I’ve been out and about canvassing quite a lot recently for Celine Thomas (Tunbridge Wells), Tabitha Morton (Liverpool Metro Mayor) , Harini Iyengar (Vauxhall) and soon for Sophie Walker (Shipley). It’s all new to me this time because I’m not currently standing as a candidate. Walking, listening, persuading, learning.
It hasn’t left much time for blogging.
I’m also prepping for a project which looks forward to the day when all of this is over with: The Day the Patriarchy Died which will be a scratch one-night only affair as part of the Brockley Max Festival – as luck has it, the day after the General Election. (get involved here)
As I’ve been looking into this project, I came upon this short film – the genius vision of a feminist ally and friend of mine Dr Helen Eastman of Bare Faced Greek. It’s inspired by Lysistrata – the ancient Greek heroine who famously enforces a sex strike to bring about an end to war. Originally commissioned by the V&A it’s now on You Tube.
The geek in me loves that it’s performed in Ancient Greek with English subtitles. Most of us won’t understand the words, sure, it’s through the music in the language, that you can hear the women calling us from across the centuries and cheering us on. For me, she’s telling us both that there is no time like the present and that all times are like the present – until the women change them.
Watch the film here. Thanks Helen.