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My Feminist Society’s first meeting

24 Apr

So on Wednesday the 17th of April we had the first meeting of my school’s new Feminist Society (TFS)! As you can imagine I was OMJ SO EXCITED about this and I was right to be.

I only had a week to advertise the new femsoc at my school and we have 1500 students not including the Sixth Form which is another 600ish so advertising stuff is a NIGHTMARE!! I was fully expecting to be sitting in a room all by myself all lunch time so I made a few of my friends promise to come along. It turned out I didn’t need to worry because 15 people turned up despite me only putting the posters up that morning.

I made a powerpoint the night before about the basics of feminism which we looked at first at the meeting. I made the powerpoint into a video for you people.

After the powerpoint we had an amazing discussion about intersectionality and talked about sexism we had experienced and how it was wrong. There were lots of great ideas and IT WAS JUST SO FUN! A girl in the Sixth Form and I got a bit over excited and started shouting A LOT! It was amazing to talk to people in real life about feminism and get into proper discussions. I was really inpressed that everyone understood and kept up as well because most of them were not feminists before this meeting and about half were 13 years old or younger.

After the meeting I was just so happy, it was a great relief that it went well. When I got home from I looked on my twitter and discovered one of the Year 8’s (12-13) had written a blog post about the meeting which was super sweet and I have spent the last week “AAWWWWW”ing about it (here it is http://thestyledummy.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/twitter-youth-feminist-army-woooo/).

We had the next meeting today which was also a success. Here is the powerpoint from today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUBcACsSIhI. As a result of todays meeting we MIGHT start a society blog but I will keep you updated.

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Creativity Week: Kat

14 Mar

I think today’s guest is Kat. Kat makes short films and we are very grateful that she has given us “30 Second To Impact” to show you today. As with most of our guests this week, I know nothing about films but this is really cool and I hope you think so as well.

Hey, I’m Kat, I’m 14 years old. I’ve always had a passion for film, and I’ve discovered it to be a great way to express myself, as that is a task which I’ve always found hard, even though all my films aren’t real, they all link to one aspect of me. I hope you enjoy 🙂

It would be great if you gals could comment on these posts, your opinions and maybe some suggestion or submitions (for another creativity week or for another themed week altogether!). If you want to get in contact with us or any of our lovely creative guests then email Jellypop at jelly.pop@live.co.uk or for more contact information go to the Contact Us page.

Creativity Week: Eloise

13 Mar

Hello! This is Lilipop and today I would like to introduce you to the amazing Eloise who, today, is showing us some of the fantastic thisngs she makes.

I’m Eloise and I’m 15. I absolutely love fashion and I think its a great platform to express your personality and individuality. I started making things from about age 10 after my Nan bought me a sewing machine for Christmas one year, I love customising old pieces of clothing and turning them into something completely new. I’d love to go into fashion as a career so I thought that trying to start up a small scale fashion business would be a good idea, and I enjoy making the t-shirts too! Because each t-shirt is completely unique you never have to worry about turning up in the same outfit as anyone else!

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It would be great if you gals could comment on these posts, your opinions and maybe some suggestion or submitions (for another creativity week or for another themed week altogether!). If you want to get in contact with us or any of our lovely creative guests then email Jellypop at jelly.pop@live.co.uk or for more contact information go to the Contact Us page. Eloise’s clothing business, Stomp on the Moon, can be contacted at stomponthemoonclothing@hotmail.co.uk.

Creativity Week: Micky

12 Mar

Today our guest is Micky! Micky (A.K.A LeXachima on YouTube) makes some amazing music videos which she publishes on YouTube. She has very kindly agreed to share them with us so check her out and subscribe to her channel if you have a YouTube account!

Hey, my name is Micky (Michaela) and I am 15 years old! I love metal and rock music and spend most of my time playing my guitar, videogames or making videos. I have been making videos for a long time but only recently just started putting them online. Most of the videos I create will feature my brother and sister or friends and family of mine. They usually all have a deeper message and hidden meanings because I like to express my innermost thoughts through these videos :3 Also I love Amy Lee and not Mia.

