Last Thursday I saw Virginie Despentes speak at the ICA on Exploding the Myth of Femininity. I wrote a review over at Spinster.
On Monday night I went to Skeptics in the Pub where I heard a talk by Rebecca Watson (from Skepchick and the Skeptics Guide to the Universe) on Women’s Intuition and Other Fairytales. It was really good.
Last night I had a dinner with work people. At least I got free food!
Tomorrow night I’m going to a talk by Virginie Despentes called Exploding the Myth of Femininity. Virginie Despentes wrote the novel and film Baise-Moi (currently banned in Australia, I believe), a violent, rape-revenge fantasy that contains ‘actual sex’, OMG! I am planning on watching the film tonight so I’ve seen it before seeing her talk. She is actually talking about her new book on feminism called King Kong Theory.
On Saturday there’s a Zinefest at the Women’s Library which sounds quite fun. The Women’s Library currently has the exhibition Between the Covers: Women’s Magazines and their Readers (Until Wednesday 1 April 2009, entrance free), and as part of the Zinefest on Saturday, there is a comics exhibition and stallholders selling zines and comics (and other DIY media, I imagine) and workshops.
The Women’s Library
25 Old Castle Street
(Aldgate and Aldgate East tube stations)
Saturday, 24 January, 2009
12-1.30pm Self-publishing 101 (seminar room)
12- 2.15pm Screen Your World -Printing Desire (activities room) I believe the screen-printing workshop is booked out now.
1.30-2pm and 2-2.30pm Zine Tour (meet at reception)
2.30-4pm Radical Publishing Panel (seminar room)
12-4pm Comic Exhibition (cafe space)
12-4pm Stalls (mezzanine)
I don’t really make zines anymore and hardly read them, so I’m looking forward to picking some up on the weekend. I want to get back into making zines this year, so hopefully this will help kick-start it.
A week ago, Paul and I hosted our second bookclub. This month’s book was Spud by the South African John van der Ruit. It was a funny, very easy-to-read book set in an elite boys boarding school in South Africa in 1990 – the year that Nelson Mandela was let out of jail and that apartheid was ended. It wasn’t very political or deep but it made me laugh a lot and I even cried. Next month we’re reading Y: the Last Man, a comic set on Earth where all the male humans and mammals have died except for one man (and his male pet monkey). I have read the first two volumes and wasn’t that impressed – it was interesting but I got the feeling that the writers thought they were being feminist but I wasn’t all that convinced that they knew what they were doing.
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Paul and I are going to see the French feminist theorist, Luce Irigaray give a talk at the ICA on 24 June. I’m not sure if I’ve read anything by her before but I’m planning to brush up on her thinking before the talk to try and get the most out of it. So if anyone can recommend any of her work to read before I go, I would appreciate it. I have already been recommended An Ethics of Sexual Difference and I Love to You. Irigaray will be speaking about the thinking behind her new book Sharing the World. She will be giving another talk at the ICA later in the year (9 September).
I have received my first newsletter and magazine and I also get a free t-shirt. I chose the one that said: This is what a feminist looks like. It hasn’t arrived yet. The Fawcett Society are running a competition where you customize one of their shirts and you can win some prizes. I’d really like to enter!
Tonight I’m going to see the Guerilla Girls on Tour which is described thus: Activist theatre collective whose mission is to create performances and workshops that address sexism and racism across the globe and prove that feminists are funny. This event also forms part of East festival and the Spit Lit Festival.
Am going with Paul and Renee. Should be cool.
Paul has posted about some upcoming events we’re going to see so you can check it out there because I’m too lazy to post it here when you can look at it on his site! But I will say that I’m very excited about seeing Alec Empire in April. He is very sexy and he rocks!