE: http://store.roughtraderecords.com/Store/LetsStartAPussyRiot.html

UK FEMINISTA | London Activist Group: UK Feminista has set up a new London-based feminist activist group. Over the coming year the group will be staging a series of creative, bold actions to challenge sexism and provide visible resistance where women’s rights are under threat. The group meets on the first Monday of each month. Email to get get involved; activist@ukfeminista.org         MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.handsupstaging.com/take-action/uk-feminista-action-group/

ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED                                                    

SKY ARTS FUTURES FUND @ IDEAS-TAP 5 x £30,000 bursaries available for artists, musicians, practitioners, producers and writers (aged 18-30) DEADLINE: 6 December 2013                                                                                         MORE INFO: http://www.ideastap.com/Opportunities/Brief/Sky-061213#Overview

PERFORMANCE ART LAB We will explore the theme of Alice in wonderless (Franca Rame), the feminine voice, ritual and sexuality. We aim to present participants with an opportunity to create a 7 minutes solo/ duet or group performance by the end of three days of work where we will discover the body, its infant memories, fears, and understanding of gender, its playfulness and hedonistic movement. A physical approach to text and character combined with composition of movement through external and internal stimuli, to create a language of collaboration between the fields of dance and theatre, the concrete and abstract. HOW TO APPLY: anabaldas2002@yahoo.com                       DEADLINE 15th December 2013

STORM IN A TEACUP collective are currently organising a University tour for the Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book published by Rough Trade Records. If you would like us to visit your university please contact:.storminateacup2009@gmaill.com

COMING UP IN DECEMBER

1 December || Queer Zine Fest @ Space Station Sixty-Five, SE11 4PS      FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/160624710775600/                                                MORE INFO:http://queerzinefestlondon.tumblr.com/

1 December || ELF Presents; Sarah Lucas – Free Exhibition Tour @ Whitechapel Gallery. Poppy Bowers, co-curator of the outstanding Sarah Lucas show is kindly giving ELF a personal tour of the exhibition.Exploring the bawdy euphemisms, repressed truths, erotic delights and sculptural possibilities of the sexual body, the exhibition takes us from Lucas’s 1990s’ foray into the salacious perversities of British tabloid journalism to the London premiere of her sinuous, light reflecting bronzes.. Please email – events@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk to register for a place. Very limited places for this event! MORE INFO:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/events.html

1 December – 21 December ||  Inspirational Women North East: An Exhibition, Newcastle upon Tyne. A portrait exhibition featuring the work of photographers Bryony Bainbridge and Kami Dodds, celebrating the achievements of women who have played a vital role within the North East including politician Mo Mowlam, suffragette Emily Davison and explorer Gertrude Bell MORE INFO: http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/hatton-gallery/whats-on/exhibitions/inspirational-women-north-east.html

2 December || NOT FOR SALE: Fighting Sexism in Advertising and Toys @ The Feminist Library. Both the advertising and toy industries are powerful tools in the subjugation of women and shaping ideas of femininity. The former spreads the lies that women are inferior objects and commodities to be consumed, while the latter indoctrinates girls to accept roles of passivity and submission. What can be done to resist that? The Feminist Library is hosting an event with members of the French feminist collective CCP (Collectif Contre le Publisexisme – the Collective Against Sexism Through Advertising), which, since 2001, has fought against sexism in advertising and toys using a variety of tactics. The collective prioritises direct action (with sit-ins in department stores and sticker bombing poster ads, among others), and have produced two books of theory and research to back their actions. 6.30pm onwards.                           FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/596284507093456/

2 December || Feminisms in Scotland : Our Journey @ University of Edinburgh, Trevoit Lecture Theatre, Medical School.  Feminisms in Scotland. Our journey” . Feminism is a huge umbrella term, and one size doesn’t fit all. So what does feminism mean to individuals? How can we learn from each other? What does it mean to work in solidarity? And how do we be a movement that moves? In this evening panel discussion, co-hosted with Edinburgh University Students’ Association, we’ll hear from feminist activists sharing their experiences of feminism and campaigning. Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a Q&A session to explore issues raised. 6pm -8pm. FREE                 MORE INFO: http://www.scottishwomensaid.org.uk/news-events/events/feminisms-scotland-our-journey

