What’s The Problem With Pink?
Thursday, 21 May 2015 from 19:30 to 21:00 (BST)
How can a colour be so controversial?
When pink is used to sell toys to little girls, people say it’s a tool of social conditioning. When pink is used to indicate female-friendliness, it’s accused of being patronizing (think of Labour’s cerise battle bus). And when pink is used to flag gay-friendliness – well, that just makes things REALLY complicated.
But does pink deserve its bad press? Can it be used to embolden women? Does it have to be seen as sexist and patronizing?
The tricky question is: is it OK to appeal to “girliness” if you’re doing it to boost women’s power and confidence? If a “pink” campaign got more women into science, would that be OK? Is there really a problem with pink? Or with our attitudes to pink? Should we keep our rose-tinted specs on, or chuck them in the Patriarchy Dumper?
Jo Elvin, editor of Glamour magazine, journalist and broadcaster Miranda Sawyer, and Alexander Fury, fashion editor of The Independent, will join chair Ekow Eshun to debate the pros and cons of pink.
What's The Problem With Pink? will take place on Thursday 21st May in the beautiful chapel at The House of St Barnabas. Guests are invited to stay afterwards at the not-for-profit private members’ club to socialise in the bar and continue the discussion.
This will be the 11th event in the ongoing series, 37 Things You Need To Know About Modern Britain, which is a partnership between BUG and The House of St Barnabas, forged from a mutual desire to affect positive social change by asking provocative, open-ended questions about life as we live it today.
Talks take place in the beautiful chapel at The House of St Barnabas, a charity that helps those affected by homelessness back into lasting employment. Participants are given work placements throughout the club, enabling them to gain valuable work experience and City & Guilds awards in Hospitality and Employability.
Bug is a group of writers and thinkers, who investigate popular culture through writing, talks and reports. www.buglondon.co.uk
Our business operating model is a not-for-proﬁt and all surpluses generated by the Charity’s trading enterprise The House of St Barnabas Events Ltd Company No: 06845128 are donated directly to The House of St Barnabas charity reg no 207242. More information about our work can be found www.hosb.org.uk/our-work/.
The House of St Barnabas is a charity pledging to break the cycle of homelessness and social exclusion in London. They run a social enterprise, a not-for-profit members’ club, to help the people they support back into lasting paid work. Their Employment Academy offers accredited qualifications, on-site work experience, real job opportunities and mentoring. The House of St Barnabas are seeking to redefine the notion of a private members’ club, to challenge stereotypes around the idea of exclusivity and to create a different kind of membership. The club is a creative, socially conscious and vibrant space.
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