What a day...... I knew when we started Woman Fest that there would be people that disagreed, people who praised us, people who vilified us. It's a sad inevitability that when women say out loud what they want.....well, everyone has an opinion about that, man and woman.
And it says a lot about our society that an all-woman festival - just a place for us to celebrate each other, makes PAGE 3 of the Observer, SKY NEWS, the express (who don't even bother to read the website and just riff off of another journalist....lazy boys), in the same day.
It's also a mirror that each one has an agenda. So I feel like I need to be crystal clear about US, using OUR VOICE. What WE ARE as a woman's festival and, really, what we hope to achieve.
WE ARE NOT NEW. We are not a faze, We have gathered since the beginning of time. We are the grand-daughters of the Witches you failed to burn. We are the Spinsters, the Crones, the women who would not be sold as cattle, who never leave a good joke just lying there. We got the vote, we raise children, create art, masturbate. Sometimes we just sit around and do nothing but enjoy a good day. We are WARRIOR WOMEN, we have unspoken oceans of strength and creativity in us. We can hold everyone gently, and we can breath fire.
We are Boudicca, and Vandana Shiva, and Maya Angelou.
We are Malala, and Amanda Palmer and Emma Gonzalez.
We are every woman, always, either out there in all our glory, or waiting till we're ready, and we bloom forth
We have never changed, we have always been here.
So Why Woman Fest?
It's a call to all of us, a call home. We just want to chill out with each other in a field. Learn from each other's stories, celebrate our journeys and dance. Remind ourselves of the importance of Sisterhood and our connection to the Earth and our responsibility towards it. We are here to be US! to revel in all our diversity and mystery and brilliance. To surprise each other, teach each other, delve into the shadows and come out wise and willing. And YES! let the divine feminine burst out of us like a prayer!
And Heal too, cause we've all been through some serious shit.
With all my love