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April 3, 2016 | by  | in Women's Group |
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On Tuesday I was wandering through the Student Union building, suppressing the coughing fit building inside me, when I was confronted, or rather, lightly tapped on the shoulder, by a Pro-Life club poster, advertising a meeting that day at 3.00pm. I say “lightly tapped on the shoulder” because it took me a good 15 seconds to work out what club the poster was for. Damn, when your image is already screwed by your laughable presence at clubs week, at least try to get your branding right.

So I did what any good millennial feminist would do, I took a photo of the poster and put it on Instagram. Then wrote a Facebook status. Then ate a baked oaty slice and watched the likes pour in. But I was still hungry, and the poster had advertised free pizza at the meeting… so I began forming my master plan. I would go to the meeting, hope no one recognised me as a Women’s Group exec member, eat their pizza, and get information about, like, whatever the Pro-Life club actually does. Then I started expanding my plan, and imagined organising a big group of feminists to arrive at the meeting and heroically shut it down. I was so excited I even texted my mum.

It wasn’t until another exec member noted that the meeting’s Facebook event page had a grand total of two attendees. So I figured protesting wouldn’t really have any impact, because the group is so irrelevant there isn’t much to actually have impact on. So I decided to give this one a miss, and get Krishna for lunch instead. And, I can’t say I felt let down. I was more stoked that I could save my feminist energy for some actually relevant issues.

Also – Thank you so much to all who donated last thursday as part of the Wellington Rape Crisis Annual Appeal. It was great to see so many people donating to an important cause. Appeals like this are important because we’re seeing many charities and victim support services become chronically underfunded. Heaps of businesses like The Hangar, Moon, and Vic Books, joined in and donated to the cause. The VUWSA Women’s Group, and Feminist Law Society had their bake sale which was a huge success.

 

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