Struggles of Inhabiting a Body Deemed Female in Public

For me, inhabiting a body deemed female has entailed living with an acute, persistent awareness of it in public. I have tried imagining my own invisibility in the world I traverse, by pretending to remain impervious to the unrelenting, unseemly, invasive stares of men who threaten to consume me whole: on pavements, busy streets, public transports and in the the unnamed, unremembered claustrophobic spaces I have only fleetingly occupied.  

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Stingray Sisters in Vancouver

The sisters were invited as guests of the Vancouver International Women’s Film Festival to present and talk about their film ‘ Stingray Sisters’. The film is centred around Noni, Alice and Grace Eather and their fight to protect their community and lands from experimental forms of offshore mining.

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Glass Ceiling

We stand on the shoulders of women.
Women who cracked, splintered and broke the glass ceiling.
Women who cast their heels off and attacked the patriarchy with stiletto points.

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We don’t just do music, we do all these other things, like fashion

On Saturday the 23rd of September you are invited to Livia Rita’s Brexit Wedding. Taking place at the Total Refreshment Centre, the launch of Livia Rita’s second single “Heart Tattoo” has been developed in close collaboration with East 15 Angels, Nwando Ebizie, Hannah Ringham, Brigitte Aphrodite, former hysterian Ama Josephine Budge, Rowena & Maisie, Ale Marzotto, Virgin Xtravaganza and more.

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Queer Erasure

Against Equality offers a critique that doesn’t take queerness to simply be a cultural identity, but one that exists within an economic framework.

 

 

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Telling

telling about that
            is not like coming out
but it is in small ways
when your friends laugh around the doubts...

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Your reality is broken

Running from 2-26 February 2017, the ‘Festival of Abstracted, Ritualized and Embodied Live Art’ promises to bring ‘happenings, workshops, performances, live music and films’, exploring ‘perception: altered states, visual illusions and hallucinations, dogmatic thinking…’ HYSTERIA spoke to co-curator Nwando Ebizie (http://www.nwandoebizie.com) ahead of the ritualistic Opening Ceremony.

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SHE SAID

When discussing the basis for this paper as a group we had trouble working through the problem of the ‘surface-level’ understandings of feminism, present meanings which barely skim the problems faced by many different groups of women and non-binary people today.  

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