Are you off to Glasto this month? Well, we’ve got some pretty exciting news.
For the first time ever, the Glastonbury festival organizers are dedicating a special space within the festival just for us girls. Aptly named, ‘The Sisterhood’, the area will be located within the Shangri La zone and is being billed as a “revolutionary clubhouse”. On offer will be a mix of live music, DJs, workshops and dance classes.
And you’ll be pleased to here this is not an exclusive area. It has been labelled as an “intersectional, queer, trans and disability-inclusive space open to all people who identify as women”.
Along with the female guests the venue’s performers, security and staff will also be women.
So why have the festival organisers decided this sort of area is a necessary addition?
“The producers of The Sisterhood believe that women-only spaces are necessary in a world that is still run by and designed to benefit mainly men,” the organisers said in a statement.
“Sisterhood seeks to provide a secret space for women to connect, network, share their stories, have fun and learn the best way to support each other in our global struggle to end oppression against women and all marginalised people, whilst showcasing the best and boldest female talent in the UK and beyond,” they continued.
The reaction to the announcement has been somewhat mixed. Many festival-goers took to Twitter to share their opinions, natch.
One user tweeted: “Love this so much. Thank you @GlastoFest for providing a safe space for women and for heightening representation.”
While another wasn’t so happy, saying: “Totally defeats the purpose of equality. How can you complain about sexist golf clubs if you fuel the same ideas?”
What do you think? Are female-only spaces a positive step to achieving equality?