7 February 2017

This week, we are talking about body confidence. We will be joined by campaigner Lauren Coulman, whose collective and campaign, Free to be OK With Me, aims to make Manchester a body-positive city.

Are women under pressure to conform to an aesthetic ideal? Is there such a thing as a perfect body? Should there be such a thing? Is there an ideal body composition, and would we all feel confident if we achieved it? How can we learn to feel comfortable in our own bodies? What are the societal barriers holding us back? We will be debating all these issues and more.

We will also be asking whether it is anti-feminist to wear makeup. By making ourselves up, are we in control of our own image, constructing the version of ourselves that we want to portray to the outside world? Or are we actually bound by societal expectations of how a woman should look? Where does the idea of what we think of as beauty come from? We will be joined by beauty and lifestyle blogger-vlogger, Kat Horrocks.

CYHMNzine (Can You Hear Me Now?) is a music zine that gives women a voice. The zine provides a platform for women to share their experiences in the music industry, whether they are music fans or looking for practical advice and support. It also provides an opportunity for them to share artists they find inspirational. Founded as  a reaction to the ways in which women find the music scene hostile, CYHMNzine fights back against this. Its ethos is about solidarity and community; empowering women to take ownership of the music they love and the music they make.

We will be talking to CYHMN’s founder, Olivia Havercroft about why she saw a need for this project and the launch event on 11 February. In the meantime, you can read more about her work on our Diva Projects page.

There has been a lot of talk about reproductive rights, recently. In his first week in office, President Trump signed a ban on federal money going to international groups that perform or provide information on abortions. But did you know that in the UK, abortion is still illegal? We will be finding out more about this from Abi Fitzgibbon, Head of Advocacy and Campaigns at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas). Abi will also be telling us about two of bpas’s campaigns, Back Off and We Trust Women.

As ever, we’d love to hear from you if you have an opinion on any of these topics. Tweet us @divasupnorth or email us at divasupnorth@gmail.com.

Tune in to Salford City Radio 94.4FM at 4pm on Tuesday 7 February for Divas up North!

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