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In a patriarchal structure that prioritises the ideas and actions of men, the Official Woman acts as the chief of police against all other dissenting women. Perhaps you’ve met her – she’s the woman who claims to have no female friends; who sides with men in every situation rather than women; who laughs at the idea of sexism, especially when other men are discounting it.
The Official Woman does everything she can to let the men around her know that she’s not really like all those other women. That she’s their friend and their supporter, and they can behave exactly as they like around her because she’ll be totally cool with it – even if it means making life harder for other women like her.
Why is the Official Woman such a toxic but pervasive thing? Because if we want to achieve real equality, women should be working together not climbing over each other’s bodies in order to get to special entry into the boys’ castle.
This session will look at what characterises the Official Woman, and how you can challenge her behaviour. Crucially, it will help women who have been guilty of playing the Official Woman to understand why this behaviour is so damaging to women as a whole. Provocative, funny and challenging, it aims to destroy the allure of being the Official Woman once and for all.
There seems to be a lot of confusion around what constitutes consent. No might mean no, but what happens you never hear it? What if we radically changed the way we defined consent, and the securing of it? What if instead of fixating on whether or not someone is clearly saying ‘no’, we prioritised instead […]
Poor body image is the curse of the teenage girl, and if we aren’t careful these demons can follow us into adult life. But how can we silence that critical voice inside our heads and learn to love ourselves just as we are? This session will use positive reinforcement and pop culture imagery to challenge […]
If the media is a portal through which we see the world, how does the conspicuous absence of women and their voices skew how people experience the world around them? The statistics of gender representation in the media and pop culture are very revealing. For example: Only around 20-30% of visible mainstream media roles are […]