4 December || Martha Mosse: Body Sculpture @ Debut Contemporary, Nottinghill. Body Sculpture is an innovative performative installation lasting 2 hours. An analysis of the female form striving for perfection, the work is a feminist exploration of the lack of control women have over their own bodies in contemporary society and examines how the ideal of perfection is used to oppress, define and limit women’s individuality and personality in the 21st century. 7.30pm -10pm. MORE INFO: http://www.debutcontemporary.com/artists/martha-mosse/#.UptHY8TwnSl

4 December || Dykes! Ditch those Dungarees: Lesbians do Fashion @ Bishopsgate Institute, EC2M 4QH. Lesbian fashion. A misnomer? Surely, lesbians don’t do fashion. But contrary to perception, clothing and style have been a crucial part of establishing an identity for women who love women. But if what we wear says who we are, can we be sure we’re all talking in the same dialect or could we be misread? And is it possible to be outside the language of fashion?Speakers include Melanie Rickey (fashioneditoratlarge.com) and Campbell X (Film Director/writer). Live and Let Louche in partnership with the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (LAGNA). Tickets: £7, £5 conc.                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/432015683576488/

5 December || Clam Jam @ Dalston Superstore, E8 2PB. Fourth “Christmas Special” Instalment of the Joyous Lesbo Gathering that Is cLAM jAM, Every First Thursday of the Month in Dalston Superstore. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/615583315167407

5 December ||  Fundraiser for Edinburgh Women’s Rape &  Sexual Abuse Centre, Edinburgh University.Edinburgh Women’s Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre is going through a massive funding crisis, has a 12 month waiting list & is at risk of losing 75% of its funding next year. On the 5th of December we are having a fundraising & awareness raising event through the Ragged University as part of the 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women Campaign. This will take place at Edinburgh Uni & includes a Ted style talk & a charity auction with over 50 prizes.                                                                  FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.ewrasac.org.uk/

6 December || TEDx Whitehall Women -@ BAFTA, London. TEDx Whitehall Women will explore the theme ‘Invented Here’ and speakers will be invited to explore how women and girls are reshaping the future.We’ll hear from women who are innovating in business, social enterprise and government; and women who have reinvented themselves or their organisations. Participants will come away with ideas, inspiration and connections to help them in their personal and professional lives. MORE INFO: http://www.tedxwhitehallwomen.com

8 December || Bust Christmas Craftacular @ York Hall, Bethnal Green. Over 65 stalls of the very hottest in handmade. Craft Workshops and DJs! From 12.00pm- 6.00pm. £2.00 admission                                                                    FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/572877636115743/

10 December || Feminist Review Annual Panel: Women in the Media @ The Gender Institute, LSE. This panel will interrogate current representations of feminism in the media and share suggestions about avenues of intervention. Natalie Hanman is the editor of Comment is Free at theguardian.com. Lola Okolosie is a writer, teacher and prominent member of Black Feminists. Tracey Reynolds is a reader in social and policy research at London South Bank University. 6.00pm-8.00pm MORE INFO: http://www.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2013/12/20131210t1830vSZT.aspx

11 December || n.paradoxa feminist art salon @ Beaconsfield, SE11 6AY.    n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal (a specialist visual arts journal, published in London: http://www.ktpress.co.uk) has started a regular monthly salon in London for women artists, writers and curators. The salon is a networking and exchange event for contemporary women artists (visual arts), writers, critics and curators who readily identify themselves with feminist art practices and would like to discuss feminist ideas, recent and/or future opportunities and art projects.TICKETS: http://www.ktpress.co.uk/salon.asp  MORE INFO: ktpress@ktpress.co.uk

