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No matter how ‘safe’ we feel in the Cape Town swing scene currently, we cannot ignore this issue, especially given the ways in which sexism and rape culture are built into the normalcy of our society. While sexism is constructed around the inferiority of women, we recognise the additional possibility of violence for non-conforming genders and LGBTIQ. It is crucial that men in our scene become actively involved in building a safe scene (read: Feminism is for everybody: https://excoradfeminisms.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/bell_hooks-feminism_is_for_everybody.pdf ). Our intention is not to create a culture of paranoia, but rather a collective and proactive effort to working for a safe swing dancing scene!
Join us at our "Feminist Fika + Park Dance" event on 14 January (https://www.facebook.com/events/1691716191140112/) where we will have conversations around the issues over coffee and cake, followed by a park dance! Men and women welcome!
○ it is possible to give critical but kind feedback to someone who made you feel uncomfortable in a dance,○ everyone feels able to refuse a dance they might not wish to have, ○ women can ask men to dance, ○ anyone can request a buddy to walk with them to their car, ○ where no one fears any form of sexual assault.