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The Power of Feminist Writing in the Midst of a Patriarchal Backlash

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In recent years, it has become apparent that the feminist movement has become infiltrated by the very forces it seeks to dismantle. From the pimp lobby, to narratives of individual choice, the way capitalism tries to sell women’s empowerment for profit to the queer theory takeover of women’s studies in academia, feminism is currently in the midst of a patriarchal backlash which is doing untold damage to many of the advances women took for granted. In the face of such a daunting challenge, there is a global feminist revolt resisting and pushing back; from radical feminists in South Korea fighting sexual objectification, the uprising against sex self-identification legislation in the United Kingdom, the fight against the femicide epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean and much more.

Renowned feminist authors Beatrix Campbell, Minna Salami, Jeni Harvey, Victoria Smith, Sarah Ditum and our very own Raquel Rosario Sánchez will address the powerful role that feminist writing plays not only to push back against patriarchal intrusion into feminism but to galvanise us all towards the collective liberation of all women and girls, worldwide.

Beatrix Campbell (OBE for services to Equality), is a provocative and influential feminist writer, social commentator and political activist. She was the founder of Marxist and feminist journal Red Rag and has written multiple books, including: Goliath: Britain's Dangerous Places (1993), Agreement: The State, Conflict and Change in Northern Ireland (2008) and End of Equality (2014).

Minna Salami is a writer and lecturer, and the founder of the award-winning blog, MsAfropolitan, which connects feminism with critical reflections on contemporary culture from an Africa-centred perspective. She is a contributor to The Guardian, CNN and BBC, as well as a speaker for the EU and the UN. Her debut book, Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Interpretation, is forthcoming in 2020.

Sarah Ditum is a columnist and feature feminist writer. Her work has appeared in the New Statesman, The Guardian, The Spectator, The Independent, Eurogamer, Stylist, Grazia, Elle and more. She appears regularly on TV and radio, including Newsnight and Today.

Jeni Harvey is a feminist writer from South Wales. The author of Sex, Gender and Women’s Rights (2018), her work has also appeared in Huffington Post UK, Feminist Current and Medium.

Victoria Smith is a writer, editor and mother of three based in Cheltenham. She writes on feminism, motherhood and mental health issues, most frequently for the New Statesman and the Independent.

Raquel Rosario Sánchez is a regular contributor for Dominican newspaper El Caribe and Spanish platform Tribuna Feminista. Her work has appeared in La Réplica, El Grillo, La Que Arde, Locas del Coño and La Marea. She is currently pursuing a PhD with the Centre for Gender and Violence Research at the University of Bristol.

Doors open at 18:30 for 19:00 start; speeches followed by an audience Q and A. If you have trouble affording our tickets, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. We would be grateful for any donations to help us cover the costs of this event.

About Women Talk Back! Feminist Student Society

Women Talk Back!, the Feminist Student Society at the University of Bristol, provides a space for women to engage in lively discussion and debate. We are in pursuit of global liberation from all forms of patriarchy. We therefore centre all women who experience misogyny, but who may also face racism, anti-lesbianism, classism and other forms of structural discrimination that arise from male domination. Women Talk Back! are committed to the power of sisterhood and believe that it is only through an understanding of our similarities and differences that we can liberate ourselves from patriarchy. We believe that dialogue with each other is the first step towards liberation from oppressive structures and practices. We welcome women from all backgrounds to join and take part in all aspects of the group. We aim to foster a culture of collective responsibility, care, and honesty with ourselves and one another.

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