What we're about
Feminism, Miscellaneous is a space for feminists and feminist-supporters in BC to come together and have fun! We chat, laugh, commiserate, learn, and act.
There's pretty much no subject matter or activity that is excluded from feminism, and certainly it's a busy time for feminist engagement.
We’re an intersectional group, so all comers are welcome. We meet in spaces which are accessible, have gender-neutral bathrooms and are child-friendly. And welcome everyone with any level of spoken English. The only thing you need is to come respectfully and in good faith! We have great discussions, and all contributions are valued. We work together, mindfully, to create a safe space.
So if you’re new to feminism, wondering what it’s about or have been at it for years, join us!
At the moment, we have two arms to our community:
1. Original Flavour: in this, we meet on the third Saturday of every month, with a different focus for each meeting. There’s plenty to explore! We've looked at gender and sport, gender and astronomy, and have a few ongoing 'series' including: Gender and Art, and feminist snapshots around the world. There will be suggested readings for almost all meetings, but no worries if you haven’t had the chance to read them! We always recap what they were about when we begin. And if a particular topic isn’t one you’re knowledgeable about - that’s okay! We spend time discussing the topic, and often our conversations lead us down many an interesting avenue, unconnected to the original theme.
2. Practicing Intersectional Feminism Society: still in our early stages, we are coming together to collaborate on an activism initiative. Our focus is on the community, contributing to an intersectional and equitable future. If you haven’t been to one of our activism meetings before, and are interested, come along! We’ve so far found the process empowering and inspiring, and welcome anyone interested. We have not yet decided a particular day for a regular meeting so keep an eye on the meetup schedule.
Our space is a safe one, so to reiterate, regardless of subject matter, respect is expected from all attending.
To flag, at the moment, I (Kelly, hello!) select topics for our Original Flavour meetings and source the suggested readings. While I aim for materials which are based on reliable fact, are compassionate to the subject, and/or are Own Voices where appropriate, I am aware I have bias as a cis, white, able-bodied woman having grown up in Richmond, BC. I try to be mindful of this and flag per subject matter, and am always keen for additional resources to be shared if members have recommendations! I am also aware I will at some point err. When this happens, if you feel comfortable reaching out to me to let me know, I will be open to correction, suggestions, and anything else you may want to send my way, with gratitude.
I love feedback and ideas, so if there’s anything you’d like to see here or requests for things to be done differently, feel free to drop me a line. I’m also keen to find local, affordable indie coffee shops that we can support, so if anyone has suggestions about that, do let me know.
Other than that, my inbox is always open, and I'm looking forward to meeting you!