Join us on Thursday April 14th from 7pm to 9pm to celebrate the Vancouver book launch of “Feminism FOR REAL: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism” edited by Jessica Yee.
Where: Rhizome Cafe
317 East Broadway
With a traditional opening and drumming, the evening will feature contributions from different authors and community members, as well as an audience discussion with editor Jessica Yee.
Proceeds from the evening will go to Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) More information about BWSS can be found here.
Main area is wheelchair accessible, we regret that the washroom area is not wheelchair accessible. For more information please contact Erika Shaker at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives at [email protected]
For more information about the book please click here! and here
More about Feminism FOR REAL
When feminism itself becomes its own form of oppression, what do we have to say about it? Western notions of polite discourse are not the norm for all of us, and just because we’ve got some new and hot language lately in equity-seeking movements like feminism — such as “intersectionality” — to use in our talk, it doesn’t necessarily make things change in our walk (i.e. actually being anti-racist).
Confronting the sometimes uncomfortable questions feminism has made us ask about what’s going on FOR REAL paved the many paths that brought the contributors of this book together to share their sometimes uncomfortable truths, not just about feminism, but about who they are and where they are coming from.
Against a backdrop exposing a 500+ year legacy of colonization and oppression, Feminism FOR REAL explores what has led us to the existence of “feminism”, who gets to decide what it is, and why. With stories that make the walls of academia come tumbling down, it deals head-on with the conflicts of what feminism means in theory as opposed to real life, the frustrations of trying to relate to definitions of feminism that never fit no matter how much you try to change yourself to fit them, and the anger of changing a system while being in the system yourself.
Jessica Yee is a self-described “Two Spirit multi-racial Indigenous hip hop feminist reproductive justice freedom fighter”. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network — the only organization of its kind in North America that works within the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health by and for Indigenous youth across the continent.