Oct 062012

‘She’s Pretty Good For a Girl’ is a project that grew out of one of the topics discussed at the Between the Lines reading group.

It’s difficult for women at every stage of becoming a musician.  There’s not enough role models, and the female musicians who are visible are usually airbrushed and pouting on the covers of magazines and album covers,  making young girls feel that they have to sexualise themselves to get anywhere.  If they do make it in to the local music shop they can expect to be patronised by the male staff, and then when they form a band, they end up forever playing lower down the bill while male bands headline.

The purpose of this project is to highlight the amount of sexist crap the average female-identified musician has to go through, by letting them tell their own stories.  We’re still looking for musicians (of all genders) to interview, so if you’re interested, get in touch!

May 122012

The next Between the lines: an anarcha feminist reading group is happening Thursday 24th May.

Date: Thursday 24th May
Time: 7.30pm
Location: 62 Marchmont road, Edinburgh
Researcher: Vanessa
Discussion: Sexism in Language

NOTE:  bring a laptop if you’ve got one!  As part of the discussion, we’re going to explore how sexism in our language and culture has been changing over time using this online linguistic corpus (just type in any words you want and it’ll show you how often those words appeared in google’s massive collection of books since 1800).  We’ll have enough laptops there for the break-out groups to use, but the more the merrier!

Reading:  Feminist meanings and the (de)politicization of the lexicon, by Susan Ehrlich and Ruth King.

Just read from the beginning through the end of page 64.
And optionally, the next section entitled “feminist linguistic innovations”.


To join the group please email

Apr 242012

Details of next session…

Date: Thursday 10th May
Time: 7.30pm
Location: 62 Marchmont road, Edinburgh
Researcher: Arielle

1) Wendy-O-Matik’s Redefining our Relationships (Attached) Read the chapters on Why an Alternative Relationship, Intimacy, Open Relationships, Misconceptions, Life as Options, and In Summary.
2) Polyamory: Barriers to Entry, Part 2: Kitchen Table Deconstruction (A look at gender relations within heterosexual polyamory)-
3) If someone has a copy of the Ethical Slut that they can bring to the discussion we can discuss the idea of the starvation economy (or whatever else people want to discuss from that book). Ditto for the book Opening Up.
Additional, for fun:
4) Dan Savage’s Column on the Monogamish (not really a fan of his work but this column is about successful non monogamous relationships and deserves a look)–
Apr 092012

The next between the lines  meeting after the Easter break will be Thursday 19th April.
Where? 62 Marchmont road
Time: 7.30 pm
The meetings will carry on happening fortnightly (every second) Thursday.

The next topic is “Vegetarianism and feminism”, introduced by Lemor.

Readings are  the sections entitled “Virility, meat eating, and the politics of meat” and”The absent referent”, from the arcticle “Why feminist-vegan now?” by Carol J. Adams (in the journal “Feminism and Psychology” available here


Mar 112012

The next ‘Between the lines: an anarcha feminist reading group’ is happening this Thursday 15th March!

Place: 62 Marchmont road, Edinburgh

Time: 7.30-9pm

Topic: Cyborgs, Technology and Gender

Researchers: Rhi and Patrycja


The main readings are:

and Cynthia Cockburn (to obtain this reading email us at

For the cyborg enthusiasts, see Haraway (link above), but don’t worry about this one, as we will look at a couple of pages during the meeting, and decipher collectively what on earth she is talking about!

Mar 032012

Twice a month we hold a discussion about an anarcha feminist topic.  We send out an article or book chapter beforehand and people read up on the topic before coming to the discussion.

Next discussion…

When?: 1st March 2012 at 19.30pm
where?: 62 marchmont road, Edinburgh.

Topic: Are the slut walks Empowering?
Ariel Levy, Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture: read the chaper ” raunch culture”

People of all genders, colours, backgrounds and sexualities etc are welcome.  We meet in a ground floor flat so access isn’t a problem.  We are open to new topic suggestions.

For more info or to join the mailing list email us at