It would be great if you gals could comment on these posts, your opinions and maybe some suggestion or submitions (for another creativity week or for another themed week altogether!). If you want to get in contact with us or any of our lovely creative guests then email Jellypop at jelly.pop@live.co.uk or for more contact information go to the Contact Us page.

Creativity Week: Milly Castle

11 Mar

Hi, this is Lilipop. Today’s type of creativity is poetry. Milly Castle has kindly let us show you some of her amazing peotry. I don’t know a lot about poetry but I know this is beyond brilliant. Before you read the poetry, let me introduce you to Milly.

My name is Milly Castle and I am 15 years old. I have written poetry since the age of 7, and have won many competitions where my poetry has been published in books sold nationwide. My poetry really took off at the age of 12 after my mother passed away as I found a stimulus to base my poetry on. Hence, my inspiration for all my poetry nowadays is feelings about grief, and what I think those that have departed from us would like to say. To me poetry is easy to write ,and is a way of expressing the emotions you find difficult to speak of verbally. Within a poem you can say anything you like and will not be judged, for poetry is a form of art that stems from the poets experiences.

DEPARTURE
The brightest star in the sky,
belongs to those that had to fly.
Fly beyond the world we see,
departing from you and me.
Letting go of those they love,
and watching over from above.
Keeping as memories in our heads,
for in our hearts they are not dead.

ALIVE

Do not treat me as if im dead
For I am a memory in your head
I am the sparkle in your eye
I am the wind that blows on by
I am the stars seen at night
I am the sun that brings you light
I am the snowflake in the tree
I am your angel and always will be
So do not treat me as if im dead
For I am a memory forever in your head

It would be great if you gals could comment on this post, your opinions and maybe some suggestion or submitions (for another creativity week or for another themed week altogether!). If you want to get in contact with us or any of our lovely creative guests then email Jellypop at jelly.pop@live.co.uk or for more contact information go to the Contact Us page

Freak and Proud

21 Jan

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Hi this is Lilipop,

Sometimes at school you don’t always concentrate when you should be. I collected some of the post-it notes (I couldn’t live without them) from one Maths lesson to show you what kind of crazy stuff teenage girls talk about (I know you’ve always wondered). There are five “characters” here  – Ruby, Chloe, Semira, Jessica and of course myself (although I do not say much). I have put them in an order to make it into a kind of weird, maths lesson zine type thing which I have called “Freak and Proud”.

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Ah now in this one we meet our characters (apart from Jessica who is Very Grumpy and refuses to participate unless it is to be Grumpy)

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On this post it everyone has made their own pretend names.

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I hope you have liked this, it seemed like a good idea at the time!

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WTF is TYFA?

10 Dec
Hi! Lilipop here!
 
The Twitter Youth Feminist Army is a network of young people who met thought Twitter and support each other in their journey to feminism. The TYFA has many members (and will hopefully have many more in future) who have interests in all areas of feminism, different political and religious views, currently ranges in age from 14-27 and has members all over Great Britain!
 
To me it is a life line to like minded people, who share my views and values. It is an intersectional feminist group who are inclusive to all, regardless of age, religion or ethnicity. It is a place to learn and to teach, to share and to experience. Most importantly, the TYFA shows people that feminism is far from dead and show a different type of feminist that is so often stereotyped. I think I may currently be the second youngest member of the Twitter Youth Feminist Army and I have found each and every person I have met through the group a supportive and I know I will be an active and supportive member for many years to come!
 
We has all been feminist for different lengths of time: years, months or decades but will always need help and support from our fellow feminists. Emily feels she has always been a feminist but only just started identifying as a feminist. “I’ve not called myself a feminist all my life (though I’d like to claim it was my first ever word). I’ve identified as a feminist for around a year I’d say”.  Millie, however,  has always identified as a feminist. “I’ve been brought up with feminism my entire life, with my mum and dad both identifying as feminists.”
 
