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Beyond judgment: The "bad" feminist's guide to being a better woman

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Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT)

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This International Women's Day, follow in the footsteps of feminist heroines as our all-star lineup shows you how to break the rules, boss your career, be a better ally and more...

As feminists, we're well practised in the art of being too hard on ourselves: from giving into our worst impulses to not knowing enough about women's history. We all make choices that at times seem at odds with our feminist ideals, and it's easy to feel we're not making the grade as strong allies to our marginalised peers.

Every "bad feminist" is a work-in-progress, so shed the guilt and step into an inclusive day of talks and workshops that will equip you with genuinely useful knowledge and skills that will make a difference in your life - and your sisters'. We'll cover all bases - including learning feminist history, how to make peace with what your body looks like so you can realise what it's capable of achieving, how to come across as confident at work without feeling inauthentic, and more.

Through guided discussions and practical activities, you will move beyond feeling like you're not ticking "exemplary feminist" boxes, and start tackling the stuff that really matters to your growth, such as combatting your inner critic, trusting your creativity and empowering your self-expression.

Nobody's perfect, so come along to this fun and insightful day of masterclasses - and gain the confidence, tools and sense of joy to improve your health, relationships and career.

Course content

  • Historian and lecturer at King's College London Dr Hannah Dawson will take you on a whistle-stop tour of the four waves of feminism, exploring key topics such as the construction of gender, white privilege, the difference between flirting and harassing and how we can shake free of the stereotypes that shackle us all.
  • How do you combat workplace or public speaking nerves? Comedian and actress Maddy Anholt believes that you have the creativity within you to change your lives – and she will show you the importance of trusting your instinct, tricking your body into thinking you’re more confident than you feel, and how to combat your inner critical voice.
  • Writer, broadcaster and sex educator Alix Fox will be leading a sex and intimacy workshop, discussing how we can have a healthier relationship with our bodies and sexual happiness, start more open and productive conversations about sex with our partners, and tackle some of the complexities around issues such consent in a post-#metoo world.
  • With Bola Sol, you will be taken through a personal finance workshop which will cover how we can manage our finances more successfully (including having difficult conversations about money), how to budget, and how to make more considered financial choices.
  • We will soon be announcing the rest of our incredible lineup.

Tutor profiles

Hannah Dawson is a historian of ideas and a lecturer in the history of political thought at King’s College London. She received her PhD in history from the University of Cambridge and is the author of Life Lessons from Hobbes. Hannah contributes frequently to live and broadcast media, including BBC4, BBC Radio 4, TEDx and Guardian Live, and writes for publications such as the Times Literary Supplement (TLS) and Prospect. She tweets @DrHannahDawson.

 Maddy Anholt is a comedian, actress and writer. She has appeared in sitcoms for BBC Three and BBC One, on ITV and Channel 4. She’s had four sell-out solo comedies at Underbelly, Gilded Balloon, Latitude Festival Main Stage and the Soho Theatre. Maddy also wrote and starred in her own comedy for BBC Radio 4 and has amassed over seven million views online for her sketches. Her new solo comedy hour How to Train Your Psychopath is touring the UK in 2020 and will be playing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2020. She tweets @maddy_anholt.

Alix Fox is a multi award-winning writer, broadcaster and “decently indecent” sex educator. She co-hosts BBC Radio 1 show Unexpected Fluids, in which comedic “real life tales of sexual fails” are used as a springboard for frank, constructive conversations. On Netflix, she’s a script consultant for hit series Sex Education, while on The Modern Mann podcast, she fronts an X-rated agony aunt segment, answering over 100 of listeners’ most intimate queries in The Foxhole. She has also presented the Guardian’s sex series, Close Encounters. She is an ambassador for both Brook young people’s sexual wellbeing charity and menstruation education foundation Bloody Good Period, and was a face of HIV Testing Week. She is scheduled to reappear as a fetish and pleasure expert on Channel 4’s The Sex Clinic. Alix is currently working on an audio documentary series about the history and politics of kink for Audible, while as a former editor on alternative culture mag Bizarre, her writing can be found in publications including the Guardian, Stylist, Grazia, Glamour, Cosmo, Vogue, Time Out and more, and she’s made videos and shows for commercial clients including Bodyform, EllaOne and Durex. Alix was honoured in the Women of the Future Awards 2017 for her work disseminating sexually progressive information in the media. She tweets @AlixFox.

Bola Sol is a Mathematics and Finance BSc graduate who found passion in women coming together to discuss money matters. She created the platform Refined Currency in 2015, and has interviewed the likes of Leomie Anderson and Kate Thornton. Bola has weekly chats on social media about money and has been featured on the BBC, and in the Telegraph, BET, Stylist Magazine and Refinery29. Through one conversation at a time, she wants to help build more financial confidence in everyone. She tweets @Bola_Sol.

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Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT)


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