Harrogate Feminists

Our chance to object to the renewal of SEV licences for Harrogate’s lap-dancing clubs: reminder!
January 18, 2012, 10:04 pm
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Members of the public have until 26 January to register any objections to the proposed SEV licence renewals (you don’t have to be a local resident to object, there are no restrictions on where you live) – so, if you feel even half as strongly about this as we do, please think about contacting the council to let them know your views!

The link below gives the details:



Two Harrogate clubs apply to become Sex Entertainment Venues

Both Wild Cats on Oxford Street and Kings Club on Kings Road have applied to become Sex Entertainment Venues under the newly adopted legislation.  Harrogate Borough Council have invited the public to make comment, and the closing date for this is Thursday 26th January.

We will discuss this at our next meeting on Sunday 22nd January and then make a response to HBC so please email harrogatefeminists@gmail.com if you’d like to come along.

OBJECT and Turn Your Back on Page 3 submit evidence to the Leveson Inquiry
December 30, 2011, 10:38 pm
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The joint OBJECT / Turn Your Back on Page 3 submission provides a snapshot of „A Week In The Life Of’ The Sun, The Daily Star and The Sport. It highlights the „Page 3‟ phenomenon, the adverts for the porn and sex industries, and other innumerable ways in which women – and even crimes against women, such as rape and murder – are routinely trivialised and sexualised within the UK press. It calls on the Leveson Inquiry to address this relentless portrayal of women as sex objects as part of its remit to examine the culture and ethics of the press, and it provides recommendations to tackle the hyper-sexualisation and objectification of women in UK tabloids.

Visit OBJECT website to read more…


Lap-dancing: “You are reduced to your component parts”
November 11, 2011, 10:45 pm
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Very good article in The Guardian telling the story of one woman’s experiences of working in lap-dancing clubs.

Her book should make interesting reading.



Because I Am A Girl

The charity Plan has a campaign called Because I Am A Girl – aiming to make sure girls in every country can access a quality education.

Their latest report is here – highly recommended.

No meeting in Oct.
October 16, 2011, 2:43 pm
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We won’t be having a meeting in Oct after all (sorry) but we will in November!

It was a dark and stormy night.
September 12, 2011, 10:09 pm
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It was a dark and stormy night. Quite a few people couldn’t make it, but there were enough of us left to tell dark, unsettling, Hallowe’en-esque stories about cycles of violence: serial killers with damaged frontal lobes, children locked out of their houses to roam the streets until their parents came home from the pub, and various Bad Parenting models (and we all agreed that blaming single mothers was not the answer to this). We also thought that meeting violence with violence wasn’t always the answer either, and that the Police Community Support Officers sometimes have a better approach and can head off trouble before it starts with a few well-chosen words.

Next time, please can we talk about kittens and rainbows for a bit, just to balance things out? Just kidding…