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The second Feminist Open Forum took place in the Central Hotel last night. Not only was it a really interesting night, with loads of great ideas, but the Anti-Room got a shout-out from one of the attendees! (I think it was Fiona – thanks, Fiona!) The date of the next meeting hasn’t been set yet, but you can join the mailing list at the new FOF site.
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I have loads of unfinished posts on everything from the Twilight phenomenon to stupid objections to gay marriage that I will finally get round to finishing as soon as possible, but in the meantime here’s a reminder that the second Feminist Open Forum meeting takes place on Thursday evening, December 4th, at 7.30 in the Central Hotel, Dublin.

Oh, and if you need cheering up on this icy December day just watch these highlights of the South Park episode The Startling. And just wait for the arrival of the killer bees! I’ve seen the whole episode, and the invasion of the “furry death” was already hilarious, but the arrival of the other invaders turned this episode into pretty much the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. I was actually crying with laughter by the end (you can find the whole episode online too, if you hunt around).

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Angry about the government’s decision to abandon (for the time being, at least) the cervical cancer vaccination programme? Me too. Luckily, the ladies of the Feminist Open Forum are organising a demonstration against it tomorrow. If you want to take part, meet at the Spire in O’Connell Street at two tomorrow, Saturday the 15th of November.

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The first Feminist Open Forum takes place in Wynn’s Hotel on Abbey Street tomorrow (Thursday the 30th) at 7.30, with speakers including Ivana Bacik. And if you need a reminder why such things are still necessary, read Fiona‘s excellent piece in Saturday’s Times. A few years ago some of my friends and I wanted to start a feminist action group (we were going to call it Feminist Mafia, because we were so amused/infuriated by the claims by John Waters, Kevin Myers et al that some sort of “feminist mafia” was running the country) but we (or at least I) was too disorganised, so I am very impressed by this. I would love to go to the meeting, but sadly I have a prior engagement (a prior engagement so awesome that it can’t be broken), so I’ll have to wait until the next one.

There’s something kind of brilliant about this meeting taking place in Wynn’s, which for years was the traditional location of the organisation of the arranged marriages we now try and pretend weren’t standard practice in this country. Yes, Wynn’s was where young girls were taken to meet the friends of their fathers to whom they would subsequently be married. Romance, Irish style…

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