Harrogate Feminists


Personal perspectives on feminism wanted by student group
October 25, 2010, 10:15 pm
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We’ve been contacted by the Leeds Met University Women’s Forum.

They tell us they’re planning a speaker meeting on 4th November, 2pm at Leeds Met University Civic Campus, entitled “Has Feminism Liberated Women?”

They’ve already got one speaker confirmed and are after some more…

If interested please contact Cara at womenstudents@leedsmetsu.co.uk



Feminism not only in London
October 22, 2010, 8:12 pm
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We hear that there’s going to be live streaming of this weekend’s Feminism in London conference – handy for those of us who couldn’t make the event itself.

Meanwhile, the countryside comes to Harrogate courtesy of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society in Countryside Live.

Maybe one day we’ll have a Feminism in Harrogate conference? Well, if “all the best bits of the countryside” can come to Harrogate for a weekend, anything must be possible…



Let’s hear it for a “nil” policy on SEV legislation!

Just wanting to draw people’s attention to Hackney Council, which is amongst a handful of councils proposing a “nil” policy on SEVs licensing.

They have even produced a leaflet explaining why they feel this policy would be appropriate to their particular borough. In particular they cite a vision to narrow inequalities within the borough – which, of course, should apply to all councils under the new Equalities Act 2010. They also mention their concerns about the pressures on its young people to engage in behaviour that might make them vulnerable to others – again, this is highly relevant to all boroughs, including Harrogate. They also produce several other good arguments for their policy.

We commend Hackney Council and the other Councils who are currently leading the way on this.



Next meeting – what its about
October 13, 2010, 10:50 am
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Our next meeting is on Monday 18th October 7.30-9.30 at ‘The Place’, Crown Hotel. We will do introductions and then be discussing:

  • Update on SEV licensing
  • Independent Domestic Abuse Service (and how we can support each other)
  • International Women’s Day – (should we plan an event?)
  • Department of Health, violence against women & children campaign

Also sharing information on the reclaim the night march in Leeds and anything else people want to share.

As well as the core group members we are expecting visitors from York Feminists, IDAS, and Harrogate Soroptimists. New members are very welcome – email harrogatefeminists@gmail.com to let us know you’re coming.



Men kill men; men kill women; women get killed

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission yesterday released its triennial review, entitled “How Fair is Britain?”

There’s a lot of interesting data in there, and over the next week or so, in this blog we’ll reproduce some bits of data relating to equality between women and men. But it’s also interesting to read the report as a whole. A picture emerges of a society made up of individuals who, on the whole, believe themselves to be tolerant, broad-minded and entirely fair at all times; but in which some groups of people nevertheless experience marked disadvantages in many aspects of life, simply due to the gender (or ethnicity) they happened to be born with.

The contrast between the view most people have of a pretty fair society, and the actual lived experiences of particular groups within it, is very marked. People who say that feminism is no longer relevant “because women and men are now equal” need to look at this report and think carefully whether this is really supported by the data we have.

As you’d expect, there is a lot of within-group variation, so of course there’s a big overlap between each of the different groups being compared; but taking the broad view, men and women are not yet equal, at least on the basis of many of the measures in the report.

The first theme tackled is entitled “Life”: what is an individual’s chance of dying from various causes?

A graph, reproduced here from the full report, shows that if you’re unlucky enough to get killed by another person, the person who’s most likely to have done it depends a lot on whether you are male or female. Men tend to get killed by strangers, friends or acquaintances; on the whole, that’s probably going to be other men. By contrast, women overwhelmingly tend to get killed by partners or ex-partners; on the whole, that’s probably going to be men, too. And in particular, those men with whom they once lived or had a relationship.

Behind the appearance of equal legal rights, tolerance and diversity within Britain today, there’s still a strong undercurrent of gender inequality that operates powerfully within the domestic sphere – behind closed doors.

“An Englishman’s home is his castle” may mean one thing to the Englishman, but another thing entirely to ‘er indoors.