I’m really excited about joining the feminist movement. I run an all female theatre company so have always been passionate about opportunities for women but it wasn’t until I attended the FWSA conference at Nottingham Uni that I realised the full extent of the problem. This event combined with the actions of pussy riot in Russia made me decide to take action. I began small by challenging all sexism I encountered just in circles if friends and family. Which was hard and frustrating but there were rays of light which made it feel worth while. I then discovered a bikini car wash that was set to open near where I lived. Ex page three models doing a bikini car wash, Coming soon! If the suns out, the girls are out.
I felt like I’d suddenly stepped back in time, could this actually be? Someone wanted women to be paid to wash cars in their bikinis so men could perve on them. And not to mention there was a school across the road. What would we be having next bikini boiler fixing? Bikini café? Bikini pizza delivery? Now that just sounds weird but really what’s the difference? So I organized a protest, my first protest (cough) to ask my question, ‘What does sexism mean to you?’ at the site for the proposed Bikini Car Wash. With free cake and badges! The day before the protest my sensible brain kicked in, wait a minute I need to make a official complaint to the council, the people making this decision. So I did and it turned out lots of other people had as well, and the man had been advised not to go ahead with the car wash. And he agreed. He even took the sign down (I drove over there to check). Amazing, the community of Bulwell had conquered sexism! For now… although there’s still a hooters in the city centre…
Im constantly inspired by feminists and will be continuing the battle through creative means beginning with a piece of theatre called The Smallest Light which is currently at the Edinburgh Fringe at 5.50pm at Zoo Southside. Sitting round the table after the feminist conference with amazing women from all over the world was a very inspiring moment!
The Smallest Light was inspired by courageous protesters who risk everything for what they believe in, four women find ways to effect change in the world around them. Charting the performers attempts to stand up for what they believe in, The Smallest Light uses exciting visual storytelling to tell four explosive stories about what it is that makes us act. Find out more here