Femina Libera

Wolstraat 7, 2000 Antwerpen

Feminism is cool. Well-known media figures such as Beyoncé, Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence and Lena Dunham proudly label themselves a 'feminist', and young women find a suitable communication platform in social media. The battle seems to be almost over, but that freedom and equality is only a sham. Sexual and gender-related violence is still a daily reality for many women. Their movements remain hampered by wage gaps and glass ceilings, stereotyping and unattainable ideals of beauty. Sexism and other forms of discrimination seem to be structurally anchored in our society. The goal of feminism - full equality (dignity) of women and men - has not yet been achieved.

Paper offers a rewarding medium for this. Freedom is connected with reading. More and more books are cleverly anticipating the renewed demands of feminism. They investigate freedom and equality regardless of gender and other differences such as race, social class, sexual orientation and religion. "Femina Libera" is Latin for "free woman", but "liber" also means "book" in Latin. Revolution through literature. Freedom with, by and for books.

In this reading group we take a closer look at feminism. Feminism is a collective term for different waves, movements and interpretations - but what do we mean today by feminism? Where does feminism succeed and fail? How can we improve and broaden feminism? In six sessions we delve into topics such as politics and ideology, image and representation, body awareness and sexuality, relationships and career. We discuss both popular fictional works and canonical theoretical works. Each session is preceded by a brief introduction to the works in question, but the emphasis is mainly on discussion and exchange of thoughts and ideas.

Together we create awareness, we look for solutions, and we form our own opinions and ideas. About what feminism is and can mean to us. About what we are and how we define ourselves. About what we can do and mean. With the ultimate goal: freedom and finally equality.