London’s ‘feminist go-go girls’

Truly.  Or at least that’s how the Guardian describes them.  A leading group, the Actionettes:

So why are they are feminist?  Because

Many of these groups have an overtly feminist ethos. The Actionettes only dance and accompany all-female acts (although they would make an exception for Elvis); often the events at which they and other groups perform are hosted by women DJs. They aim to be as friendly and unintimidating as possible, never to be aspirational, or perfect. “We wanted to do something purely for the love of dancing, music and dressing up, but we wanted it to be girl-based,” says Sarah Todd. “It’s a bit like being grown-up girls – we do the sort of dance routines little girls do in the playground.”

As well as the sisterly vibe, there is a pleasing innocence to these groups. It’s a subversion of the usual go-go style where identical girls would cavort suggestively, with a male audience firmly in mind. “We are not the sort of girls you would see in a men’s magazine with giant boobs and pin-up figures,” says Ilona Jasiewicz, AKA Miss Luncheonette of the Actionettes. “It is not titillating. It’s not done for men to look at you and think, ‘Cor’ … Any woman could see us and think, ‘I could do that.’ There is no one who would be ruled out for being too tall, too fat or too skinny.”

Well, it is a change to see feminists characterized as aiming to be as friendly and unintimidating as possible.

3 thoughts on “London’s ‘feminist go-go girls’

  1. There might be some way to use this phenomenon to solve some problems together:
    – dearth of feminist work on the web
    – the health consequences of a sedentary professorial life
    – the need for interesting class room material that engages students
    – the lack of funding for scholarly work

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