Thursday, June 23, 2011


Save the Date, Paris: Ladyfest!

From Hairpin pal Olivia Singer:

I moved to Paris a year ago, following the feminist dream. I got here and there was a major lack of feminism. Not just major DSK-style stuff, not just the sexual assaults that I was subjected to within my first week here, but not being allowed to order my own food when I was at a restaurant with a guy and being stared at without any sense of shame by everyone on the metro just for wearing a skirt above my knees. It's amazing here, but it's very difficult as a woman. And the feminism I am so used to, Hairpin-ny feminism that's fun as well as fighting the cause just wasn't accessible to me, and I knew I wasn't totally crazy and on my own freaking out about that. So I found some other women here, and we organised the first ever Ladyfest Paris and now it's happening next weekend, the 2nd and 3rd of July. We have heaps of awesome music, from Riot Grrl-y Terry Poison to super-queer Tender Forever on Saturday night, and then a big party with our very own Ladyfest cocktails. Sunday is a day of discussions, workshops, art, performance, monologues, music from Gina Birch (be still, my heart) and if you are in Paris, you should come. It's €24 for the weekend (it's not-for-profit, obviously), and there's gonna be heaps of great stuff to do. Buy tickets. Come. Party. Be feminist with the rest of us. And there are drinks.

Are you in Paris, or can you get to Paris by July 2? Go to Ladyfest! (Full schedule below.)

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Why does the poster for Ladyfest have a moustache on it? Or maybe it's a bandeau top?

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@shenannies This is on the Northern Michigan Ladyfest site from 2008: "The Wig & Mustache Kick-Off Dance Party: Display your choice of gender - women as men, men as women, women at the height of 'femininity', men at the extreme of 'masculine', or anywhere in between - come in a wig, with a mustache, or sporting both - dress to impress!"


@vanillawaif Wig with a moustache, I like! Thank you.


Awww MAAAAAAN I found out about this via Twitter a couple of months back and wanted to go but I don't think I can make it up to Paris. :(


I WANT TO GO TO THERE, but unfortunately I have no money (I blame Friday bargain bins).


Good for you for making positive change! Lemons from lemonade. Even here in Toronto can't wear shorts in summer. My daughter, 11, asked me why I don't wear shorts and I said, truthfully, cos men yell comments about my legs. Her outraged response: "But that's harassment! That should be illegal!" Why, yes, but it's not.


Roadtrip to Paris! Who's in? We can split gas and driving duties.

Wait... that's not possible? I CAN'T drive from Chicago to Paris? What ocean?


@JoanTition No, we will just take a ferry. I'm in.

Erin Kincheloe@twitter

OH MAN Did you not think you had any readers in Paris? CAUSE YOU DO! But I'm leaving one DAY before then to go home to the US, terrible! Hooray for this though; it is sorely needed. Personal anecdote offering: a few days ago I wore slouchy denim shorts to work with loose, flat boots, and one of my (female!) coworkers catcalled me. Ouch.


@Erin Kincheloe@twitter
of course there are hairpinners in Paris! is it our turn to have a meet-up yet?


@novalicious yes! at ladyfest! (and then after that, but come hang out). we are having a party tonight after pride at les filles de paris, too.


You don't even know how upset I am that this isn't happening three years ago when I was living in Paris and getting screamed at by complete strangers because I wouldn't go out on a date with them. And when I was asked to fuck by some random dude standing in front of my teacher while I was on a field trip. And when men just straight up grabbed my ass while I was walking around in broad daylight. YOU HAVE NO IDEA. VIVE LES FEMMES.


So like can I show up if I'm an awl-reading dude? My wife will be at Calvi on the Rocks doing drugs with Hercules & Love Affair or whoever, and I'm gonna be bored as fuck. You gotta promise Tender Forever will do one of her quirky covers though.


@lbf course you can, tender forever > hercules. i'll promise on her behalf and then scribble it at the end of the contract before she sees it again.

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