This page provides information about some of the things that we did in 2007.
Reclaim The Night 2007
Over 1500 women of all ages and from all over the country marched to protest about the epidemic of rape and male violence against women. Report and pictures >>
LFN Christmas Party 2007
We had a Christmas party in December instead of our normal monthly meeting. As well as eating, drinking, chatting and networking, we watched Not For Sale. This short film features five survivors of prostitution, discusses prostitution as violence against women and makes a compelling case against the legalisation of the “sex industry”. For more info on the film, see the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Website.
The Purple Resistance – 23 June, 14 July, 18 August 2007
A series of protests took place over the summer to raise public awareness, attract media attention and to push the issue of rape and male violence to the top of the government agenda. Using slogans such as “rape rates up, conviction rates down”, “we demand justice for rape victims”, “end rape and male violence”, and “only 5.3 of reported rapes result in a conviction”, the protests took place in Central London with protestors wearing purple baseball caps and t-shirts to maximise impact.
For more information, visit http://purpleresistance.wordpress.com/.
I Did Not Ask For It
Inspired by the women’s dirty laundry project in India and the Clothesline Project in the USA, we started an “I Did Not Ask For It” campaign here in the UK. The idea was to provide a creative way for women to bear witness to male violence. We created an I Did Not Ask For It blogsite of images, but ultimately we wanted to make a public installation. More >>
We held our first meeting on Saturday 3 March, 2007. About 27 came and the day began with everyone introducing themselves. We then shared our thoughts and feelings about the sexualisation of society and ways we feel this has affected and damaged us and others. We touched upon some of the arguments that people use to counter an anti-porn stance. We also shared websites and blogs. It was a lovely day and we had lunch outside the cafe in the park.
After lunch representatives from SWAP – Scottish Women Against Pornography, Object and North West Feminists talked to us about their ongoing campaigns. The group then discussed action we would like to take.
We have met numerous times since then. We have shared our feelings and experiences of porn, worked on a mission statement and planned actions, including a campaign against the expansion of Playboy. We chose Playboy as the target for our first campaign because, amongst other things, we object to the way it represents itself as the acceptable face of porn, its increasing cross-over into everyday culture under the guise of ‘cute’ products, often targetted to appeal to young girls, and the continuing attempt to promote the message to girls and young women that being a playboy ‘bunny’ is to be desirable and successful.
We have held a series of demos outside the new Playboy store on Oxford Street, starting on 29 September 2007. We have been joined by a giant pro-feminist rabbit and a Hugh Hefner lookalike. We plan to keep up regular protests for the foreseeable futue.
Oxford Street is very busy and we attract a lot of attention. People stop to read our placards, take leaflets and stickers, chat, photograph the protest and give words of support. There’s more at: http://antipornfeminists.wordpress.com/.
Demo against “The Verdict” at the BBC
On Sunday 11th February, 2007 a group of women from LFN and Justice for Women staged a protest outside the BBC in White City against ‘The Verdict’, a reality TV show in which a group of celebrities made up the jury on a fictional rape trial. Instead of presenting the British public with the harsh reality of how the legal system is failing victims of rape (thecurrent conviction rate for reported rapes is at an all-time low of around 5%), the program centred around whether or not a fictitious rape victim was telling the truth – thereby perpetuating the myth that women lie about being raped (the level of false allegations is, in actual fact, no higher for rape than it is for other violent crimes).
The programme not only trivialised and sensationalised sexual violence against women, but completely sidelined rape victims and ignored their experience of a judicial system that is deeply biased against them. The protesters met with a BBC representative and lodged a formal complaint and asked the BBC to withdraw the programme.