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Blog Article Topics/Ideas.

 

Introduction: These are topics that are two parts supposed to inspire you to write your own ideas, but also one part really important perspectives on intersectional feminism that we would appreciate being written about.

If you want to tackle any of these topics, or need help/advice on how to approach them, please get in touch with one of the committee members.

General guide for length: Our blog is long-form, so 500-1,500 words is where most posts fall. If you think you can write an insightful article in less, give it a go, you may have the editor return it to you asking for more depth, but there’s no penalty for submitting something short. There is no official upper limit, if you feel like you can keep readers hooked, keep writing!

 

On disability, dyslexia and writing standards: Our primary concern is getting your writing out there, and creating a space for you. If you have any worries about your level of English, or communication abilities, I am happy to work with you to create a piece of work you’re happy with. On our side of things: it’s the message communicated that we’re interested in, not the oxford comma.

  • What is intersectional feminism to me?
    • I am happy for literally 1,000 different versions of this article being written. For this article, you’d be expected to really investigate your own conception of feminism, who you are and how that affects your relationship with feminism, and the learning curve it was to meet people with differing perspectives. Anyone can write this article, and the more you put into it, the richer it will be. Put yourself and your feminism under the microscope, challenge yourself, but also challenge others to make space for who you are in feminism. 
  • iFemSoc event review.
    • This is one of the most important articles you can write, and it’s probably also the easiest. All you have to do is attend an iFemSoc event and then write about the experience. Use your favourite bits, what you wish could have been included, and even suggestions for future events. Many people can’t get to our events, so you reporting back is incredibly important. It also helps us know what’s working and how to make the society better.
  • Reading “X”.
  • Anonymous Posts.
    • KCLiFemSoc aims to provide a platform for women and non-binary individuals in whatever way they need. Sometimes this includes a safe – anonymous – space to post anecdotes and survivor stories about their lives. If you wish to use this space to speak out about situations while ensuring your privacy and safety there are two ways you can do this: 1. email us from your private account, and I can ensure personal discretion. or 2. create a new/throwaway email account, and communicate solely through those messages. For more information/support, please do get in touch.
  • Fashion/Style/Beauty – Reclaiming Feminine Tropes.
    • Articles on reclaiming – and rejoicing – in fashion, style and beauty is important to us as it breaks the limitations others put on “feminists” on what they should look like, sound like, and enjoy. When writing an article under this topic, there are something you should consider yourself aware of:
    • Appropriation theory. iFemSoc enshrines intersectionality and this is done by ensuring that appropriation is called out. If you’re covering a topic that falls under this, please do so with appropriation theory in mind.
    • Thinking outside the fashion binary. Posts which explore queer fashion, and/or fashion that challenges typical notions of the gender binary, are always going to be far more interesting. But most importantly, when writing fashion/style posts, stay clear from transphobic language that excludes trans and non-binary individuals. If you personally have no experience in that area – that’s fine, you’re not expected to talk for people, just don’t exclude them.
    • Remember, articles which challenge the status quo are always more interesting to read, and most importantly, more politically dissonant.
  • Current Events.
    • There are two ways of approaching these articles. The first is a rapid-fire response to something you read/saw on the news in the past day or so. The main aim of this style is to bring a recent news story to the attention of fellow iFems & does not need to be heavily editorialised (although, that is welcome.) The second is a weightier post where you investigate a theme or event that has happened, perhaps you have a personal connection to the story, or can provide people with a better understanding of the situation. We’d expect the latter posts to be longer, and far more intimate. As always, get in touch if you need some support when approaching this topic.
  • What’s Going on at King’s.
    • Do you have a campaign idea that you want others to hear? Are you feeling isolated by the pale, male & stale academic atmosphere? Did you see something awful/great/worrying, and want to share the experience? Seeing how The Tab is trash, use kcl iFemSoc as a space to express yourself instead. We’re not selling your words for clickbait, so you know your musings are not being used to support the patriarchy.
  • Dear Freshers.
    • For the 2nd years, 3rd years, and those of you who have stayed on to do a masters here at King’s. There are many things you wished you knew when you started University, especially when it comes to liberation, politics and safe spaces. Pass on that knowledge in any way you see fit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will update this list as it goes, as mentioned earlier, if you have your own idea 99% of the time, that’s best thing to go with! If you have any ideas to add to this list, that is also definitely welcome.

