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Situations vacant at the Dismantling Lad Culture project and Banter Kill magazine

Towards the end of last year I found that I wasn’t able to fulfill all the tasks involved in running the project and the magazine and do my day jobs too, so I have divided the work up into five areas which I am offering out as formal, although currently unpaid, positions (we should be able to provide some expenses). If you want to spend some time running the project, setting up and exhibition, being a press officer, or designing or editing a national magazine, now is your chance. To apply for any of these roles please send a CV and an email explaining why you want to do this job and the kind of experience you have, to LCdismantlers@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is noon GMT on 16th March 2015, and I will be available in the UK 21st – 28th March to speak with successful applicants. More info: http://www.banterkill.com, http://www.mitenson.com 1. Dismantling Lad Culture Project Manager This role involves overseeing the whole project: exhibitions, compilation LPS, Banter Kill magazine. possible TV work, workshops, and other forms the project may take. You would be working with musicians and record labels, TV producers, the NUS and other agencies in order to raise awareness of, and dismantle, lad culture in the UK. You would be able to contact and work with interested individuals and agencies, and recruit other people to help you. Good organisational and communication skills, innovation and focus would be key qualities to have to fulfil this role. 2. Regional exhibition managers In this role you would set up a Dismantling Lad Culture exhibition in your town or...

BANTER KILL

Yup, that’s what we’re calling the magazine. Thanks to everyone who has been tweeting about it! Lad culture was started by magazines, and now we’re seizing power by creating our own.  What we need now are photographers and graphic designers to help us make it look amazing, and also a PR person to help with the launch. Please tell us about your skills and those of your friends. There is still time for new writers and artists to get involved. And we are looking for organisations that might want to advertise in the mag. The print edition will be launched in the UK, probably in Leeds and London – though you are very welcome to set up a launch event in your town. Publication date: 24th September. The BANTER KILL website will soon be up, thanks to ace web designer Hannah Morgan at Cognitive Dissonance. We are looking at a print run of 5000. The plan is for the magazine to be distributed through student union shops and up to 900 shops in the UK. It won’t be in WHSmith – but then neither will we. It will also be for sale online, along with 3-issue subscriptions, and you are welcome to distro it yourselves too by buying bundles of half price copies off us and selling them to your friends/communities. You can then ­­use the profit for your own project (or spend it on pizza, we don’t mind!). The indiegogo campaign to pay for the printing will be online soon. STAY TUNED.                                                                                              Source: Dismantling Lad...

Call for submissions/call to arms

I am inviting contributions from people of all genders and in any medium or art form that you wish to work in: writing of all types (research, manifestos, fiction, poetry), music, painting, drawing, video, radio shows, podcasts – you tell me. What we are going to end up with is similarly fluid – a book or maybe a magazine, quite probably a website and very possibly a series of exhibitions. If you have an idea of something you want to do please get in touch. And if you are not sure what you want to do but you want to collaborate in the project, get in touch anyway and let me know what you’re good at. Deadlines Send in your ideas for submissions as you come up with them. The deadline for completed work is August 15th 2014. What is lad culture? Lad culture emerged in the UK in the early 90s with the launch of Loaded magazine, and the prominence of Britpop. It brought the message that it’s okay to be openly misogynist after all. Many other sexist publications followed suit, and it took on a life of its own in the form of a widespread relapse into sexist language and behaviour, but with a renewed vitality, taking explicit hatred of women to greater depths in the form of misogynist student groups, jokes about rape, even night clubs that promote rape. In 2012 the National Union of Students (NUS) commissioned a piece of independent research into lad culture, the results of which consider how “Seen by some as just a bit of fun, ‘lad culture’ has been criticised...

BANTER KILL logo competition!

Now we need a kick-ass logo! Calling all artists and graphic designers – if you can come up with a snazzy logo that we can use for the magazine, we will reward you with freebies (a subscription to the magazine, any merch we produce, and the DLC compilation LP) and a small item about you and your design practice in the magazine. Deadline for entries – 29th August – yes that’s one week!! Things move fast when you’re dismantling lad culture. Please email to say you will be submitting something – LCdismantlers@gmail.com Source: Dismantling Lad...

Dismantling Lad Culture is GO!

