Discussion panel held by Nasty Women UK in Aid of End Violence Against Women.
From film, TV drama, advertising, press and social media women are often under attack, stereotyped or even written out altogether. Why are women so often portrayed as damaged or bloodied victims in crime dramas, pretty bodies to be idolised, side-lined once over a certain age or attacked for expressing an opinion online? This constant subversion and attack affects not only how men but other women view the female sex. What is this teaching young people about gender and relationships?
Chair: Tory Turk, Independent Exhibition Curator, specialising in Style and Popular Culture. Tory recently curated ‘Print Matters’ at KCC and co-curated ‘The Jam: About The Young Idea’ at Somerset House. She has lectured on fashion curation and spoken at the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Courtauld Institute of Art. toryturk.com/
Nadya Powell, Creative, Business Consultant, Influencer for Change, Co-founder of Innovation Social, a collective of interactive creative directors. Nadya is pushing for Diversity in the Communications Industry via The Great British Diversity Experiment, and raising awareness of the lack of diverse imagery in marketing and advertising with #SoWhiteProject. She is a Co-founder of Creative Agency Utopia.
Victoria Spratt, Journalist, campaigner and Deputy Editor of The Debrief. In 2016 she ran the Make Renting Fair campaign highlighting the plight of ‘Generation Rent’ which resulted in the Government announcing a ban on letting agency fees for tenants. She contributes to VICE, Broadly, BBC, The Independent, London Evening Standard and The Spectator. Her most recent documentary is about abortion rights in Ireland and Northern Ireland. She has appeared as a commentator on BBC Woman’s Hour, Daily Politics, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 live live, NTS Radio radio and spoken at political party conferences about the housing crisis. @Victoria_spratt
Marisa Bate, Journalist and senior editor at The Pool. She covers issues that impact women including sexism in the media, domestic violence, politics, and pop culture. Previously she has written for leading London trends intelligence agency, The Future Laboratoryy, and contributed to The Guardian The Observer, Red Magazine, Glamour and Cosmopolitan UK. Twitter @marisajbate
Rhianna Pratchett, an award-winning writer for games, comics, film and TV. She has wrestled the wild beasts of narrative on titles such as: Heavenly Sword, Mirror's Edge UK the entire Overlord series, Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Her work has received awards from the Writers’ Guild of America, Writers' Guild of Great Britain, DICE, SXSW, and a BAFTA nomination. In the world of comics, she’s worked for DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics and Marvel, and is currently writing film and TV projects with the The Jim Henson Companyy, Film4and O3 Productions. Like most writers, she likes hard liquor and soft cats.
Alex Clatworthy, theatre, TV and film actress who studied at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She has appeared at the The Old Vic Theatre in ‘Future Conditional’, at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and in ‘Foyle’s War’. She campaigns for Equal Representation for Actresses (ERA5050).
Fiona Sturges, a writer and journalist who specialises in the arts and popular culture. She is a weekly columnist at The Financial Times and TheGuardian.com. Fiona lectures in journalism at Southampton Solent University @FionaSturges.