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Events

Intersectionality 101 & Zine Making – how it all went down.

Intersectionality 101.

This was our first event of the year, and was the centre piece of our fresher’s events. We wanted to provide an engaging and powerful event that would help those new to intersectional feminism understand the basics, but also create something interesting and substantial for those who have been working with us – and in their own intersectional circles – for years.

For those of you who weren’t there, our speakers included:

  • Dr. Nina Power, a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Roehampton. She is the author of One Dimensional Woman (2009) and regularly writes for various publications.
  • Susuana Antubam is an activist, who is currently Women’s Officer at NUS, and was the Women’s Officer at ULU last year.
  • (Unfortunately Malia Bouattia the current the Black Student’s Officer at NUS was unable to make it)

Through the eminence of our speakers alone, we knew this event was going to be good, but my’gosh were we impressed by the turn out! With over 150 clamouring to get in – many more having to be turned down at the door due to space constrictions –  we were bowled over by the enthusiasm and excitement of our iFemSoc members and the level of energy and engagement the event as a whole gave out.

Our proudest moments was hearing feedback from our attendees with comments such as:
It’s really cool to see a femsoc which is not built entirely from a privileged white background and ideology, and be represented as such in its committee and events.” (From Stewart)
It was so engaging! It really made me think” (Friend of a iFemSoc committee member)
“I’m so glad I came, thank you for putting it on, I didn’t really know what intersectionality was before” (iFemSoc member)

So chuffed by this glorious praise, we are already eager for more! Did you come along to the event? What was your favourite part? How did you find it? What can we do next time to make it even better! Send in your comments, and we’ll add them to this page & use it to guide us in all future events.

Zine Making – Body Image.

A smaller and more intimate event, but by no means less effective, our zine making session saw iFemSoc getting crafty with glue, handy with sissors and even the occasional sprinkle of glitter. The theme was body image, a starting point that may have drawn many of us to feminism in the first place, but also continues to occupy the minds and thoughts of anyone navigating today’s image-obsessed world. Armed with glue, paper and magazines, our members took on powerful questions such as: how does aesthetic roles affect those of varying genders? How does race, and colonialism, interact with the body image of young women? What does is mean to be interested in fashion? In beauty? In yourself?

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The result was some of the most powerful images I’ve ever seen, see below for just a small example of the work (the rest will be put on facebook soon, and we’ll be polling ideas on what exactly we’re planning to do with them next). What began as a space for self exploration and intimate groups of discussion, flowed into a liturgy of expression, liberation and art. As you can see, the topic of body image provided a very rich and varied interpretation, tapping into personal but also inter-personal feelings of representation, alienation, contradiction and celebration. Many of the works go together, or can be read as a story, where as others provided stand alone and breath taking insight into how people see themselves and their bodies, through the lens of society’s perception of body image.

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We’ve already had cries from many members asking for another session, and with so much material, inspiration & enthusiasm for another go – we’ll definitely be putting together another zine making session soon.

When & what? That’s up to you! Are you ready to make some zines in the next few weeks? Do you think that the topic of body image should be explored some more? Is there something more specific or different we should focus on? Perhaps a response, or development to a zine or piece of art you’ve read or seen recently? If you have answers to any of those questions – or simply got something to say about zine making – get in touch! We’d love to host another event, all we need is you!

