Lass War is a campaign to challenge the dominant stereotypes of “northerness”and asks why being Northern is usually linked to being a white male. Lass War imagines a wider vision of the North, which embraces the diversity of the region.
LASS WAR ACTION #2
“Pockets in our Parkas” by Oasister is Lass War Action #2. It is produced as part of “Where There’s Muck, There’s Bras” and asks why all Northern musicians seem to be blokes with daft hair.
LASS WAR ACTION #1
In 2014, Lass War campaigners protested at the flagship Northern Powerhouse conference in Manchester, following the news that all 15 main speakers were men and only 13 out of the 98 speakers over two days were women. Lass War saw this as symptomatic of the erasure of women from discussions about the future of the region and a clear example of the lack of creative, diverse thinking around discussions about the North.
The protest was covered in The Guardian and organisers (eventually) apologised, admitting the conference did not adequately “reflect the gender balance of the north and in future this [will] be addressed.”
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