Hannah here: Wow festival , a couple of weeks ago on The Southbank in London was brilliant, as always. Bright sunshine, blue skies, some of my besties, a few tears, a lot of talking, and a hell of a lot of mind changing. We were honoured this year to have our names in the programme as we ran a craft session on Sunday. We met some really lovely people, some of whom are readers (HELLO!).
There is so much to say, but I fear I won't do it justice, so I will just say this. Once you start to read and think and talk about the many ways Patriarchy is screwing us all over- in the division of childcare and domestic duties, pay inequality, rape culture, diet culture, women everywhere hating their bodies- basically, once you put your 'feminist goggles' on, you start to see sexism, racism, and inequality everywhere. And I mean everywhere. Its both liberating, rage inducing and depressing. And also sometimes uncomfortably close to home. I have included a few of our highlights and favourite talks below.
Some pics from our session.
And some of our favourite talks. (In preview they all seem to be illustrated by Cailin Morans face- weird!)
The below talk blew my mind- SO interesting to learn more about the importance of intersectionality.
I am hideously late with this, but on International Womens Day itself, an email was sent to all women signed up to receive Pinterest notifications (gadzooks!) containing links to my favourite feminist boards on Pinterest. It was an honour. I say honour because I am totally addicted to Pinterest and have boards on everything from storage, roast dinners, and raising girls. Pinterest isn't perhaps primarily known as a radical online space, and sometimes the content, which is generated mostly by white middle class women, is overwhelmingly food, decor, exercise/"thinspo" and wedding related. It's come under fire for this in the past, but actually, if you follow the right people, and strategically unfollow too (you'll get an immediate unfollow from me if you post anything "thinspo". The word itself makes me want to gauge my eyes out), your feed can be filled with awesome inspiring images that don't make you feel like a failure for having a normal body and house.
It was an achingly difficult decision, but here they are. Go follow them to fill your feeds with inspirational, affirming and bolstering pins that will make you feel proud to be a woman (or angry enough to want to start a revolution ; )
My Love yo'self board was on there, as was my Because I am a Feminist. board.
I also included The Penguin Books Heroines board
The Reel Lives Bechdel Film test board
The Moon Cup (You've heard of it right?! I'm a believer!) 's board about body positivity.
The best of A Mighty Girl
Annie Hayfords board of awesome feminists
A joint board called Feminism: A Community
A brilliant board from Miss Representation called Not Buying It (calling out hilariously sexist marketing)
And lastly a board all about Comix, animation and women
THAT WAS A LOT OF FEMINISM IN ONE BLOG POST WAS'NT IT. *fist pumps* Happy Wednesday to you!