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i am at the feminism in london conference

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YoniMatopoeia Sat 26-Oct-13 10:12:25

Opening speeches now

tribpot Sat 26-Oct-13 10:17:52

I hadn't heard this was on, so for other posters' benefit: Feminism in London.

The programme certainly looks like an interesting one.

WoTmania Sat 26-Oct-13 10:32:35

Ooooh, wish I was there. Next year. Keep us all updated please

YoniMatopoeia Sat 26-Oct-13 11:42:30

Really good so far. Signal keeps dropping, so will update at lunch time

coribells Sat 26-Oct-13 12:16:16

I am here too. In the 'challenging linked system of power' workshop at the moment.

BasilFucker Sat 26-Oct-13 12:23:32

Dammit I was too apathetic to go this year. Hope you enjoy it Yoni.

coribells Sat 26-Oct-13 12:51:18

This is the first feminist conference I be ever been to.

YoniMatopoeia Sat 26-Oct-13 13:42:25

<waves at Cori>

I was at the incarcerated women one. V moving talk by a former prisoner (who broke down, while describing her former abuse, and got a standing ovation)

I am at the trafficking one this afternoon.

YoniMatopoeia Sat 26-Oct-13 13:43:24

It is also my first feminist conference

LRDtheFeministDragon Sat 26-Oct-13 17:53:11


Marking my place, it sounded like such a great programme.

yoni, that sounds so moving. Brave of her to talk.

Grennie Sat 26-Oct-13 18:09:09

Hope you are enjoying it. Finn MacKay is speaking. She is a really good speaker

YoniMatopoeia Sat 26-Oct-13 19:25:55

Finn McKay was amazing. Really great and inspirational speaker who closed the show.

I went to the meet afterwards that was about setting up a Stop Porn Culture campaign, they are planning a conference for March.

Can't type too much now as laptop out of charge so on crappy phone.

Grennie Sat 26-Oct-13 19:28:22

Please post details of the porn conference when you know more?

YoniMatopoeia Sat 26-Oct-13 21:42:58

My favourite phrase from the Women in Prison organisation talking about why women end up in prison (putting it down here before I forget it) 'Maybe it isn't the fish, maybe it's the water'

She really highlighted why, from her experience of speaking to women prisoners, the problem is not usually with the woman, but with society. That is not to absolve them of their own responsibility, but to highlight the many, many ways they have been let down before that point.

YoniMatopoeia Sat 26-Oct-13 21:46:13

Will come back with details of the SPC session in a bit

LRDtheFeministDragon Sat 26-Oct-13 21:48:34

Oh ... I love that phrase. Beautifully powerful.

I will look forward to the updates.

YoniMatopoeia Sat 26-Oct-13 22:00:34

And I just want to add - If you have never seen Finn MacKay speak, and you have the opportunity - TAKE IT. Cancel other stuff if you have to. She was completely brilliant

LRDtheFeministDragon Sat 26-Oct-13 22:07:06


Oh, I am ridiculously jealous!

YoniMatopoeia Sat 26-Oct-13 22:25:17

OK - SO the Stop Porn Culture is linked to this US campaign

They have now set up SPC groups/campaigns in Norway, Germany and Austria. They are looking to expand this further.

The presentation from the women who are doing this in the above countries was about why the campaign is needed and what they are doing ( raising awareness, stickering adverts etc.,).

They are planning an international conference, held in London, in March, and Gail Dines will be coming. They were looking for people who would volunteer to help spread the word, help organise etc.

It was pointed out that this is already being raised in this country by existing groups/campaigns (and to be fair their presentation did imply that they were bringing us something new).

One of the (how do I phrase this right) older experienced feminists shared her experiences of how they were received in the 70s when trying to do something similar (told they were joyless, anti sex, censorship etc.,) and that they have to protect themselves from the trauma of the stuff they may see while putting this stuff together.

Young feminist asked about 'acceptable / feminist porn'

Other people pointed out that porn is not a necessity. The huge amount of money invested in taking a part of human relationships, filming it and then selling it back to us was also discussed.

...... Will remember more....

YoniMatopoeia Sat 26-Oct-13 22:26:29

LRD - we need to organise a MN femanist conference and invite her. She was inspirational

Grennie Sat 26-Oct-13 22:27:41

She speaks at lots of conferences. If you look on her blog, she often says where she is speaking next.

YoniMatopoeia Sat 26-Oct-13 22:28:00

Oh, and on the Stop Porn Culture link above there are presentations that anyone can download (on one of the tabs) detailing the damage of Porn etc

YoniMatopoeia Sat 26-Oct-13 22:28:57

Grennie can you link to her blog? I am knackered and too lazy to google (sorry)

Grennie Sat 26-Oct-13 22:32:59

MooncupGoddess Sat 26-Oct-13 22:33:05

I'm totally impressed you managed to get the WiFi working envy

Finn was great. The non-hierarchical relationships workshop I went to was rubbish, wish I'd gone to the overlapping power one instead.

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