Next Meeting – Sexism, Misogyny, Racism and the Internet

13th December, 7-9pm, Friends Meeting House, Ship Street

7-8pm – Discussion topic
As discussed on the Facebook page, this month’s topic is – Sexism, Misogyny, Racism and the Internet – What are the issues and how can we fight back?
* A couple of high profile women bloggers and journalists writing on the internet have raised concerns and stark criticism about the rising level of sexism in comments sections of blogs and news articles.
* Is this growing trend limited to the internet or does it represent a new acceptance of sexist and racist comments and opinions (a brief look at the way the UK riots were discussed by politicians may provoke debate).
* Why the internet? Do comments sections and personal blogs represent freedom of speech or should they be more closely monitored?
Here are links to a couple of articles on this subject, do send more if you find them, or post on Facebook:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/05/women-bloggers-hateful-trolling?INTCMP=SRCH

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/nov/09/talk-to-online-misogynist-bullies?INTCMP=SRCH

http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/helen-lewis-hasteley/2011/11/comments-rape-abuse-women

Not on the internet, but riots – http://www.varsity.co.uk/news/3697

8-9pm – Actions, ideas for meetings etc.
* How to continue the fight back against the cuts – we’re planning to produce a Brighton context to the Fawcett society’s research about the way the cuts are effecting women, showing how particular austerity measures and cuts to benefits and the public sector will effect women in Brighton and Hove. If you’d like to be involved or have ideas it would be great to see you at the meeting!
* Brighton and Hove City White Ribbon Status – there have been some encouraging developments on this and we’ll be discussing what we can do. 

We’ll be having drinks after the meeting as well, as its the last Feminist Brighton meeting of 2011, it would be great to see you there!

As usual, all are welcome at the meeting and we do ask for a £2 donation towards the cost of the room hire.

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