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This week we had our first event for the Jar Belles – a t-shirt making night, covering what feminism means to us. It was a great success (and not just because everyone loved my veggie chilli)! We all gathered around the table with our fabric pens, glitter and ideas. The wine and biscuits were flowing and there was a great collaboration of ideas, some of which we had already discussed at our meetings and some of which concerned brand new issues that we can’t wait to touch on in future meetings and events.

When gender’s the topic of debate, I often hear things like, “Which wave are we on again?”, “Is feminism that thing where you burn your bra LOL?” and ““What the fuck is a TERF?”

turf TERF?

To make things simpler (though these things are rarely black and white),  I thought I’d come up with a list of terms and definitions.  These should be useful when discussing and understanding feminism. The terms will be broken up into three posts, as otherwise the post would be huge, but the whole thing will be put up in its complete form on one of the tabs above (see: About Us, Contact Us – yeah up there).

Please let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to add in future instalments – this first one will just include the basics.

Our Page 3 woman this week is Stella Creasy, Labour Co–Operative MP for Walthamstow and Shadow Minister for Competition and Consumer Affairs.

Waltham Forest World Mental Health Day event

I’m not a Labour supporter but Stella has certainly made me reconsider at various points with her ability as an honest, compassionate and effective politician (don’t worry Green party, my heart’s still yours!) I grew up in the town next to Walthamstow and it still pisses me off that they got her and we got Iain Duncan Smith. Of all the people.

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Savages – Silence Yourself

Anger is a product. It can be packaged, marketed, sold and sanitised. From punk to grunge, once it broke the mainstream the major labels were only too happy to buy as much disaffection as possible. However, grunge retained a sense of irony and distance about anger, an awareness that it can be used to entertain and thrill. It’s a lot easier to be ironic about a feeling than it is to fully embrace it in all sincerity and seriousness. Savages are a serious band, made up of four women based in London and they are very, very angry.