And as Audre Lorde writes, it’s not about watering down our grievances or making them palatable, but realising that anger “focused with precision…can become a powerful source of energy serving progress and change.” Art: Betye Saar!She’s an incredible African-American visual artist who uses collage and assemblage to explore racial stereotypes, ancestral connectedness, ritual objects, nostalgia and personal and collective memory I started coming to Forum in second year and was completely inspired and impressed by the radical space that had been nurtured by the CUSU Women’s Officer and the Wom Cam committee.It’s imperative that it’s an intersectional practice, which must take into account the differences in our experiences and ensure that the most marginalised voices are not drowned out, but amplified.It’s about contextualising ourselves within historical global struggles for liberation while having the flexibility to react to the demands of the present.
Reflecting on privilege and your own position in an oppressive system involves genuine effort and introspection.
As women’s officer I’m part of a legacy of women who have created, nurtured and maintained a space for themselves in an institution that was not made for them.
In my first year, the women’s campaign was a space for activists to come together and struggle, rant, share solidarity and be comforted by one another.
As such, to me, feminism and feminist work means having the language to interpret, criticize, and consequently combat the discriminations you face as a woman.
Blythe Baird – Spoken-word poet whose poetry examines the world through the lens of intersectional feminism, and delves into topics like eating disorders, rape culture, and being a part of the lgbtq community I’ve spent two years as part of FLY, Cambridge’s network for women and non-binary people of colour, and ran the blog and zine for the group in my second year.
I wanted to actively contribute to sustaining and expanding the Women’s Campaign, but I’m also interested in the ways in which student and local activism can help to dismantle oppression that occurs on a global scale.