Upcoming Event!

*THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS*We’re so excited to be welcoming Lucy Holmes and team to our next campaigns meeting to talk to us to their fantastic No More Page 3 campaign.The campaign has been gathering momentum over the past year, gaining the support of organisations such as UK Girl guiding, the National Union of Teachers, UNISON, Women’s Aid, just to mention a few. This is a serious campaign which has huge potential to succeed.

The campaign aims to convince the Sun newspaper that it is inappropriate to picture a topless young woman in their ‘family’ newspaper every day, and to ask them nicely to drop the feature.

The campaign is not asking for a ban, but is hoping to change attitudes. The Page 3 feature started in the seventies when women were much more unequal than they are now, and when sexist attitudes were the norm. Increasingly there is evidence to suggest the depiction of women regularly in the media as nothing more than sex objects is damaging to young women’s self-regard and aspirations. Very young children are introduced to soft porn through its inclusion in a non age-restricted publication, which can be seen on trains and buses and in public spaces such as cafes and even play areas.

For more information about the campaign please visit the NMP3 website:

VENUE: Crimson Heart, 87 Leonard St, Shoreditch, London EC2A 4QS

Facebook Event here.


November Meeting! Festive Crafts.

November’s Shoreditch Sisters WI Meeting!

Join us on Tuesday Nov 26th at 7pm for the last meeting of 2013, getting all festive with a decorative crafts meeting!Indulge your festive foodie self and decorate edible gingerbread decorations with Maid Of Gingerbread with sprinkles, sparkles and magic icing.
Create your own festive clay decorations to give or keep, under the creative eye of our very own Jem (AKA Make Maid) and stitch up a winter storm, embroidering felt tree ornaments.
*On Dec 8th we will be at Bust Craftacular, with a stall selling craft supplies and a workshop making the felt decorations we will stitch at this meeting.
-Please also bring any wools, ribbons, material,craft things to donate for us to pack up and sell at Bust. All proceeds go back into the group to provide fun meetings and materials! –
Sisters needed for workshopping at Bust get in touch with Martha if you are interested. shoreditchsisterswi@gmail.com*
Bust’s event page herePlease bring cake to share, we have tea, coffee, beer, wine and pop available at the bar, so bring some extra cash for merriment.All materials provided, £5 for visitors, free for members. Membership is still open at £34.70.

Christmas raffle will be on, prize donations welcome.

The Casual Rapist or The Voice of Lad Mags, Can You Tell The Difference?

Filthy talk can be such a turn on for a girl . . . no one wants to be shagged by a mouse . . . A few compliments won’t do any harm either . . . ‘I bet you want it from behind you dirty whore’ ”
Welcome to the world of lad’s mags. I recently came across a study carried out by the University of Surrey with the University of Middlesex. According to their findings, people can’t differentiate between quotes from British “lad’s mags” and interviews with convicted rapists. In fact, men were more likely to agree with quotes from the latter.

Can you tell the difference between a rapist and the lads mags quotes about women and what they want from a real man, a relationship and how they want to be treated?
A relaxing Sunday morning breakfast turned into a heated discussion with my friends this weekend. Myself and my female friend were shocked at how inseparable the quotes between rapists and lad’s mags were; “There’s nothing quite like a woman standing in the dock accused of murder in a sex game gone wrong . . . The possibility of murder does bring a certain frisson to the bedroom” – yes, another supposedly light-hearted quote from a lad’s mag. You can find quotes from rapists and lad’s mags in the link below. But stick around, this get’s more interesting.
Another friend of mine, a male, is the epitome of gentleman. But in this discussion, sadly, he found himself defending the lad’s mags, for he said these lines was “taken out of context”.
Context; Perhaps it’s okay for lad’s mags to suggest you “go and smash her on a park bench” as long as the context is anything but a clear direction? 
The issue here is the language used. Think about this one;
“A girl may like anal sex because it makes her feel incredibly naughty and she likes feeling like a dirty slut. If this is the case, you can try all sorts of humiliating acts to help live out her filthy fantasy”.
Sure, some women (I hope not girls as the writer specifies) like anal sex. Sure, some will even want to feel “dirty”. But nobody, as far as I’m concerned, wants to feel humiliated. Women (and men for that matter), will all have a limit as to what is enjoyable and what is demeaning, but to be victim of humiliation, in itself, means that the receiver is un-wanting of the situation.
What is scary, according to my male friend, and indeed the media, is that this kind of language is considered ‘the norm’. Editors and publishers, the gatekeepers of what is and isn’t decent to print in the media, have set their limits low.
I can’t help but wonder if women’s magazines are also guilty of this. But I can’t imagine Cosmo, or any other mainstream women’s lit, suggesting we should smash a man on a park bench. Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? My point exactly.
I’m all for freedom of speech. But what about the right for women to not feel objectified by mainstream media?

October 2013 Meeting – How well do you know your breasts?

As you may or may not be aware October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we invited two guests to our meeting to help us improve our knowledge and get better acquainted with our own breasts. (Speaking personally, it turned out that I really needed that personal introduction!)
All of us have heard to Breast Cancer, but most of ladies and gents (men can get Breast Cancer too) maybe forgetting to take the steps that may help to detect the disease in its early stages.

I hope this meeting went a long way in the right direction of raising our awareness.