(And maybe more glue, because we got through a lot of it last time)

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Projects and Campaigns

Feminism in Schools – New Project launched by KCL iFemSoc Members!

by Sophie Mawson (3rd year BA philosophy student, KCL iFemSoc member)

If you want to get involved with this project, please email Sophie at sophie.mawson@kcl.ac.uk

Over the past month or so, Jamie Sweeney, Alex McKenzie, Allissa Tai and I have been working on a project: preparing a presentation about feminism to give in schools across London. One of the main aims of this project is to educate young people – we want to teach them the basics of feminism and dispel the myths that surround it. Nowadays many people learn about feminism when they’re older, and it isn’t a topic that is widely discussed among children. We think that this should change. Many children grow up surrounded by harmful messages that teach them strict gender roles, and, with feminism not part of the curriculum, they don’t have the tools to even recognise any problems. Young girls, for example, shouldn’t be growing up thinking that catcalling or unwanted touching is just part of life. By giving a short presentation about feminism, we hope to give young people the ability to critically assess things that happen in their lives in a way that they otherwise might not be able to do.

In order to build on the presentation, we are also making a starter pack for helping students to set up their own feminist societies within their schools. We don’t want to just give a presentation about feminism and then for the children to stop discussing it the next day, but of course we can’t go into every school every week in order to keep it fresh in their minds. Encouraging young people to set up their own societies will inspire them to continue developing their ideas, even after the presentation is over. Furthermore, setting up their own societies puts the power in their hands, and allows them to develop their ideas together, with other students that they see every day. We plan to keep in touch with feminist societies in schools in order to track their progress, and hope to set up connections between the different societies, so that they can learn from one another. We would also like to create a blog (similar to this one!) that the young people we meet can post on, and which will also contain lots of useful and helpful links.

This project was started a while ago by Jamie Sweeney, a third year philosophy student. Before anybody else got on board, he had already set up links with several schools, and contacted them to discuss his ideas and the possibility of giving a presentation. As well as this, he observed a feminist society meeting in a Camden sixth form, after meeting one of the girls that ran it while at the UK Feminista summer school in Birmingham. Jamie said the following about his motivation to put so much time into this:

I started the project as I feel that the experience I had of feminism before I came to university was one which is common to wider society as a whole. Namely, I had come across the movement very little (if at all) at school, and so possessed a poor idea of what feminism is about. I’d grown up with ideas around the word which society likes to enforce on people – that feminism is a movement run by frigid man haters determined to ruin our fun. It was only when I came to university, attended a few talks by the society, and had my eyes opened by my ex-girlfriend, that I realised the oppressions that women face everyday and that feminism is about fighting this oppression. I came up with the idea of going into schools to talk about feminism to ensure that people are educated from an early age about what the movement is really about, and to give young women the opportunity to fight the oppression they experience, whilst educating young men to respect women. It shouldn’t have to take until university to do so, or bypass those who don’t go!

I personally felt compelled to get on board with the project for similar reasons to Jamie. In my time at school, I considered myself a feminist while being fairly judgmental of other girls, and I didn’t realise that was a problem. I didn’t have the resources to learn more about feminism, and, as nobody I knew was a feminist, I didn’t feel I had anybody to talk about it with. With this project, we can at least make younger people aware of feminism – once they have that, they can start discussing it with their friends in the groups they set up, which will inevitably lead them to develop their ideas.

As well as personal reasons, I also feel that, as members of an Intersectional Feminist Society, we should teach feminism to those that don’t have the chance to come to university or learn about it for themselves. While I was lucky enough to be able to come to King’s and move to London, many people from where I grew up were not in that position at all, and many of them were not feminists. University is an amazing place where so much learning happens, but it is getting harder and harder for anybody to get there – not only are the fees expensive, but other costs such as accommodation can also prevent people from going. Feminism may become a much more inclusive movement if it isn’t only discussed among university students and Guardian readers.

We’re now in the final stages of preparation, and are looking forward to February and beyond, where we have several slots in different schools’ assemblies and PHSE lessons lined up. If anybody has any questions about the project, or would like to get involved, please do leave a comment. And check back on KCL IFemSoc blog for updates about how things go!

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