#FeministFest Top 20 Shows

#Feminist #YesAllWomen


Here are our Top 20 #FeministFest picks of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015. They’re in alphabetical order. We haven’t seen any of these shows yet. The #FeministFest team sifted through the entire Fringe programme and friends’ recommendations. These are the twenty pitches that jumped out at us. Many are written, directed, produced and performed by women. All feature feminist themes and content.

We can’t wait to go see these shows, plus many more, with our 30 awesome #FeministFest bloggers this August. Stay tuned for original reviews of each show by our bloggers here at feministfestival.scot very soon!

Black is the Color of My Voice

1.15pm | 1hr | Gilded Balloon 
Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, the show follows a jazz musician and civil rights activist called Mena Bordeaux as she undergoes a spiritual cleansing following the untimely death of her father. During a three day period of isolation without cigarettes, alcohol, or…

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Women’s Aid and books.

Women’s Aid and books.


We left the Isle of Skye three months ago. On 5th January we loaded car and van with no real clue where we were going or how we would get there. I had plans in place but with all the Councils and Estate Agencies  closed for Christmas it was impossible to really be sure. I knew we had the use of a caravan high on a hill for as long as we needed. I knew Moray Council knew we were coming. I knew Women’s Aid knew we were coming.

Because of the circumstances, we were offered refuge in the Women’s Aid shelter in either Dingwall or Elgin, but the dog and the cat couldn’t come. They would have had to have been fostered out. I couldn’t have coped with that. I couldn’t have put Niamhy-Woof, my 15 year old lab/ collie cross and most loyal friend into foster care. So…

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“First Kiss” Director’s Latest Video Shows “Strangers” Undressing in Front of Each Other

Undress me.


Filmmaker Talia Pilieva’s latest viral video claims to show people undressing in front of one another and then getting into a bed together, laughing at the awkwardness of it all. As she says in the YouTube description, “I asked strangers to undress each other and get in bed. Nothing else. No rules.” It is part of a promotion for Showtime’s Masters of Sex, the show about pioneering sex researchers that starts up again on Sunday, July 13.

Her video of 20 “strangers” kissing for the first time went viral, boasting more than 86 million views on YouTube to date. However, some Internet users were bummed that it was an ad for clothing brand WREN featuring professional actors — so not as spontaneous as people initially thought. Refresh your memory below:

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Alyssa Steel Erotica

About Alyssa Steel Erotica

What’s Your Superpower?

I think it’s pretty clearly established that I write smut for a living. Okay, maybe not for a whole living, maybe just for cheap vodka money, but still. I write the stuff that, if done properly, will make the reader need some alone time to take care of urges. That is what I do and it’s a helluva lot of fun.But it’s not entirely who I am. I am a wife, a mother, a homeschooling parent, and a leader in my community. I am a blogger, and a from-scratch cook. I am a friend, I am someone that people call when they are confused or have problems. I am someone that is always available to watch a friend’s kids at the last minute.But that’s not it, either. I’m a liberal. I’m staunchly pro gay-rights, I’m an atheist, and I’m feminist. I’m strong, I’m a survivor, and I’m intelligent.But that’s not all there is to me. I was an English major with a focus on creative writing in college. I read to escape and I write to process. My husband knows whether I’m depressed, overwhelmed, or just chilling based on the author I’m reading. I have great conversations about Kafka and Bronte and Hardy with my fellow lit-geek girlfriends.

I have worked hard to develop a network of amazing and beautiful people, and to be brutally honest, I’m afraid of the raised eyebrows if it ever got out that I write erotica. I’m afraid that some of those great mom friends would stop letting their kids come over and play with my kid. I’m afraid that my liberal, feminist friends would be aghast that I write stories (and get turned on by them!) of being fucked by strangers or being tied up and made to submit to a man. I’m afraid that my lit-geek girlfriends will look down their noses at me for starting sentences with the word “But” and for writing things with no higher purpose than to make someone all wet between the legs.

Having a pen name allows me to let go of all those fears and all that pressure. Alyssa Steel is able to write the stuff she wants to write without fear of being ostracized or judged, and that is so god damned freeing! As Alyssa, I can say or do anything in my stories and I don’t have to worry what my grandmother will think if she stumbled upon my them. I don’t have to worry that my kiddo’s friends’ moms are disgusted by the bondage in my stories. I don’t have to worry that all they’re thinking about when they’re looking at me is whether or not I really enjoy it up the ass. I’d imagine that kind of worry wouldn’t make for a very fun moms night out.

When I go into my office to write, I set aside my real name and my real issues. I put on my headphones, turn on Alyssa Steel‘s Pandora account, put on my pouty lips, and become whoever the hell I want to be. Without my secret identity, I could never reveal this super awesome part of myself.

I write the stories that turn you on. What’s your superpower?