The next Irish Feminist Network Book Club will take place on Friday, 3rd of February at 6:30pm at the Tea Garden, 7 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1.
The book we will be discussing is Autumn by Ali Smith.
Check out some reviews of the book here and here.
And some more info on Smith's writing here.
Looking forward to seeing you there! :)
FYI The Tea Garden is cash only; they don't accept cards.
LADYFEST returns to Dublin after 9 years with a bang!! Bringing you the best Dublin's music scene has to offer in female focused acts, LADYFEST kicks off at 7:30 in Sweeneys on Dame Street!
Tickets: €7.00 waged, €5 unwaged - available on the door.
Big Girls Big Band
+ more to be announced
We had a fantastic time marching in the 2013 Dublin Pride parade. Not only was it the 30th anniversary of gay pride in Ireland, but it was also the 20th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland. It's amazing to think we've come so far as a nation in terms of LGBTQ rights in such a short time. However, there is still so much more to do. Marriage Equality, parental rights and more widespread acceptance and respect for LGBTQ people are still to be achieved. Judging by the huge numbers, energy and great atmosphere at Pride this year, it's only a matter of time! Check out some photos of our banner and display below.
From the last discussion, people decided to chat about the idea of female masculinity; gender beyond sex, beyond binary, pleasure beyond principles and what have you.
* Feminine/masculine – why can’t I be both?
* Constructing masculinities in communities and within the individual: .
Some suggestions to chat about: tdrag kings, butch/femme dynamics in relationships, genderqueers, queers, tomboys etc.
Bewleys wasn't as quiet so we're meeting up in Seomra Sproai on the evening14th May from 7pm in the social sinema room (the first room on the ground floor- there'll be donation-based food and treats too :) )
looking forward to seeing a lot of you soon! x
The next book club will be held on Thursday, 2nd of May at 7:30pm in Bewleys cafe. All are welcome!
As chosen by the last book club's attendees, the play of the month is: The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler.
You can find the script online for free, or probably also printed. There's a HBO TV series, or you could go to see the play (let us know if you find an Irish production this month!)
"I was worried about vaginas. I was worried about what we think about vaginas, and even more worried that we don't think about them. . . . So I decided to talk to women about their vaginas, to do vagina interviews, which became vagina monologues. I talked with over two hundred women. I talked to old women, young women, married women, single women, lesbians, college professors, actors, corporate professionals, sex workers, African American women, Hispanic women, Asian American women, Native American women, Caucasian women, Jewish women. At first women were reluctant to talk. They were a little shy. But once they got going, you couldn't stop them."
Good Reads Vagina Monologues Page
Guardian Review of The Vagina Monologues,
To facilitate discussion, we'll have these ground rules:
-Everyone has the right to contribute to the discussion
-Refrain from personal attacks, criticise the idea and not the person
-Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of age, gender, race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious belief, disability, membership of the travelling community, marital status or family status.
We'll be in the back of Bewleys in the restaurant section. The reservation will be under Irish Feminist Network.
When: Tuesday, 7th of August, 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: Accent's Coffee Shop - Downstairs
How to find us: We'll have the book displayed upright on the table.
The Book: 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen
Facebook Event: RSVP http://www.facebook.com/events/343964049014730/
About: Not only is this a great classic novel, there's also a 2005 movie. The trailer is below. There's even a BBC series!
You can download the book for free from Project Gutenberg! Here's the link: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1342
Happy reading & hope to see you next month!
When: Saturday, 30th of June
Where: Starts at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/DublinPride
March with the Irish Feminist Network in the Dublin Pride Parade 2012!
The Dublin Pride Festival, organised this year by Dublin L.G.B.T.Q. Pride Ltd, starts this June the 22nd, and culminates in the Dublin Pride Parade on the 30th of June 2012.
For more information on the history of the Pride Marches, see Stonewall riots
Dublin Pride has three core values which it aims to promote through the festival:
Not only to tolerate, but to accept and celebrate diversity with the understanding that it is our differences which make us extraordinary.
To seek out those who are on the fringes and to take practical, concrete steps to ensure their inclusion in society.
Increased Visibility & Mutual Respect
To increase the visibility of the Dublin LGBTQ community within the wider Dublin, Irish and global community while communicating the message of mutual respect; to appreciate others for what they are, for how they are different and to respect them for such.
See the Dublin Pride website for more info, http://www.dublinpride.ie/
Want to march with us? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The IFN needs YOU!
Want to get involved? Want to tell us what we should be doing?
Now’s your chance….!
Our 1st volunteer meeting will take place at 7pm on Tuesday,
December 13th at the Duke pub.
This will be an introductory meeting to talk about our activities, give you a chance to share your opinion and gather your feedback on the IFN. It will also be an opportunity to meet like-minded people over pints, share experiences and make new friends.
In future we would like to hold monthly volunteer meetings. We would like to revive the IFN’s old Feminism in the Pub series, but we can't do that without you guys! At each meeting we’ll discuss a particular issue or campaign.
Come along, air your views and make your suggestions.
Want to write for the blog?
Want to organise campaigns?
Want to inspire a feminist revolution..?
We’re right there with you!
Everyone is welcome and we would love to see you there!
Next Book Club: November 1st. The book: Backlash by Susan Faludi
The next meeting of the IFN Book Club takes place at 7pm on Tuesday November 1st at Accents Coffee & Tea Lounge, Lower Stephen Street. This month’s book is Susan Faludi’s ‘Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women’.
To find out more join the IFN Book Club group on Facebook and all are welcome to join (even if you don’t get a chance to read the book!). You can also click attending on the event here.
What: Discussion of Susan Faludi’s ‘Backlash’ at the IFN Book Club
When: Tuesday, November 1st at 7pm
Where: Accents Coffee & Tea Lounge, 23 Lower Stephen Street
Accents is located just off Stephen’s Green, their Facebook page is here and website here. Directions walking from Stephens Green shopping centre here.
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