The response to the call for submissions (below) has been awesome. Here’s a summary of the ideas that have been sent in so far. (And if you want to be included in this, drop me an email at LCdismantlers@gmail.com) First off, poetry! The poems I’ve received so far range from angry to sad to beautiful, and have been contributed by Sophie Hadlum, AJ McKenna, Josie Throup and Lucy Aphramor. Songs! Although only song has been sent in, many more are promised, from: Not Right, Chain and The Gang, Ethical Debating Society, Beyond the Dawn, Demitaves, The Webb, and ________(your band name here). The ideas sent in for written pieces have been wide ranging: Frankie, Jo and Hannah from the 400-strong feminist campaign group at the University of Nottingham (@UoNFeminists) are currently spearheading a campaign to tackle lad culture in their university. The idea is a ‘Lad Culture Pledge’ to be signed by all elected representatives of the Student’s Union, denouncing lad culture and promising to adhere to inclusive, non-discriminatory behaviour. Their contribution to the Dismantling Lad Culture project will be a ‘Feminist Toolkit’ – a ‘How to’ guide for setting up a similar scheme in your own uni/school/ place of work. Hayley Scott is a Leeds-based journalist who’ll be writing about the origins of lad culture, where it’s at now and what we can do to dismantle it. She’ll be tying it in with misogyny in media and the music industry, and discussing why it’s so prevalent at the moment. She’ll also be looking at the role of social media, and will be interviewing female musicians in order to include...

Writing opportunity – good and bad places (venues, clubs etc) in the UK

BANTER KILL will include a section on places to go and places to avoid in the UK. Have you had experiences of misogynist or otherwise nasty venues, night clubs or other establishments? Or do you know of awesome places where an egalitarian atmosphere makes for loads of fun? Jot down your experiences – up to 200 words per place – and email them to LCdismantlers@gmail.com Source: Dismantling Lad...

Collaboration in Spain and UK

There are aspects of the project that might are better worked on collaboratively. If you want to meet up or work with me on any aspects of it, here are some possibilities. UK meetups July 30th, 7-9pm, Wharf Chambers in Leeds – before Perfect Pussy/Joanna Gruesome show. July 31st, Leeds (earlier), Manchester (later) August 7th + 8th, Leeds or Manchester September 18th – 19th – London September 21st – 30th – around the UK! Spain working visits One of the beaches at Torreguadiaro From 1st September I can offer two or three nights’ accommodation at our place in Spain for one or two people. I live in Torreguadiaro on the Costa del Sol near Gibraltar with my partner Chris, and we have a spare room with two single beds. The nearest airport is Gibraltar, but flights tend to be cheaper to Malaga plus a two hour bus ride/cheap car hire. The idea is that we’d do five hours work a day on the project and the rest of the time you can hang out on the beach and in local cafes, sit and read on the balcony etc. If you have extra holiday time we recommend a few days in Seville or Granada. Email to apply. And If you know of any events or meetings that it would be useful for people who are working on the project to attend, please email LCdismantlers@gmail.com or comment below. Source: Dismantling Lad...

DLC magazine – what are we gonna name it?

It turns out that a magazine is going to be more effective, and immediate, than a book. We can start putting it together as soon as we have received the first wave of contributions, the deadline for which is August 15th. But what will we call a magazine that exists to change culture by challenging misogyny and dismantling laddism? Please comment, or use the contact form below, or email LCdismantlers@gmail.com with your suggestions. Also this is a good chance to let us know if you want to help with the assembly or distribution of the magazine.   [contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"] Source: Dismantling Lad...

Writing opportunity – good and bad places (venues, clubs etc) in the UK

Writing opportunity – good and bad places (venues, clubs etc) in the UK BANTER KILL will include a section on places to go and places to avoid in the UK. Have you had experiences of misogynist or otherwise nasty venues, night clubs or other establishments? Or do you know of awesome places where an egalitarian atmosphere makes for loads of fun? Jot down your experiences – up to 200 words per place – and email them to LCdismantlers@gmail.com Source: Dismantling Lad...

BANTER KILL logo competition!

BANTER KILL logo competition! Now we need a kick-ass logo! Calling all artists and graphic designers – if you can come up with a snazzy logo that we can use for the magazine, we will reward you with freebies (a subscription to the magazine, any merch we produce, and the DLC compilation LP) and a small item about you and your design practice in the magazine. Deadline for entries – 29th August – yes that’s one week!! Things move fast when you’re dismantling lad culture. Please email to say you will be submitting something – LCdismantlers@gmail.com Source: Dismantling Lad...

BANTER KILL

BANTER KILL Yup, that’s what we’re calling the magazine. Thanks to everyone who has been tweeting about it! Lad culture was started by magazines, and now we’re seizing power by creating our own.  What we need now are photographers and graphic designers to help us make it look amazing, and also a PR person to help with the launch. Please tell us about your skills and those of your friends. There is still time for new writers and artists to get involved. And we are looking for organisations that might want to advertise in the mag. The print edition will be launched in the UK, probably in Leeds and London – though you are very welcome to set up a launch event in your town. Publication date: 24th September. The BANTER KILL website will soon be up, thanks to ace web designer Hannah Morgan at Cognitive Dissonance. We are looking at a print run of 5000. The plan is for the magazine to be distributed through student union shops and up to 900 shops in the UK. It won’t be in WHSmith – but then neither will we. It will also be for sale online, along with 3-issue subscriptions, and you are welcome to distro it yourselves too by buying bundles of half price copies off us and selling them to your friends/communities. You can then ­­use the profit for your own project (or spend it on pizza, we don’t mind!). The indiegogo campaign to pay for the printing will be online soon. STAY TUNED.                                                                                              Source: Dismantling Lad...