Enter our first guest, … of Coppafeel, who managed to shock us with the fact that she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at 21, while all of the Shoreditch Sisters are young at heart, some of us are numerically younger than others. The idea that you can get Breast Cancer as young as 21 drove home the point that  we all need to know our  breasts and know them well enough to spot when something is not right.

when and where should you check out your breasts, one of the places suggested is in the shower but there is no good or bad time. Coppafeel also do not prescribe how you should check, but tell us what to include in our checks.

Breast Cancer is the most common type of Cancer in Women.

47,700 women and 300 men are diagnosed with Breast Cancer each year in the UK.

So what do you do if you find anything unusual? The person you need to see  your GP. Share your worries and demand action. You know your breasts better than anyone else and because you have been checking them regularly, you  know your breasts better than your GP and will be in a better position to tell them what is normal for you.

Following a short break we all then sat down with Kelly from Rigby and Peller. The company was established in 1939 and now has over 70 years of bra fitting experience. That and the fact that Rigby and Peller were granted a Royal Warrant in 1960 by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.

Kelly Told us that we should be getting fitted every 6 months as our bodies are constantly changing due to a number of reasons such as weight, sport, pregnancy, contraception, medication and diet to name but a few.

About 80% of women who have never been fitted are wearing the wrong size bra.

The commonest mistake that we ladies make is wearing a bra too small in the cup and big in the back.

Here are some Bra Fitting troubleshooting (until you can get yourself to a Rigby and Peller for a free bra fitting!)
You find that your bra is loose around the edges.
Try a smaller cup size.

you find that your breasts are spilling out of the front of the bra and your silhouette is bumpy.
Try a bra with a smaller back and larger cup size.

You find that your bra band is riding up at your back.
Try a smaller back size.

There are more tips from both Coppafeel and Rigby and Peller on their websites so check them out.

At the Knitting & Stitching Show 2013

We had members representing us all over the place at this year’s Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. Over in the Upcycling Academy we helped out The Craftivist Collective engage the public to stitch their names for a giant petition. It says “We the undersigned believe that everyone should have the right to a living wage. No one should be exploited to make our clothes. Together we can  end the ugly side of fashion.”

We had members on the War on Want stand, asking people to sign a real life petition about the Rana Plaza factory disaster in which over 1000 garment worker died. Please sign the petition to demand compensation for the victims families.

Then over on the WI’s own stand, was our President Martha convincing people that the WI is awesome and they should join, with Liz from MFWI, Elin from Gothic Valley WI, Yvette from Stroud Green and Beatrice and Sarah from MFWI.

Walthamstow Fabric Adventure with the Sewing Bee

The Sewing Bee recently went on an adventure to Walthamstow Market to check out their famed array of fabric and haberdashery shops and stalls.
Emily C bought a bit more than intended but just couldn’t resist! Most of these were £1.80pm, some were £1pm and I splashed out on the £3.30pm tape measure fabric! 
Jem got some lovely fabric, from the cheapest to the most expensive, £1 – £3.30 a metre. The thread was 50 pence each and the self covered buttons were £1.35 for 3

Al got some fabric for £1 a metre, and buttons for the picnic blanket skirt.

Alex got some fabric for her picnic blanket skirt.

Louise M got lots of fabrics! Blue with small white polka dots & floral, both under £2/metre, The Fabric Shop on Vernon road; Black with large white polka dots, £6 for 4m, Hussein Fabrics; Green with navy polka dots & zebra fabric, £1.50/m each, Sai Fabrics; Umbrella & polka dot tana lawn cotton, £8/metre, Saheed’s Fabrics

Hannah got grey polycotton from Fabric Shop on Vernon Road (£2/metre), denim blue unidentified fabric from the shop with the green and black awning at the top of the market (£2/metre), and reddish-brown very heavy fabric from the one next to the Sue Ryder shop (£1.50/metre). Plus embroidery hoop £2.75 from a haberdashery shop, can’t remember which one!

We had a great day, finding fabrics and chatting with each other about what we could do with them! I think we all ended up buying more than we had intended but have got a great stash now!

September 2013 – Meeting – Soap Makeshop with the MakeMaid

Have you ever wondered about the alchemy of soap making? Wonder no more! Join us and Jem, the MakeMaid, to find out how to make traditional soap at the very first MakeMaid Makeshop. You will leave the meeting having mastered a basic soap recipe, with your very own mini soaps to take away and all the information to continue making soap at home. It’s the perfect way to get started making all those crafty Christmas presents for family and friends.

To ensure that we have enough materials for everyone and to guarantee your place in the workshop please RSVP by email to shoreditchsisterswi@gmail.comwith the subject September Soap Makeshop. If you and your friends are planning to come as a group please RSVP individually.

Please bring a long-sleeved apron or old shirt (so your arms are covered), wear closed-toe shoes and bring a plastic bag to take your soaps home.

Free for SSWI members
£5 for non-members

Want to find out more about the MakeMaid? Check out the interview with Jem on the latest edition of our very own radio show, Longwave Ladies: http://i.mixcloud.com/CD0Eqs

Bring cash or a cheque for £34.70 and get 15 months membership for the price of 12, you won’t have to renew till January 2015. We will be signing up new members at our October meeting on Tuesday 22nd October.