Walking into the FemSoc’s first discussion I was filled with a mix of excitement and nerves. On the one hand I was looking forward to debating and learning about an essential issue in today’s politics. However, I was also feeling dubious as to what the society would actually be like. But FemSoc is a group made up of cool and laid back people all interested in the same issue.
It is a ‘safe space’ where anything can be discussed and no discrimination is present. ‘Feminism 101’ turned out to be a meeting to get to grips with the details and definitions of feminism and all connected issues. Safiya and the other committee members made everyone feel welcome and engaged us all with their obvious friendship and interest.
"We thought about our reaction to Emma Watson’s ‘HeForShe’ campaign and whether it was a strike of brilliance or stupidity."
We also discussed pop culture and the media. We thought about our reaction to Emma Watson’s ‘HeForShe’ campaign and whether it was a strike of brilliance or stupidity. The recent Sisters Uncut storm of the London premiere of ‘Suffragette’ was focused on in great detail. The thing is Feminism is wildly topical! Anything from my English set text of Jane Eyre or the pop Queen Beyoncé rave about it!
The society has so many different aspects which are available to all. There are socials every other week for example an upcoming event is the ‘FemSoc Halloween Pyjama Party’. The feminist society also has a great emphasis on self-care and body positivity.
The FemSoc society is fun, wacky and all encompassing. It is a place where you can go and really talk and learn without any scruples or judgement.
20 minutes society:
What’s not appealing about the 20 Minute Society? If you’re into spontaneity, but don’t feel you can handle commitment every single night, this society is the one for you. With socials at least once a month, members that are all up for having a laugh and an extremely discounted holiday every year, the £6 membership fee for the entire year just makes the 20 Minute Society that much better. The only catch is you only have 20 minutes to get to the social! Past socials have included ice skating, battlezone lazer, ghost tours and bar crawls, and with over 500 students being part of the society, there’s always a great turnout. The society will email you within the week of the social letting you know which day it’s going to be on (so at least you have some idea of when to keep free in your diary), and then simply send a text out on the day of the social letting you know what is it and where to be. The total surprise about what you’re going to be doing is all part of the fun.
"Past socials have included ice skating, battlezone lazer, ghost tours and bar crawls, and with over 500 students being part of the society, there’s always a great turnout"
Furthermore, past 20 Minute holiday destinations have included Dublin, Barcelona, Bruges and Cologne, and all the prices are heavily discounted by the society (at least 50% of the total holiday price, if not more!). The society doesn’t tell you where your holiday destination is going to be until you get to the airport either, keeping you in suspense that much longer!
So, if you’re up for a bit of fun, this is definitely the society to join.