We held our first public event, in collaboration with the London Feminist Network Book Group, in September 2019. We are hoping to hold more public events over the coming years – and where possible in collaboration with other groups. If you would like to collaborate with us to organise an event, please get in touch.
We are committed to setting the ticket price for our events at the very minimum that is possible to cover the costs, and we attempt to provide free tickets on request for those who otherwise could not come.
This page provides a summary of our planned and past public events, with links to the Eventbrite page. For the past events, wherever possible we provide links to the talks.
Watch this space!
Webinar Sunday 27 September 2020
The Experience of Prostitution
Many people pontificate about “sex work” and the idea that it is just a job, not much different from any other, and these are increasingly common themes in the mainstream media. But is this true? Is being involved in prostitution really the same as waitressing? What about its impact on wider society?
In this webinar women who have lived prostitution, have extensive experience of working with women involved in it, and who see the impact of the infamous red-light zone in Holbeck, Leeds on their local community attempt to answer these questions.
Webinar Sunday 6 September 2020
What’s wrong with surrogacy? And should we be worried about the Law Commission’s proposals for commercial-style surrogacy in the UK?
There have been many stories in the media lately about surrogacy, the majority presenting a very rosy picture. In this webinar we balanced that lop-sided view with a feminist analysis and a look at the risks and abuses that can be involved. We also provided a brief overview of the proposals the UK Law Commission put forward in its public consultation last year and considered what they might mean for women and children.
Webinar Sunday 14 June 2020
Porn, Prostitution and Violence against Women – Campaigning for better outcomes for women
In recent times, demands for the legalisation (or full decriminalisation) of prostitution have centred on a quasi-feminist argument that women have a right to earn a living selling sex if they so choose.
In this webinar we looked at the social and historical context to show how the options available to women are systematically controlled against women’s interests. There were two presentations followed by questions and discussion of what we can do to address this.
Lilly gave us a historical overview of prostitution and pornography and the position of women based on the work of, amongst others: Gerda Lerner, Marilyn French, Sylvia Federici and Andrea Dworkin.
Esther has a longstanding interest in research on legal and public policy approaches to sexualised violence and domestic abuse. She used her own experience of porn and prostitution to reflect on these issues. Her talk looked at consent issues, the global reach of depictions of sexualised violence and what this means for women and girls.
- Lilly’s talk (recording): Prostitution and pornography: Have they always existed?
- Lilly’s talk (text): Prostitution and pornography: A historical view
- Esther’s talk (recording): The Colonisation of Intimate Life
- Esther’s talk (text): The Colonisation of Intimate Life
- Eventbrite page (for more information)
Saturday 29 February 2020
Can humanity survive without empathy? How the sex trade harms us all and how we can resist.
This event was a collaboration between Nordic Model Now! and Men at Work.
17 September 2019
Prostitution: What are the problems and how do we solve them?
This event was a collaboration between Nordic Model Now! and the London Feminist Network Book Group.