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First, if you get the chance to go to an in-person event, do it! It will help you practice being brave. You don't have to speak, you can just show your support by holding a sign or just clapping.

Let Women Speak/Speakers Corner event on Saturday was in Jacksonville Beach. It was a small group, and honestly that was great. It was totally safe. At most we got dirty looks or thumbs-down signs. But most people are supportive, or just confused. There was a chance to talk with people in a calm environment, and hand out written material about "terfs."

Small groups are great because everyone who wanted to speak got a chance to speak, including a woman who just walked up from the street. You can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_BFKYIVDgY

One thing that struck me about this group is how young most women were. We get accused of being dinosaurs or out-of-touch old ladies, but that was 100% not the case here. Everyone was so young and...cool, haha.

Well, those are my observations for what they are worth. It was a good experience and I am glad I made the effort to go.

Again, I encourage you to go to any kind of event near you, so you can enjoy your right to speak and your right to assemble, support other women, and practice building some courage. Don't be discouraged by the violence at big events, like Brighton. There are lots of small, safe, IRL things going on.

All you women stay strong out there!

First, if you get the chance to go to an in-person event, do it! It will help you practice being brave. You don't have to speak, you can just show your support by holding a sign or just clapping. Let Women Speak/Speakers Corner event on Saturday was in Jacksonville Beach. It was a small group, and honestly that was great. It was totally safe. At most we got dirty looks or thumbs-down signs. But most people are supportive, or just confused. There was a chance to talk with people in a calm environment, and hand out written material about "terfs." Small groups are great because everyone who wanted to speak got a chance to speak, including a woman who just walked up from the street. You can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_BFKYIVDgY One thing that struck me about this group is how young most women were. We get accused of being dinosaurs or out-of-touch old ladies, but that was 100% not the case here. Everyone was so young and...cool, haha. Well, those are my observations for what they are worth. It was a good experience and I am glad I made the effort to go. Again, I encourage you to go to any kind of event near you, so you can enjoy your right to speak and your right to assemble, support other women, and practice building some courage. Don't be discouraged by the violence at big events, like Brighton. There are lots of small, safe, IRL things going on. All you women stay strong out there!

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VeggieAnnie, so glad you are standing up and being counted! :-)

Thank you! Let me tell you something funny--a couple of friends were like "aren't you worried about potential violence?" but I was more worried about finding parking in Jacksonville! I am not a big city-type. I was anxious I was going to drive all the way out there, not be able to find parking, and have to drive all the way home, haha. MAKING myself drive into a city was actually the part I had to be brave about, hahaha.

Oh my, that would probably be me--I am always 20x more concerned about navigating parking in a city than anything else! Good on you for making it happen!

TY! Good to hear I'm not alone with that first world problem. Parking is so stressful! And I have been ticketed and towed, haha

Omg I saw that!!! I was at the Fin Fest and was wondering what was going on!! Amazing.

Girl, you should have come over! You are like RIGHT THERE, haha. That's funny.

I should have! I was with a pretty big group i was spending the day with, but I would love to know about further events! Made me so happy.

I found out from twitter. If you don't do twitter, DM me for the email address of the woman who organized it.

Is there a website that lists events? If they ever come to the Los Angeles area, I will try to work up the courage to attend. I know things got physical during the Wi Spa incident, so I understand women may be weary to attend but I would love to meet some local Radfems.

I happen to see this one on Twitter. If you are not on Twitter, I would suggest being consisent in checking this page, WoLF, WDI, etc. Unfortunately, no One Stop Shop I don't think. I know I'm the only person who posted this event to Ovarit after I saw it on Twitter, for example.

I follow WoLF, but what is WDI?

Women's Declaration International, and there are chapters for specific countries, like WDIUSA. They host a lot of seminars and debates on YouTube, and they send out an email newsletter you can sign up for. Here's their mainpage: https://womensdeclarationusa.com/

Amazing! Thanks for sharing your experience. I started watch the video and will finish after work.