About FiG



“So some speak and others are silent” –

Luce Irigary, Speculum of the Other Woman

We are FiG.  We stand for Feminism in General, a new network who embrace feminists from all walks of life, with a view to discussing anything relating to women’s issues and feminism.  We aspire to be Engender’s humble younger sister group, with an interactive online forum where we would ask members to post topics of debate, as well as regular meetings in cafes and pubs around London so as to further the discussion. Eventually we hope to record and podcast these meetings for those unable to attend so they can also add to the discussion online if desired.

On our forum we will be encouraging members to submit ideas for discussion topics whereafter we will have a more official list up on this blog and facebook, so that everyone knows what will be up for discussion from week to week.

We hope that by keeping the discourse alive offline as well as online, we will be better able to engage with one another and to articulate in discussion, thereby connecting with a new generation of feminists some of whom may have only experienced feminist communities online. We want to create a better balance between active, engaged involved discussion while still encouraging people to post online in their own communities and keep the ball rolling in that vein, too.

Why are we called Feminism in General? Feminism in General means that rather than focussing on one specific concern of feminism (ie, sexual violence or the pay gap) we want to incorporate and welcome all aspects into our discussion.   This means that we will be encountering many differing and potentially opposing ideas and concepts of feminism along the way, but in our opinion this is a good thing for as long as debates remain respectful then positive discussion will progress us further in our various causes and as feminists.  One of our aims is to act as a sort of feminist mosaic for the hundreds of feminist networks and groups working separately all over the world. 

We understand that we can’t do everything, but what we can offer is to welcome all ideas and promise to put them forward for exploration in the hopes that those with different opinions can come to better understand one another and we can all grow with and support each other. We are an all inclusive feminist collective, which means we welcome trans feminists, queer feminists, male feminists, feminists of all genders, races, classes and ages.

Follow us here, at our forum, twitter, facebook group (see links in the pink strip at the bottom!), and we will have some information up about the first meeting in the coming weeks. If anyone has any contributions or pieces that they wish to see featured, send your articles, poetry, latest concerns, rants, spiels, blog posts, on anything relating to feminism specifically or in general to: feminismingeneral@gmail.com

These are highly appreciated and valued as we are still in embryonic stages and therefore need as much support and food for thought on our sites as possible!

Love, Fig

6 responses to “About FiG

  1. Hi,

    I’m writing an article about a pornography film producer director called Liselle Bailey. She’s making a series called Freshers, which will be set on a university campus. She wants to recruit active femal students to perform in the series and is encouraging them to embark on a career in the pornography industry.

    Would I be able to get your group’s thoughts on this?

    If you could provide a short comment in the next few hours that would be most helpful. What you advise young women thinking of taking part?

    Thanks,
    Jon (0161 3580347)

  2. Hi do you feature female artists on your blog?

    • Hi! This blog’s been a little inactive of late (as you may have seen from the date of the last post) but we would of course love to promote female artists on here as a part of it. Could you email some examples of work you might like to exhibit in our blog to feminismingeneral@gmail.com ? Relevance/relation to women’s issues in the work would be awesome, but not essential.

      Thanks,

      Hannah

  3. Lipstick Socialist blog features series on Political Women.
    Bernadette Hyland who blogs as lipstick socialist is exploring the lives of women who have been active in a variety of campaigns over the last forty years. Her aim is to discuss the reasons why these women became active and continue to be so.
    Bernadette says; “I am collecting womens’ stories to show the role they play in society and show younger women what we have achieved and that it is possible to make a difference. I will be featuring women from different backgrounds and experiences and asking for their message to younger women.”
    In the first post Bernadette interviewed Chris Clark, an activist in Wages for Housework, the peace movement and the Green Party.
    In her second post she profiled radical bookseller, Mandy Vere, who spoke about her political activity from the Quakers to the Pussy Riot protests.
    Future posts will include singer and activist, Claire Mooney and trade union activist Pia Feig.
    Her blog is lipsticksocialist.wordpress.com

  4. Hi FIG heads

    This sounds like a great group! Would it be possible for you to distribute the following information:

    Purple Drum is a movement of young women challenging misrepresentation and promoting equality in pop culture, and beyond! We currently have a series of workshops in London for young women aged 16-25 who wish to challenge gender inequality and media misrepresentation through art, poetry, film and policy influence.

    http://purpledrum.me/post/99577446941/come-to-our-workshops

    Many Thanks

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