We'll be running 2 meetings at the Anarchist Bookfair 2015: UK State vs Extremism in the White Lab room at 11am and Ideologies around Motherhood in room D115 at 2pm.
The British state notices a lack of support from its subjects and reacts by announcing a toughening of its anti-extremism laws. The message is that obeying the law is not enough, this state expects more. We want to discuss how it works to protect freedom of speech by putting restrictions on what can be said, what the British state appreciates about religion in general, what it is suspicious of in its Islamic variant and why the Human Rights Act won’t save you from this one.
In 2001, the NHS published new guidelines advising midwifes and doctors to encourage women to opt for so called natural births. Breast feeding has been for some time similarly encouraged, and women going through pregnancies are repeatedly warned of the risks of formula feeding. The way the debate is led tells us about and reflects on prevalent ideals and ideas around motherhood and femininity.
In this talk we want to look at two things: why the state is promoting natural child birth and breastfeeding; and why it finds so many fans of this programme.