Prompted by our discussions with friends and family, we’ve come to realise that there are many people who don’t want to associate themselves with feminism or call themselves a feminist.
Generally they think it is something that it’s not.
Perhaps they think feminism is a hard-left, super-radical ideology and they hesitate to attach a politically-charged label to their name. Maybe they think feminism is about belittling, demonising, or disparaging men. It could be they think the battle is already over and feminism no longer has a purpose or a place in modern society.
The growth of the internet and communication about social issues via online services has seen dialogue about feminism enter new spaces.We feel that the core message of Feminism have become bogged down by unproductive dialogue online, in the media, and in the physical world. This perpetuates inaccurate and harmful ideas about feminism. It is imperative that social issues undergo constant discussion to remain relevant, inclusive and accurate in their purposes. We want to see feminist discussion carry on in directions that will ensure this.
With the Feminism 101 campaign, the UQ Women’s Collective wants to reach beyond our network. We want to engage people who might not normally think about feminist ideas or get involved with activism. We want to educate people who who hold misconceptions about feminism that stop them from calling themselves a feminist or causes them to dismiss feminism as something that doesn’t interest or represent them.
We want to get people off Facebook and Tumblr and reddit. Bring people out of the depths of Culture Club and Stalkerspace. We want real world discussions about what feminism is really about, the history of feminism, feminist theory, how feminism affects everyday life. We aim to create a space for people to share personal stories and experiences.
We think real-world interaction is imperative.
We have been and will continue to hold a series of stalls on Wednesdays. We want to talk to you about your perceptions of feminism, and what feminism means to you. There will also be the opportunity to have your photo taken to declare that you are indeed, a feminist. These photos will be shared on our social media sites such as facebook, instagram,
On April 30th we begin our seminar series with a discussion on Feminism in Australia. We will hear about the history of the movement, as well as the current struggles we face.
Our second seminar, on Intersectional Feminsim, will be on the 7th of May. Women who face different, intersecting oppressions will share their stories to remind us that feminism is a movement for everybody. Finally on the 14th of May we will conclude our seminar series with a panel of cis-male Feminists/allies. They will talk about the ways men can further the cause of Feminism.
We hope we change some minds. We want to recruit people to our cause. Most important though, is that the discussion is being had, face to face, on campus. When none of us
can hide behind our computer screens, we will engage with each other and we will educate each other. This is how change happens.
This is Feminism 101: An Introduction.