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shehive meetup: MENstruate

  • Mo'Joe Coffeehouse 222 W. Michigan St. Indianapolis, IN (map)

Join us for our first gathering of the new year! We're meeting Wednesday, January 27th 7pm at Mo'Joe Coffeehouse to discuss Gloria Steinem's essay "If Men Could Menstruate". As always, this is a gender neutral, informal meeting and all are welcome. Feel free to come even if you're unable to read the essay as the conversation will be inclusive! You can find the essay online at Longform. Let us know if you can come on Facebook

A quick note from Elle Roberts, founder of the org and facilitator of this discussion:

Over the last few meetups, we've discussed a range of issues and critiqued popular feminist themes/theory. Taking a break from reading essays from Audre Lorde, I thought it fitting to read an essay from mainstream feminist icon Steinem, and critique it from multiple perspectives - including her intentional exclusion of queer and trans bodies to make her argument and reduction of femininity and womanhood to reproductive organs. The essay appears in her first book, published in the early 80s, if that provides some perspective at all (not an excuse for exclusion). I found it interesting that the framing of this essay is STILL used among mainly cis women who are feminist theorists. 

shehive isn't a perfect org by a long shot, but we are learning and unlearning together by reading and talking and sharing our lived experiences. I should have mentioned this essay is inherently transphobic in the event description when created and have updated with this note to make it clear we will discuss this fact. I apologize for the oversight and hope the conversation is as fruitful as it can be!

Earlier Event: December 19
shehive meetup: uses of the erotic
Later Event: January 31
shehive meetup: beyond lean in