Date: Jan 31 2012
Venue: JH2, NUI Maynooth
Initially I thought this debate was nothing but cheap thrills. A some what risqué title to draw a few extra bums on seats. While not to the extent of the efforts by TCD and UCC to bring Nick Griffin’s opinions to an open forum, the concept of playing on an archaic 15th century proverb (Children should be seen and not heard) aimed at young women could be seen by some as a lazy debate that more than likely will result in a shouting match and confirm already existing stereotypes rather than confront them.
On the other hand, the phrasing of this debate should hopefully provide a well informed discussion on the state of female equality today, that’s engaged by both sides rather than the opposing side being allowed to use misogynistic rhetoric under the guise of debate.
The Lit n Deb are also proud to have, as special guests, a representative from the Irish Feminist Network who, since 2010 have grown to have over 2000 members and aim at engaging young people in feminist discussion, inclusive and approachable to those of all political affiliations. It promotes gender equality across all boards of Irish Society.
The IFN’s website with relevant info can be found here.
The Lit n Deb’s Facebook event can be found here.
If you want to get some more gender debate action from us at the Observer, check out Shane McNally’s interviews with Leone Delaney and Claire McGing.
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