East London Feminists

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ElephantsAndMiasmas Wed 30-Mar-11 15:50:30

Have been looking for feminist groups in East London, but not come up with anything, so was thinking of (possibly) starting one instead.

Does anyone know of a group? Or <clears throat> would anyone like to come to one? Would probably be quite relaxed, chatty (think MN in real life) and aiming to be a source of inspiration, moral support and wine ideas for activism etc.

<whistles and stares out of window>

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steamedtreaclesponge Wed 30-Mar-11 15:57:33

Me! I want to join!


I think we should have feminist film nights. Or we could watch anti-feminist films and boo at them.

Prolesworth Wed 30-Mar-11 15:58:08

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ElephantsAndMiasmas Wed 30-Mar-11 16:04:49

I went to a LFN meeting (London Feminist Network) but it seemed rather, er, corporate. I can see why that is, but I'd love to have something more relaxed IYSWIM.

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Prolesworth Wed 30-Mar-11 16:11:35

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BelleCurve Wed 30-Mar-11 16:11:35

Yes would love to join something like this. I have also looked at the LFN group but seemed a bit intimidating although not really sure why.

steamedtreaclesponge Wed 30-Mar-11 16:25:15

Yep, felt the same way about LFN. The meeting I went to wasn't one of their usual ones; they were meeting to try and discuss a code of conduct so their normal meetings could be a bit different. At any rate, there were about 20 people there, all sitting around a big conference table, and it was a bit like attending any old committee meeting/workshop (except more interesting than most meetings I've been to!)

It would be nice to have something cosier and more informal to go to as well as the big stuff, I think.


ElephantsAndMiasmas Wed 30-Mar-11 16:32:32

I think LFN probably is under a lot of pressure to be formal/sorted/organising etc, they were kind of the root of the newer feminist groups as far as I know, so they have to be very upstanding and a good example etc. Just guessing here.

Whereas I was picturing more sitting round in a house/comfy room/cafe drinking hot chocolate/wine and talking about stuff.

Maybe I just have low aims.

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Prolesworth Wed 30-Mar-11 16:37:07

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ElephantsAndMiasmas Wed 30-Mar-11 17:27:18

I have no idea either <clueless>

Was sort of hoping that either a) someone would come on here and go "oi, come to this existing group you dunce!" or b) all the lovely London MNers would want to come and we could sit around wearing Patriarchy YABVU badges and spitting through our bears.

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steamedtreaclesponge Wed 30-Mar-11 17:27:23

I think the groups are all quite fluid - I imagine lots of people are members of both LFN and smaller groups. You do seem to see the same faces over and over again!

Yes, I think the root of the problem with the LFN meeting was probably the lack of wine grin

ElephantsAndMiasmas Wed 30-Mar-11 17:27:27

haha - BEARDS

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steamedtreaclesponge Wed 30-Mar-11 17:28:05

I think spitting through bears would be more fun. We could take the bears on marches to frighten the patriarchy with.

ElephantsAndMiasmas Wed 30-Mar-11 17:40:31

yes they could accompany the cavalry.

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ElephantsAndMiasmas Thu 31-Mar-11 09:31:42

Anyone else in London interested?

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Ephiny Thu 31-Mar-11 10:06:09

I'm in East London and in theory would be interested - though I'm a bit shy about going along to groups where I don't know anyone blush

ElephantsAndMiasmas Thu 31-Mar-11 10:42:15

we could lay a trail of chocolate drops so you'd be too busy following them to be nervous?

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MissMaryofSweden Thu 31-Mar-11 10:45:04

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ElephantsAndMiasmas Thu 31-Mar-11 11:06:58

That does sound good, but I'm not a member and no money to join atm

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MissMaryofSweden Thu 31-Mar-11 11:13:19

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ElephantsAndMiasmas Thu 14-Apr-11 14:58:23

Any other takers? I'd love to start organising a meet up in the next few weeks - maybe middle of Mayish - if people are interested?

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jenny60 Thu 14-Apr-11 16:01:12

I go to my local Fawcett group and it's very relaxed. I know some groups are more active and formal than others, but don't know about East London. There are at least 2 women who come to ours who aren't members and no one minds. Why would they? The more the merrier. Have really got a lot out of going; just being in a room with other women who KNOW and CARE about the same things is wonderful and uplifting.

steamedtreaclesponge Thu 14-Apr-11 16:15:16

I'll come!

Wouldn't mind checking out the Central & East London Fawcett group either - the more the merrier, I reckon grin

Unrulysun Thu 14-Apr-11 16:29:08

I'd come . I've been looking for something like this. I'm not strictly East London but I'd have to get to Farringdon gor the Fawcett anyway so not sure it'd be that much more. Unless you're in E17?

steamedtreaclesponge Thu 14-Apr-11 16:31:52

Nope, E1! Nice and easy...

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