Shameless! Festival: Toolkit

27 Nov 2021

Blog Post

To mark today's Shameless! Festival of Activism Against Sexual Violence, we've put together this toolkit with actions, resources and books to read.

Five things everyone can do to be Shameless

  1. Talk to friends, family, and acquaintances about cultures of sexual humiliation, abuse and consent and listen to what they think are important ways to counter it
  2. Be creative. Art, literature, poetry, film, performance, theatre and music have the power to change people’s minds
  3. Celebrate the achievements of girls, women and non-binary people, and explore the ways they (and their allies amongst all genders) have fought for better lives for everyone. Don't be shy in challenging racism, sexism and all other forms of discrimination when you hear or see it
  4. Examine how many rape myths and ideas you have been taught to believe. Ask whether you are carrying shame or imposing shame because of them. Work to unlearn the bias you’ve been brought up on
  5. Write to newspapers or media platforms every time a report contains inferences of victim blame

Five things to emotionally consider

  1. How can I become more positive about creating a rape-free world?
  2. What are my spheres of influence and how can I work within them to make a difference?
  3. Have I been harmed by the sexist culture, and how can I help heal myself before reaching out to others?
  4. Don’t expect healing to be linear. It isn’t a simple upward curve. Don’t blame yourself further by feeling you ‘ought’ to have dealt with it by now
  5. Don’t internally minimise your own experience by making it relative to worse examples others have been subjected to. You are entitled to feel a full sense of anger

Shameless! Festival Reading List

Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins

Dark Chapter by Winnie M Li

Flood by Clare Shaw

Little You byRachel Nwokoro

The #MeToo Movement by Laurie Collier Hillstrom

Misjustice: How British Law is Failing Women by Helena Kennedy

My Body Keeps Your Secrets by Lucia Osborne-Crowley

On Violence and On Violence Against Women by Jacqueline Rose

Our Bodies Their Battlefields: What War does to Women by Christina Lamb

Rape: A History from the 1860s to the Present by Joanna Bourke

The Right to Sex by Amia Srinivisan

Rough by Rachel Thompson

Screw Consent. A Better Politics of Sexual Justice by Joseph J. Fischel

Sex and Crime (Key Approaches to Criminology) by Alex Fanghanel

Sexual Violence in a Digital Age by Anastasia Powell and Nicola Henry

Supporting Someone After Sexual Assault by Mary Morgan - available to read at missmarymorgan.com

Supporting Trans People of Colour: How to Make Your Practice Inclusive by Sabah Choudrey

Teeth in the Back of My Neck by Monika Radojevic

The Trial / Men Who Hate Women by Laura Bates

The Way we Survive: Notes on Rape Culture by Catriona Morton

What is Consent? Why is it Important? And Other Big Questions by Yas Necati