Who can join HFC?
Anyone can join, we’re a mixed gender group from a variety of ages and backgrounds. All that we ask is that you recognise your privilege and follow the code of conduct.
Where do you meet?
We currently have our monthly meeting in Southampton as the most central big city in Hampshire. We meet on the 1st Sunday of the month at 2pm, we are currently meeting at a house shared by three members while we are looking for a new accessible venue and welcome suggestions. We can meet people at the train station and encourage people to car share to make travel more accessible. We are aware that not everyone can travel though, so we do attempt to organise events throughout Hampshire UK. We also will occasionally take parts in other parts of the country such as Brighton or London.
Does it cost to join?
No there is no cost to being a member of HFC. We are currently meeting in a free venue so attendance is free. However, we sometimes do ask for donations at meetings, depending on the cost of hiring the meeting venue.
Can I bring my child to meetings?
Yes, unfortunately we can not offer child care or that the meetings will be entertaining for them. It’s up to individual parents but we’d suggest that you bring pen, paper, books or hand held games/toys to keep your child entertained. We are aware that childcare can be a barrier in preventing parents of young children engaging with activism and we’d welcome suggestions of ways we could make meetings more accessible. We also do try to co-ordinate child friendly meet ups throughout the year to try and reach out to parents who can’t attend usual meetings.
Is HFC an intersectional feminist group?
HFC strives to be as intersectional as possible, we believe that all oppression’s are interlinked and to quote Audre Lourde ‘there is no such thing as a single issue struggle.’ However we recognise that we may still make mistakes and welcome any constructive criticism or input.
Is HFC trans* inclusive?
HFC was set up to be a trans* inclusive feminist group and safe space. Many of our members are trans*, we include our preferred pronouns when we do introductions and the beginning of every meeting, the building we meet at has gender neutral toilets and we have been involved in organising Transgender Day of Rememberance events. We are not perfect however and may make mistakes, please do call us out if we do something wrong.
I’m new to feminism and worried that I don’t know enough to get involved. Do you accept newbies?
We welcome people who are new to feminism and/ or the concept of intersectionality. Everyone was new to feminism at some point and part of being an intersectional feminist is recognising that it is a constant process of self growth and understanding. You don’t need to have a degree in the social sciences or to have read lots of classic feminist texts to get involved. We recommend that newbies read our glossary to help them out with some of the technical jargon and read our blog and articles we post on our social media accounts. We also always welcome questions and recognise that we all make mistakes sometimes, so try not to worry.
I don’t identify as a feminist but I am interested in intersectionality, can I join?
We are aware that the feminist movement has a history of racism, transphobia and classism and we recognise that some people who share our aims may not feel comfortable identifying as a feminist. We welcome womanists and other equality campaigners as long as they share our core values and abide by the code of conduct.
I want to learn more, what would you recommend me reading?
We are working on a recommended reading list. If there is any particular topic you are interested in feel free to ask and one of our members should be able to recommend you certain books or websites to read. If reading books isn’t your thing, or you find it hard to access them for whatever reason don’t despair. The internet can be a playground of knowledge and information, with many interesting and accessible sites, blogs and videos. Many of our members gained their feminist knowledge through the internet rather than traditional academic routes and it is by no means the ‘soft’ or ‘lesser’ option. Have a look at the links on our site and keep an eye on the articles we post.
What is HFC’s Stance on Sex Work/ The Sex Industry?
We recognise that sex work is a complex issue, and has a history of being a divisive issue within feminism. We are a small group representing a variety of opinions, but with an emphasis on being intersectional. We recognise the abolitionist movement has historically tended towards classism and not taking into account the voices of working-class women in sex work. We do recognise that the most marganalised in society (trans women, women of colour, women living in poverty, immigrants, single mothers, homeless youths) often have very little choice about getting into sex work and so we think it’s important to tackle and work towards ending the economic and social marginalisation of certain sections of society rather than framing the sex industry as the root cause of their oppression.
We are also very critical of the way male sexuality is often framed as a ‘medical need’ and we think it is patronising towards men to suggest they have no control of their sexual urges. We are also highly critical of the commodification of sex and women’s bodies under a patriarchal capitalist frame work. We aim to challenge the sexism prevalent in our society that teaches men to see women as objects for their own pleasure and sex as something ‘owed to them.’
We are aware that we do not have all the answers, but our primary focus is on the safety, security, health and wellbeing of sex workers with an emphasis on the Merseyside model, which places attacks on sex workers as hate crimes.