12 December – 28 February || ‘Transformer: Aspects of Travesty’ @ Richard Saltoun Gallery, W1W 6RY. On the 40th anniversary of ‘Transformer: Aspects of Travesty’ – a groundbreaking show curated by Jean-Christophe Ammann in 1974 – Richard Saltoun Gallery announces a re-proposition of the original exhibition, that will reunite all the artists, in London. This is the first such reunion to commemorate the exhibition which deals with the aesthetics of desire and sexuality through travesty and drag performance. 6pm- 8pm                                                                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/204540389730477/

14 December || Club Debbie – Lady Gaga Party @ Resistance Gallery, Bethnal Green. DEBBIE is a Female-Fronted Rock Pop Indie Electro Big Gay Dance-Party for Everyone. Rock Chicks, Girl Groups, Disco Divas, Witchy Women. 10pm – 3.00pm.                                                                                                                  FACEBOOK EVENT:  https://www.facebook.com/events/171793549695869

16 December || She Grrrowls: Birth :@  Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green.  SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of talent women and includes poetry, comedy and a musical finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: BIRTH HOSTED BY SOPHIA BLACKWELL,POETRY FROM SOPHIE FENELLA ROBINS AND AMY ACRE, COMEDY FROM BISHA ALI, MUSIC FROM TONIA THORNE. £5.00. 7.30pm – 10.30pm                                                                                                  FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/532308006849864

16 December || Fundraiser for Rape Crisis South London @ Old Blue Last, London. Featuring music from Bat & Ball, Oh Boy, Katie Malco and Girls Get Busy DJs. £5.00 on door.                                                                                                 FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/305914566213768/

20 December || So Tough! So Cute! @ Waiting Room, Stoke Newington. Indiepop, Soul, Pop Punk & Girl-Groups. So Tough! So Cute! returns to London and the Waiting Room to raid the top shelf cookie jar filled with handpicked roarin’ soul sounds, arse kicking teen queens and girl-groups, jangly twee as fuck indiepop, rioting grrrls, snotty garage pop. £4.00 entry. 10pm – 4am. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/418590541576352/

31 December || Traumfrau New Year’s Eve Extravaganza @ Phoenix, Brighton. 7:30pm Italian Folk Aperitivo – eat with the traumfrau family to welcome the new year – free Italian food and live folk music! Meanwhile: BUNTY: free vocal improv workshop – join in and be part of the show later! 9:00pm – 4:30am: A Queer Dancefloor – that’s when the serious fun begins 11.00pm -Live: Bunty. TICKETS: £7/9                                                                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/46821043996663

31 December || Girl Germs New Year’s Eve party @ Power Lunches, E8 4AE. Bands: Shopping, My Therapist Says Hot Damn, Giant Burger, Actual Crimes. DJs: Girl Germs, Don’t Dance Her Down Boys, Vampire Sushi. 9pm -4am .£10.00 FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1383078671933740/

COMING UP IN JANUARY

25 January || Rebel Coffee Club @ Cardiff, Wales. New monthly feminist meet-up. Coffee, relaxed chat, and intersectional badassery. Occasional guest speakers. LGBTQ+. Free to attend. Follow us on Twitter for updates: @RebelCoffeeClub. More TBA

26 January || ELF Presents; A Fine Art Degree, Will I Ever Practice? Discussion @ Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, E1 6LA. The ELF art audit campaign revealed 31% of artists represented by London galleries are women. The inevitable question remains: what can female graduates do to combat this inequality? A panel discussion with distinguished artists Sonia Boyce, Rose Gibbs, Sarah Maple, Kerry Campbell, Hannah Perry and Hannah Sawtell. More information to follow. Please email – events@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk to register for a place. MORE INFO: http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/events.html

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell                                                                                                                                   Storm in a Teacup                                                                                                                        Feminist Arts Collective                                                                         http://joinourteaparty.org

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