DLC magazine – what are we gonna name it?

DLC magazine – what are we gonna name it? It turns out that a magazine is going to be more effective, and immediate, than a book. We can start putting it together as soon as we have received the first wave of contributions, the deadline for which is August 15th. But what will we call a magazine that exists to change culture by challenging misogyny and dismantling laddism? Please comment, or use the contact form below, or email LCdismantlers@gmail.com with your suggestions. Also this is a good chance to let us know if you want to help with the assembly or distribution of the magazine.   [contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"] Source: Dismantling Lad...

Collaboration in Spain and UK

Collaboration in Spain and UK There are aspects of the project that might are better worked on collaboratively. If you want to meet up or work with me on any aspects of it, here are some possibilities. UK meetups July 30th, 7-9pm, Wharf Chambers in Leeds – before Perfect Pussy/Joanna Gruesome show. July 31st, Leeds (earlier), Manchester (later) August 7th + 8th, Leeds or Manchester September 18th – 19th – London September 21st – 30th – around the UK! Spain working visits One of the beaches at Torreguadiaro From 1st September I can offer two or three nights’ accommodation at our place in Spain for one or two people. I live in Torreguadiaro on the Costa del Sol near Gibraltar with my partner Chris, and we have a spare room with two single beds. The nearest airport is Gibraltar, but flights tend to be cheaper to Malaga plus a two hour bus ride/cheap car hire. The idea is that we’d do five hours work a day on the project and the rest of the time you can hang out on the beach and in local cafes, sit and read on the balcony etc. If you have extra holiday time we recommend a few days in Seville or Granada. Email to apply. And If you know of any events or meetings that it would be useful for people who are working on the project to attend, please email LCdismantlers@gmail.com or comment below. Source: Dismantling Lad...

Dismantling Lad Culture is GO!

The response to the call for submissions (below) has been awesome. Here’s a summary of the ideas that have been sent in so far. (And if you want to be included in this, drop me an email at LCdismantlers@gmail.com) First off, poetry! The poems I’ve received so far range from angry to sad to beautiful, and have been contributed by Sophie Hadlum, AJ McKenna, Josie Throup and Lucy Aphramor. Songs! Although only song has been sent in, many more are promised, from: Not Right, Chain and The Gang, Ethical Debating Society, Beyond the Dawn, Demitaves, The Webb, and ________(your band name here). The ideas sent in for written pieces have been wide ranging: Frankie, Jo and Hannah from the 400-strong feminist campaign group at the University of Nottingham (@UoNFeminists) are currently spearheading a campaign to tackle lad culture in their university. The idea is a ‘Lad Culture Pledge’ to be signed by all elected representatives of the Student’s Union, denouncing lad culture and promising to adhere to inclusive, non-discriminatory behaviour. Their contribution to the Dismantling Lad Culture project will be a ‘Feminist Toolkit’ – a ‘How to’ guide for setting up a similar scheme in your own uni/school/ place of work. Hayley Scott is a Leeds-based journalist who’ll be writing about the origins of lad culture, where it’s at now and what we can do to dismantle it. She’ll be tying it in with misogyny in media and the music industry, and discussing why it’s so prevalent at the moment. She’ll also be looking at the role of social media, and will be interviewing female musicians in order to include...

Call for submissions/call to arms

I am inviting contributions from people of all genders and in any medium or art form that you wish to work in: writing of all types (research, manifestos, fiction, poetry), music, painting, drawing, video, radio shows, podcasts – you tell me. What we are going to end up with is similarly fluid – a book or maybe a magazine, quite probably a website and very possibly a series of exhibitions. If you have an idea of something you want to do please get in touch. And if you are not sure what you want to do but you want to collaborate in the project, get in touch anyway and let me know what you’re good at. Deadlines Send in your ideas for submissions as you come up with them. The deadline for completed work is August 15th 2014. What is lad culture? Lad culture emerged in the UK in the early 90s with the launch of Loaded magazine, and the prominence of Britpop. It brought the message that it’s okay to be openly misogynist after all. Many other sexist publications followed suit, and it took on a life of its own in the form of a widespread relapse into sexist language and behaviour, but with a renewed vitality, taking explicit hatred of women to greater depths in the form of misogynist student groups, jokes about rape, even night clubs that promote rape. In 2012 the National Union of Students (NUS) commissioned a piece of independent research into lad culture, the results of which consider how “Seen by some as just a bit of fun, ‘lad culture’ has been criticised...