There has been talk of feminism being dead or dying recently, however we aim to prove them wrong with a new generation of feminists! We all became (or started identifying as) feminists for different reasons, showing there is still a great need for feminism and our struggle is not over. Some of us have drifted or stumbled into feminism, such as Jemma , who says that “I sort of stumbled, very fortunately and quite by accident, upon this group of angry, passionate, brilliant people”. For some of us it was triggered suddenly as for Laura who says that when her mother “was diagnosed with a terminal illness. I became very angry with everything, but particularly with the injustices of the world”. For some, they have always been a feminist but something has made them particularly passionate like Millie “My mum showed me a website called Uni Lad…I was absolutely horrified at how sexist and vicious this site was towards women” or for Jess D it has been a constant undertone of sexism “I have constantly been subject to vast amounts of street harassment and other forms of casual sexism”.
 
Although there are young feminists, it is very hard to find them sometimes. Me and Jess C know each other in person – in fact it was Jess C who made me aware of feminism –  but apart from that, I know no other young feminists in real life and not from the Internet. Most members of the Twitter Youth Feminist Army are in a similar situation. Some of us have one or two feminist friends in real life but I don’t think any of us have a strong network of other young feminist not on the Internet. Cat has had a down right negative response to her feminism from her peers, saying that “Most of my friends are disinterested in feminism, however some are decidedly disinterested and intimidated by feminism. My friends I attend college with, for example, usually meet my comments on feminism with ‘Don’t burst my BUBBLE!’ and ‘I don’t care.’ along with a chorus of dismay from the rest of the class.”. Tilly is in much the same position as me”I had never really met anyone who was an open, active, passionate feminist. I still don’t know all that many in person.”. Luckily, some of our members, in particular the older members, do have lots of feminist friends and the Twitter Youth Feminist Army is just a one more way of meeting other feminists “Most of the people I’m close to are also feminists,” says Jess D.
 
This is why the Twitter Youth Feminist Army is so important for our members. It helps you connect to people who support you and your ideas, to meet people who are interested in things you are interested it, to discuss and learn and develop interests in feminist issues such as unequal pay and cuts to women’s services. Tilly said “It makes being a feminist a lot easier and a lot more fun…especially as a young person. That is why I find the Twitter Youth Feminist Army so inspiring…It fills me with hope for the future”. Laura said that “The Twitter Youth Feminist Army made me feel like I was not completely mad”. Millie says that “Being able to have the discussions and make the points that I’ve been aching to make for so long has boosted my confidence in not only my own voice, but the voice of our generation and generations of feminist women and men to come”. Jemma said “Being able to connect with someone who was at the same point in their life as me and had had similar experiences… really encouraged me to go out and talk to people and get involved” and finally Jess D who said “Meeting other young feminists, through TYFA as well as various other channels, has helped massively in my journey, because it has clarified my position that feminism is alive and well and still important and relevant to women of all ages”.
 
I would like to end with a quote from an older feminist who is not in the Twitter Youth Feminist Army. “It’s kind of like reading about a tube of smarties exploding via Twitter”.
 

This post about the Twitter Youth Feminist Army has had lots of input from 11 member who have all worked very hard in putting this together and they are: Jelly (Jess C), Cat, Tilly, Emily, Jemma, Jess D, Laura, Alice and Millie.

 
This blog was writen for a bloghop hosted by The Real SGM for the 16 days of activism on violence against women and girls (http://therealsgm.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/16-days-of-action-on-violence-against.html)
For more information about the Twitter Youth Feminist Army then there are contact details on the Contact Us page, including our hashtag (#TwitterYouthFeministArmy). Some members of the Twitter Youth Feminist Army have their own blogs and you can find them of the Twitter Youth Feminist Army page of this blog.