As we gathered for the rally on King Charles Street at the end of the march I was imagining what if Topshop ever did tryhardtrend protest chic with a pack including whistle, DIY sign, loudspeaker and facepaint :/ I was appalled when I saw evil V*ce’s utterly ridiculous ‘riot grrrls’ fashion shoot at the student demonstrations last year (and I definitely I won’t link to it here). Some things are just too precious to just be labelled ‘cool’ and packaged up as a trend in a crappy magazine. So even if everyone looked rather nice at yesterday’s march, there was a serious point being very well made by a lot of chanty, passionate attendees and an inspiring lineup of speakers invited along by the Fawcett Society.
The extremely cute and funny Josie Long came straight from her 6Music show to chat about why she’s a feminist and made everyone laugh, the occasionally disagreeable-in-print journalist Tanya Gold shouted us into cheering for her (she was very good!) and Chitra Nagarajan representing the Southall Black Sisters reminded everyone that ‘the only people these protests intimidate are the government’.
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*This is how one of the speakers addressed us yesterday – it made Anna and I very happy.
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