Join us on the first Tuesday of every month for whichever session(s) you want:
- 6.30 pm. Help set up
- 6.45 pm. Cuppa tea, biskit, and a chat
- 7 pm. Consciousness raising (‘CR’)
- 8 pm. Strategy and activism planning
- 9 pm. Close and help pack up
Interested? Email email@example.com for details. Suggested reading and resources will be sent around before each meeting.
Consciousness-raising: Sexualised advertising. Ugh. What have we noticed? What messages do these images convey? How is it affecting our kids? How does it affect us as a woman, and as women? Analysis of posters from Down. Tha. Mall. Building media literacy.
Strategy: What should we fight and were should we start? Where are we most likely to have a win?
Consciousness-raising: Rape culture. What is it? Once we define it, we can start seeing it everywhere. Why is male sexual violence against women not taken seriously? How does it affect us as a woman, and as women? Indeed, even joked about? Analysis of rape myths.
Consciousness-raising: Pornography and porn culture. How did we get here? Why has it become normalised? What is it doing to sex and sexuality? How does it affect us as a woman, and as women? Analysis of the porn industry. Porn as an expression of patriarchy.
Report: from ASASE (Australian Summit Against Sexual Exploitation)
Consciousness-raising: Patriarchy. What is it? How is it expressed? How does it affect us as a woman, and as women? Discussion on systems of power and how capitalism and neo-liberalism serve partriarchy to keep women down. Don’t worry, it’s just Sociology 101!
Do we want to swap this session with the August session, just so we have a basic framework for analysis? Let’s discuss in June.
Consciousness-raising: Prostitution. Who is involved and why? Who benefits? What is real ‘choice’ and ‘consent’? Why does the pro-prostitution lobby have so much power? How does it affect us as a woman, and as women? Analysis of the prostitution industry. Prostitution as an expression of patriarchy.
Consciousness-raising: Women’s experiences in non-western countries. What do women elsewhere endure just because they are women? Does any of this happen in Australia? How does it affect us as a woman, and as women? Female genital mutilation, ‘honour’ killings, ‘child’ (i.e., girl) marriage, acid throwing, restrictions on movement, state violence. The list, literally, and sadly, goes on.
Consciousness-raising: Feminist and women’s history. Why do we know so little? Where are all the women in history? Who are the women who fought — and are fighting — for us? How does it affect us as a woman, and as women? Do some googling and bring along some info to share about two feminists and/or women you think we should know about.