Students attend Elle’s Feminism debate

Six students went to London to a debate on Rebranding Feminism. The event was hosted by Elle, and although it was interesting I wouldn’t have really called it a debate, it was more of a question and answer session – but none the less fascinating. Opened by the hilarious feminist comedian Sara Pascoe, we listened to the opinions of Jo Swinson (the Women and Equalities minister), Ikamara Larasi (co-founder of Rewind Reframe), Rhiannon Lucy Coslett and Holly Baxter (from online magazine Vagenda), Ruby Tandoh (the GBBO finalist), Kat Banyard (founder of UK Feminista) and Laura Jordan Bambach (President of D&AD). The irony of a glossy women’s magazine, which often runs features that feminists would criticise for fuelling the low body image endemic, was not wasted on us. However it was a great campaign and an amazing evening. Hopefully it has encouraged many readers of Elle to talk more about feminism and has altered their perception of a stereotypical feminist.

By Juliette Perry, 6.1


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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