Lashings of Ginger Beer Time – Queer Feminist Burlesque Collective at the QueerFem Praxis workshop (Sussex, 17 May)

I’m glad to announce that the Queer Feminist burlesque collective Lashings of Ginger Beer Time will be giving a workshop which will include performance and discussion at the Queer Feminist Social Media praxis workshop, on 17 May 2013. Book your place now, as spaces are limited!

Lashings of Ginger Beer Time is a diverse group of activists, writers, and performers who combine intersectional feminist analysis with high-energy performance. While some of our acts critique the patriarchal world around us through a queer-feminist lens, others are drawn from our members’ experiences of other oppressions: disability, race, trans status, and immigrant status are just a few of these. In our most recent project, ‘Alternative Sex Education’, we developed a full-length show addressing rape culture, consent, sexual diversity, and the failings of the sex education we grew up with. Following the success of ‘Alt.Sex.Ed’ at the Edinburgh Fringe, we are currently fundraising to bring our latest political panto ‘Fanny Whittington’ to Edinburgh in 2013.

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Seeing Red project at the Queer fem media praxis workshop (17 May, Sussex)

Seeing Red: Fur

I’m very happy that Anna and Johanna, the artists of the Seeing Red project, will be presenting their work at the Queer feminist social media praxis workshop (University of Sussex,  Friday 17th May). I find their images fascinating – unsettling, earthly and beautiful. And I’ve been following the blog from its very start – so I am very interested to hear them talk about the experience of maintaining a menstrual photography weblog.What they’ve prepared for the workshop sounds very intriguing:

Seeing Red is a fairly regular photography project and blog exploring menstruation. It deals with social norms, sexuality and art, and hopes to unify as well as disgust. For the workshop, we will initiate a conversation about realness and authenticity online, using our own work as a starting point. How does menstural activism translate into visual imagery, and how does it survive the squalor of the internet? For us, Seeing Red is about making visible the constant, but often hidden, experience of menstruation. It is recognising and reclaiming the visual strength and beauty in the accidental stain, the purposeful stain and the intimacy of blood.