We told you last November about the East London Fawcett Society’s project Heartbreak Launderette which started as an art exhibition in a Bethnal Green launderette of women’s reactions to break ups. It has since developed into a full blown campaign looking into the double standards of the media when it comes to women, celebrity break-up culture and why so often women are subjected to being shamed for what goes on in their personal lives. Not only have they been thinking about the way this affects society as a whole, but they’ve been focusing on its impact on young people.
After a great panel discussion in January about the representation of celebrity break up culture in the media with key speakers from the press including the online editor of Stylist and Emerald Street Anna Fielding, the co-founders of Vagenda and journalists Sophie Wilkinson, Kieran Yates (watch it below), they are now holding another discussion to look more closely into the media’s impacts upon young people and how their own use of social media reflects what they see. On tonight’s panel are writer and broadcaster Bidisha, sex educator and youth worker James Hanock, academic Dr Laura Harvey and journalist Helen Lewis. Oh, and I’ll be chairing the discussion!
Unfortunately, it’s happening at Shoreditch House so is restricted to members only, but fear not, you can watch it live from the comfort of your own couch/desk/coffee shop table as it will be streamed from 7pm tonight at eastlondonfawcett.org.uk. Join in the discussion at @eastfawcett and #heartbreaklaunderette. Sonya Barber