Sex, Health & Money: Moving Beyond Taboos

Between the social media democratisation of personal stories and polarised news outlets, anything considered “taboo” can often be relegated to tabloid headlines or moved on from as instantaneously as an instagram caption. How do we get further than this and get the media to see whole people and nuance behind topics like sex, mental health and gender? Our speakers talk about these seemingly “taboo” subjects in the pursuit of storytelling that unites, rather than divides us all, seeing that we have more in common than we do apart.


Chaired by Sadhbh O’Sullivan, co-editor of Ladybeard


Panelists:


Munroe Bergdorf  – Familiar for her refreshingly honest insight into ‘white privilege’, diversity and the LGBT+ community, Model and Activist Munroe Bergdorf has proven herself as the brave and bold voice which our society needs. An icon in an age of increasing social awareness, Bergdorf uses her sizeable profile to advocate for a fairer world and to empower individuals to fight for positive change. Munroe regularly appears on national and international television news to comment on race, diversity, gender and LGBTQ+ topics and writes for publications including Grazia, i-D, them.us, Paper Magazine, The Evening Standard, The Guardian, Stylist Magazine and The Sunday Times Style. She is also the newly appointed LGBT+ editor for Dazed Beauty and will be part of this year’s OUT 100.


Harriet Williamson is a British freelance journalist. She writes about feminism, politics and mental health and has contributed to the New Statesman and The Independent


Jo Nastari is a Brazilian British actress, playwright and theatre maker based in London. Her stripper stigma-smashing play, Fuck You Pay Me, had a recent a sell-out, award-winning run at Vault Festival.



A Bloody Good Period Party

Hosted by Birdsong, Bloody Good Period, THINX & Beyond Retro


Join Bloody Good Period for a season of festive cheer. Come in your best menstrual themed dress, learn more about your cycle, sip on a a bloody good cocktail and raise money for period poverty affecting refugees. With talks and stalls from experts at patented period pant brand THINX, Bloody Good Period, author/illustrator of Period Natalie Byrne and more.


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Bloody Good Period aims to create a sustainable flow (pun intended) of menstrual protection for those who can’t afford to buy them. Menstrual supplies are not cheap, but for anyone with a period, they are, of course, an absolute necessity. Many women and people who menstruate living in poverty resort to using toilet paper, old scraps of fabric or nothing at all. Bloody Good want to take the financial burden out of the most annoying time of the month by providing supplies to those who need them. They currently supply 16 asylum seeker drop in centres based in London and Leeds.”



Another Comedy Night That Passes The Bechdel Test

Hosted by Liberty Hodes & Lauren Stone, Beyond Retro & Birdsong bring you a night of comedy from women at the forefront of feminist stand-up.


Get tickets early to avoid disappointment. Each comes with a free drink, Divine chocolate and a £5 voucher to spend in store. All profits go to supporting the women’s charities and communities groups Birdsong work with.


Featuring:


Sara Pascoe is a writer, stand-up comedian and actress. She has appeared in a number of television programmes – Campus, Live At The Apollo, QI, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week among others – as well as an all-female sketch show and her own Edinburgh show, and runs comedy club The House Of Mirth.


Kemah Bob is a stand-up comedian, writer, improviser, drag king, presenter and producer from Houston, Texas. Kemah also runs The FOC IT UPComedy Club, a monthly showcase of Femmes of Colour in comedy. Alongside stand-up Kemah also hosts UNSTABLE on Transmission Roundhouse, a radio show chronicling her navigation of mental health and adulthood. She is a regular guest on the Guilty Feminist podcast and has performed to sold-out audiences at their Live shows at The London Palladium.


Liberty Hodes is a comedian, live performance artist and Chelsea College of Art graduate making big, bright, visually bewildering work about the everyday, pop culture, soap operas, B-Movies, house-wives, sarcasm, shark attacks, hopes and dreams (forgotten).

Lauren Stone looks a bit like an owl that flew into a window, and sounds like something very sad has happened. It hasn’t. She is a stand-up comedian with a special fondness for jokes about snacks, street hassle and touch-sensitive lamps.

They have teamed up to run a comedy night.


More acts TBC.