FAC Discussion: Feminism and Class


Wednesday the 27th of February


Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, CB5 8GA


Cambridge Reclaim the Night, 28th January

Reclaim the Night is happening on 28th January, organised by CUSU Women’s Campaign.

Info from the Facebook event –

Women have the right to live free from fear. Women have the right to walk free from fear. We want to claim this right. So join us on 28th January to demand an end to street harrassment and violence against women. We will be meeting at 8pm at the lamppost in the centre of Parker’s Piece and marching down Regent’s Street, through the market and ending up and King’s College Chapel where a candlelit vigil and a speaker event will happen.

The route is wheelchair accessible.The march from Parker’s piece is open to all self-defining women and children. 

There will be a solidarity demo outside Great St. Mary’s from 8pm for allies.If anyone wants to come just for the vigil in King’s Chapel that is completely fine! It is open to everyone and will begin around 8.45pm.Please join us to demand safer streets!

Contact womens@cusu.cam.ac.uk or g.foreman@angliastudent.com with any questions.

FAC 2013 Review

What do we want from and for our feminist group in 2013?


FAC 2013 Review Meeting: 23rd Jan, 8:00pm @ The Friends Meeting House http://goo.gl/maps/4ME7Y

This first meeting of the year is an organising meeting for us to talk to each other about how we are finding the group, what we like and dislike about it, how we might like to change it and what we want it to become.

Everyone who is involved with the group on any level can come and share their thoughts and feelings. At this meeting we may also want to take a vote on some decisions.

An agenda for the meeting will be circulating through the mailing list and on the facebook group, and anyone can bring up something to discuss.
If you would like to add something to the agenda you can comment on this blog post about it anonymously, reply to the email from our mailing list, or post on the facebook event [private to the facebook group]. You can also bring something new up at the meeting, or someone could bring your point for you anonymously [ie a written note] but we’d like to gather as many points as possible beforehand so we can try to make sure there is enough time to talk about each one.

Hope to see many of you there, hear your wants and hopes and see the group evolving.

Discussion: Feminism & Romantic Relationships

  • When: 8:00pm Weds 26th September
  • Where: Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA
Let’s have a meeting next week where we talk about feminism and romantic relationships. We can have a chat about feminism IN romantic relationships, or the lack of it, and and issues that have arisen for any of us when it comes to feminism and our relationships. We can chat about romantic relationships where sexism was a problem, and about amazing feminist romantic relationships. …
Please do feel free to come along and join in – everyone probably has SOME experience of feminism arising in the context of a romantic relationship, or at least has an opinion on the subject. I’m a big fan of feminism in romantic relationships, I’m looking forward to hearing everybody else’s experiences.

Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre Fundraising Opportunities

Dear women,

Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre supports women and girls who have survived or are currently experiencing rape or childhood sexual abuse. We offer a telephone helpline service and face-to-face counselling.

We need to raise £30k to keep our services running for the next 12 months.
We are looking for female fundraising volunteers who can help us by:

·         Organising fundraising events (band nights, comedy nights, cake sales…)
·         Taking part in sponsored events (eg running a marathon, sponsored cycle ride)
·         Letter writing to local businesses requesting support
·         … or any other ideas you have to raise money for us!

If you are interested and think you can help, you are warmly invited to come along to a meeting on Weds 15th August 7pm at the Women’s Resources Centre, Hooper St.

The Women’s Resources Centre is an accessible venue with a free car park. Directions here: http://www.cwrc.org.uk/index.php?page=60

If you live in Cambridgeshire UK and you cannot make this meeting but would like to get involved, there will be more info here about following meetings and on our Nabble page where you can sign up to our mailing list and get emails about events etc.

Students! We will be setting up a separate student fundraising group starting this October – if you would like to join please get in touch to let us know you’re interested!

CRCC Team. xx

Bodies & Beauty: Open Discussion Meeting

You are invited to our monthly meeting for July!

 We will be discussing body image and beauty.

These are some of the things we might talk about…
weight/size, fat, muscles, dieting, different notions of beauty, mannequins, clothing & gender, body modification, beauty practices, hairy bits, plastic surgery, perfection, airbrushing, masculine and feminine bodies, skin, body-police…
When? Weds 25th July
Where? The Friend’s meeting House, 12, Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA [This venue is fully accessible]
What time? 8:00pm [til 9:30]
There is no entry fee [donations are welcome if you have a few coins spare]
I’m hoping for a lively discussion from 8-9:30 at The Friend’s, and an even more lively discussion in the pub after. We usually go to The Champion of the Thames on King St for a few drinks.
Feel free to invite your feminism-curious friends to this one- its a great introductory topic for those worried that they don’t know enough or aren’t sure they should call themselves a feminist- everyone has something to say!
Hope to see many of you there, sorry about the short notice this month!

Women’s vocal improvisation – starting soon

Women’s vocal improvisation – starting soon

I used to do some free vocal improv with a couple of friends who were music therapists.  This would involve getting together, sitting or standing with our backs to one another, choosing a theme, and then vocalising (in a wide variety of ways) around a chosen theme.  We were surprised to find how great it felt. 

I went to the Her Noise symposium at the Tate Modern the other weekend and there was a panel on voice which reminded me of these sessions, so I’ve decided to start them up for FACers. 

Our first meeting will be at the Bath House Neighbourhood Centre on the corner of Gwydir St and Mill Road (just before the MIll Road bridge on the left, click here for a map) on Sunday 27th May from 5-6pm.

We’ll see how the first session goes, and if it goes well we’ll continue on the same day/time/venue on subsequent weeks.  All self-identified women welcome.  It REALLY REALLY doesn’t matter if you can sing or not, or if you are confident using your voice or not.  You can join in as much or as little as you feel comfortable with.  You can be totally silent or incredibly loud, and everything in between.  This is a space for women to discover/recover/enjoy their voices, in whatever way works for you.