One Billion Rising, Southampton event

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Text in Image: ONE BILLION RISING. STRIKE. DANCE. RISE!

On 14th February 2013, at 7 pm, Hampshire Feminist Collective will join with activists around the world for ONE BILLION RISING, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On February 14, 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, Hampshire Feminist Collective will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as we express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.

We will be dancing in Southampton.  Please meet us at 19.00 outside Central Library on Commercial Road, from which we will move into Guildhall Square to get our Dance On!! For the flash mob to work try to get to meeting spot by 19.00, but if you’re running late just look for the group of people dancing in Guildhall Square and join in. To tie in with Valentines Day theme we will be wearing red and it would be great if you could do the same. (Maybe a red hat, scarf, gloves, a bandanna or a umbrella. Anything you can wear while you dance will do!)

Then we’ll be off to a pub/bar/cafe for a social. Probably either: Goblets, The Frog & Parrot (which used to be the Old Fat Cat) or The Art House if they don’t mind us ruining a romantic atmosphere.

Please bring family, partners and friends and join us for a good evening. It should be a nice anti-commercial alternative to Valentine’s Day.  A celebration anyone can join in, regardless of if they’re in a relationship or not!

If you can’t join us in Southampton then don’t let that stop you dancing! We’d love to see photos and videos of people dancing all over the county if you’re willing to share them.

More information about the event and why we’re rising visit the official ONE BILLION RISING website. V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

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HFC needs YOU! ‘Who Needs Feminism?’

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Starting a discussion about feminism can be difficult.

Take a group of people, and you’ll soon find those that don’t believe in feminism being relevant today. People who “believe in equality”, but aren’t “one of those scary, man-hating feminists”. “You’ve got the right to vote and work and own your own home, what else do you want?!?”.

‘Who needs feminism?’  is an international movement of self-identified feminists standing up and telling the world why feminism is still relevant and needed today. Submissions range from the thoughts of women who are tired of being harassed in the streets, to criticisms of rape culture and the concerns of men afraid to explore more ‘feminine’ pursuits.

Over the next few months, we at Hampshire Feminist Collective are hoping to collect photos of you — yes, you! — and your reason(s) for why you still need feminism. To take part, all you need is a camera, a pen and a piece of card (or a whiteboard if you’re feeling fancy). The first words of your statement should be ‘I need feminism because…’, followed by your own comment. We’ll also be trying to take photos at our meetings on the first Sunday of the month, so please feel free to pop along if you can.

All submissions should be emailed to hampshirefeministcollective[at]gmail[dot]com. Please note that they will be posted in an album to the Facebook page!

Jasper’s speech for Transgender Day of Remembrance

[content note: transphobia; violence; suicide]

I want to talk about remembrance.

I’ve heard it said that we shouldn’t have such a day as today, that we should focus on celebrating how far we’ve come instead of remembering how much we’ve lost. And perhaps we should have a day of celebration as well, but we have lost so much. For the majority of trans* people, there is not much to celebrate and there is very much to mourn.

It is our lot to remember because others will not, because authorities will not, because we are still estranged from dominant culture. Social power structures dictate what kind of lives are to be considered worth grieving, and Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded to mourn some of those lives which do not fit into that framework.

And I want to talk about loss.

When people are killed because they are like you, you carry them with you. We have built universes under our skin. Our lives and losses are not reflected elsewhere in this culture. Our history is, for the most part, a silent one. We are the only ones who will preserve it. Storytelling is integral to activism and we need these stories to be told and heard.

But this is not really about us. This is about the dead. This is our day of the dead. This is for their stories.

Not all those who have died because of transphobia identified as transgender: some of them had other words; some of them had no words; some of them were not transgender at all but were killed for not conforming to social gender norms.

This is a list of the dead. We do not have all their names. And there are many names that are not on this list.

There is no list that includes the names of all those whose deaths were not reported; of those who went missing; of those who were not reported missing; of those who died because of transphobic doctors; of those who died because they could not access shelters; of those who were imprisoned for being trans*; of those who were imprisoned because they were HIV positive; of those who died of AIDS; of those who committed suicide because of transphobia; of those who survived suicide attempts; of those who survived assault.

This is to remember not only those who are invisible to the rest of society but also those who have been made invisible to us.

[This is the list of the reported murdered trans* people who died between 15 November 2011 — 14 November 2012 (pdf), which was read immediately after this speech.]

Transgender Day of Remembrance, candlelight vigil

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Transgender Day of Remembrance: candlelight vigil
20 November, 7.30pm, outside Southampton Central Library

Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual international event founded in the wake of the 1998 murder of Rita Hester, a trans woman of colour, which was the impetus for the Remember Our Dead project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999.

On this day we honour the dead and the survivors and express support and respect for trans* people everywhere.

Hampshire Feminist Collective have organised a candlelight vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance. Please spread the word, invite your friends. Be there to remember with us.

Q. Why is a feminist group organising this event?
A. We see hate crime against trans people as no different than any violence against any minority. As such it is important to make a stand against it as trans* feminists and allies. As feminists, we believe any kind of violence or discrimination against someone because of their gender or gender presentation is unacceptable.

Q. Why do you put a * after trans*?
A. The * in trans* is to signify its status as an umbrella term; it includes all binary- and non-binary identified people

Body Puzzle: a body image workshop

Saturday 6 October, 2012 @ 2pm

The Art House, 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton, S014 7DW

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Text in image: Body Puzzle: A body image workshop to get people talking about, questioning and deconstructing media & cultural messages about beauty, weight & bodies. The workshop aims to provide participants with positive ways to challenge and counter the body hatred & negative messages that surround us. The workshop will end with a bit of body positive creativity.

All welcome. However, the Body Puzzle workshop will be a safe space and we ask that participants show respect for both those running the workshop and those attending. We hope to see you there!

All proceeds to the Art House: £3.50

Hampshire Feminist Collective are hosting our first official event. A Body Image Workshop. We all have a complicated relationship with ourselves. Our culture teaches us particular things about bodies; why not explore how this affects you? Sometimes it’s impossible to love yourself and connect with your body; issues surrounding gender, race and disability make this difficult ground to cover. Why not attend and gain some support to negotiate this bodied existence?

The workshop is open to everyone, you don’t have to identify as a feminist to attend. So why not come along and meet us?  It should be a good afternoon.

All proceeds go to the Art House, a community run, not for profit venue.

RSVP on Eventbrite or on Facebook to let us if you’re planning on attending. Hopefully we will see you there!

Reclaim The Night, Basingstoke

11 August, 2012 @ 8pm

From the Facebook event page:

The Reclaim the Night Rally & March — the aim is to raise awareness about rape and sexual assault, as well as other forms of violence against women and the culture of victim blaming. Marches have been held in London, Manchester, Leeds, Oxford and various other towns and cities across the U.K and Europe — and now Reclaim the Night is coming to Basingstoke!

We will be meeting at the Band Stand in War Memorial Park at 8pm on Saturday 11th August, we will rally there and then march through the town centre, finishing at the fountains. Come down and support the cause. All welcome!

From the description of the London event on Reclaim The Night’s website:

All women are welcome at Reclaim the Night, including: women of all colours and cultures, of all religions or none, women of any age, disabled and non-disabled women, heterosexual women, lesbians, trans women, bisexual women, refugee and asylum-seeking women and any other women you can think of! We would love to see you all there. Bring along your mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, nieces, and daughters.

We presume this applies to the Basingstoke event, and I’ve heard on the feminist grapevine that it’s FTM friendly. Come one, come all; we will rise! Doubtless to dramatic music.