24 posts tagged london
Did you know that I run my own supper club?
I launched Hub Suppers in June this year with Impact Hub Islington, the London coworking space for people working in the social justice, tech and creative industries, where I moonlight as a member host.
I’ve long been obsessed with the way that people do (and don’t) connect. Why networking events always set most people’s pulses racing, as we search awkwardly and at random for a stranger to talk to. Why people feel alienated by the communities that are supposed to serve them, and what community organisations can do to become more open and accessible. What makes people feel welcome and safe, and what leaves them feeling isolated.
So I wanted to start a supper club that did more than provide a cool/pretty room and some tasty food. I wanted to create a supper club where making conversation with the stranger sitting next to you wouldn’t feel awkward, because that stranger had been hand-selected to sit next to you based on your mutual interests and enthusiasm for meeting new people. And besides, the whole point of the night was to talk to interesting strangers. An individually curated dinner party where the guests are as interesting as the food.
We’re currently pulling things together for our fourth Hub Supper, scheduled for Wednesday, 11 December. If you buy your ticket by next Wednesday November 20, we’ll find out what you’re into and who you’d like to meet. Then, based on the information you provide us, we’ll match you with your dream dinner companions. Jude Law might be a bit of stretch, though.
It will be ace. It always is.
You can by your ticket to the December Hub Supper here.
Is getting hitched an inherently anti-feminist act? Or can it be (indeed, has it been) reimagined as a more equitable, progressive institution?
The next meeting of the London Feminist Discussion Group, hosted by Lucie Goulet and myself, will be held next Monday 14 October, at the usual time of 7pm, at the Breakfast Club in Soho. We’ll be looking at feminism and marriage, drawing on a provocative mix of liberal and radical writing for inspiration.
To RSVP, drop us an email at email@example.com, or join our Facebook group here.
And some links to get your brain ticking:
Feminism and the marriage contract (Carole Pateman, PDF)
The marriage trap (Slate)
Marriage will never set us free (Organizing Upgrade)
No, marriage is not always anti-feminist (Jezebel)
Feminism and the modern woman’s backlash against marriage (The Scarlett Woman)
An anti-marriage feminist gets happily married (Everyday Feminism)
Hi Gabrielle. Moving to London - how exciting! What will you be studying? Re: feminist events, UK Feminista runs an activist training camp each summer, this year to be held in Birmingham on 17-18 August (not London, I know, but the UK is tiny compared to the US or Oz, and pretty cheap/easy to get around by train).
The London Feminist Network is a bit more radfem than, say, I am, but is an excellent source of feminist news and events. And you should definitely follow Feminist Events (@feministlondon) on Twitter. The Feminism In London conference, which I attended when I first moved here in 2010, is scheduled for 26 October. @Sarcastathon on Twitter has just launched a feminist group, too, focussed on taking feminism “out of the tweets and into the streets.”
And of course, I run a feminist discussion group of my own, which you can get on the list for either by clicking here, or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We meet on the first Monday of every month.
Anything I’ve missed?
Just a quick note to let you know that the next London Feminist Discussion Group, hosted by Sarah Graham and I, will be held on Tuesday May 7 at 7pm, at LEON on Old Compton Street in Soho. We’ll be talking about the Dove ‘Real Beauty’ Sketches Campaign.
All women (and interested men) welcome. We are a trans-inclusive group. Just RSVP to email@example.com (or join our Facebook group) by Thursday May 2 so we can book an appropriately sized space.
A few articles you might want to take a look at before the meeting:
Dove vs Science: Thanks, But We Are NOT Our Own Worst Beauty Critics (Mirror, Mirror… Off The Wall)
Why Dove’s ‘Real Beauty Sketches’ Video Makes Me Uncomfortable… and Kind of Makes Me Angry (little drops)
The problem with the Dove Real Beauty Sketches campaign (Eat The Damn Cake)
One Narrative Fits All: Dove and “Real Beauty” (The Beheld)
Dove’s ‘real beauty’ sketches ad deserves some praise (The Guardian)
And there are plenty more where that came from if you care to Google.
Hope to see you there!
Just a quick note to let you know that the next London Feminist Discussion Group, hosted by Sarah Graham and I, will be held on Monday March 4, at the Earl of Essex in Islington. We’ll be talking about Hilary Mantel’s essay on Kate Middleton and Royal Bodies.
Our ethos is as follows: “We want this group to be a space where we can be messy, to dig into the issues that leave us uncertain, and to challenge ourselves politically and intellectually. Disagreement is great – it’s the process by which we open our minds and refine our ideas – personal attacks are not on.”
All women (and interested men) welcome. We are a trans-inclusive group.
To RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday so we can book an appropriately sized space. Meeting starts at 7pm.
Via the new Time Out London blog, Now. Here. This., this made me laugh:
HOLD THE PRESSES! It turns out that we’ve made a terrible mistake with the name of one of our most treasured landmarks. The BBC has reported that according to a Chinese tourist, Violet Chun Yang, Big Ben has been snubbed by Mandarin speaking visitors because ‘ben’ means ‘stupid’ in their native tongue. The traveller – who is more interested in seeking out Prada than the historical sights of London – said that they’ve nicknamed our good old pal ‘Big Stupid Clock’; not exactly inspiring is it?