Lots of folks argue about the current state of feminism, some believing we’re still riding on the tails of riot grrrl’s third wave, others feeling that the tide has passed and that we’re stuck in the murky realities of a post-feminist world.
As is often the case, an overview of the current political climate serves to provide a useful lens through which to understand exactly where we stand. As the GOP clamors for more and more control over reproductive rights, as Planned Parenthood faces threats to their existence as an institution that has provided aid to women for over 70 years, as sexual assault laws continue to work against the victim...well, the situation seems bleak.
To engender change, to begin to think about how we can accomplish that which seems impossible, we must start from the bottom. This means rooting out truly progressive minded individuals and creating an informed and active community. Fortunately, there are plenty of these people who live right in Boston and who are ready to take action.
A bunch of us have gathered together to effectively respond to this need for communal effort. We’re currently in the process of putting together Ladyfest Boston, a 3 day event that will take place February 3-5 of this year at the YMCA in Cambridge. Over the course of that weekend, we’ll host over 20 bands and workshops and lots more fun things. We believe that representing women in music and the arts is an essential component of feminism and hope to gather a lot of openminded individuals to join us for the event!
All proceeds go directly to the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund and to the bands.