Stirred: Corporeal Beings & Bodies

Banner Image from artist and fat activist Kelli Jean Drinkwater.

Stirred: Bodies is tomorrow! At like, 7.30pm. Very excited! The two body workshops were excellent, thanks to all who came to those. The first one was on Body Image, the second was Corporeal Beings.

Here’s the Bodies Mind Map created from both workshops:

shallow version….strength/weakness…cats in the sun…growing…judgement….transformation….perfectionism…dysphoria….skinny shaming…obsession…fat shaming…insecurity…’conventionally attractive’…transient…divergent…miss world pageant…body positive? fetish….doll…Arnold Schwarzenegger…all BOOBS are great…clothed is so hidden…belly lapdance…mind/body binary…photoshop…Miss Universe 2014…hair….control…fitness ads….self….male gaze…ageing….because I’m worth it…fetish…pride

You can download a rough guide of the exercises and some of the poems used for Corporal Beings here:

Stirred Corporeal Beings Workshop 18_02_15

One of which was linked to the Reclaim the Night March this coming Thursday, starting from Owen’s Park at 7pm. We thought about responding to street harassment in terms of, when you say this, I hear….or similar phrases. Here are some samples from that exercise, thanks so much to the authors for letting us put them up, and will be an honour to be reading then on Thursday at the After party.

…and the grin of the bouncing young man
in the sub way under Mancunion Way
whose hand sped between the back of the top
of my thighs before running on,
who struggled with my striped bottomed trousers
walking unaccompanied by a male pair of trousers or joggers

When you say “I’ll have some of that” I hear your feet already kicking hard against my all or nothing narrative, I am no partitive article.

When you tell me I want it, I ask you if you know what you want, and whether you’d not be better with a plasticine, programmable, paint-your-own cunt.

Stirred @ RECLAIM


Looking forward to hearing our amazing guests Camille Ralphs, Keisha Thompson and AJ McKenna and all the fabulous open micers at Stirred: Bodies!



The Stirred quad is formed of Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders.

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The Stirred team at Reclaim the Night Manchester 2015
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