I worked another corporate/feminist event this week.
This one funded by a major credit card company.
It was allegedly a serious business event, about small-business-sector entrepeneurship & financing.
There were several kiosks, representing women's business start ups. One sold $45 showercaps. Another, jewelry.
An floral-stylist. Saucy black-power lady-power slogans printed on t-shirts ("I don't want a seat, I want the whole table!").
Little jars of fragrance oils. Same with the panelists onstage: no plumbing female contractors or medical hardware manufacturers or anything which will last 5 years. The founder of BirchBox spoke... for a monthly subscription fee, her company sends you a mystery box of cosmetics samples.
Despite the lack of license plumbers, there was avid interest in plumbing.
The men's room door was vinyl'd-over with this:
The sink got a white-noise emitter to conceal ladyfarts & a bowl of tampons & a new affirmation decal on the mirror:
The urinals became this:
The event took-over the entire 6th & 1st floors of a building. By eliminating the urinals & eliminating the men's room, the women forced themselves to stand-behind men in line, waiting to all use the same stalls. There was a
Women Only bathroom on the ground floor, and single toilet "unisex" bathroom, but that required waiting in line for a small, slow elevator; to then get in line for that toilet.
The whole place was decorated in pale pink, flowers flowers flowers, and empty slogans on the walls, like "CEO,000,000"
A spin-off of Johnnie Walker was served, branded as "Janie Walker".
One of the panelists used the phrases 'second round of venture funding' and 'founder pay'. The moderator noted that those were terms which not-every-woman would know. Where did she learn about those crucial things. She replied that she and her co-founder-- had 'asked our dads'. I thought maybe the dads should be the ones on the panel, then.
The event ended. And men showed up to take-apart the walls & lights & electric cables & rental furniture. The florists were almost-all women. The sound crew and production managers were mixed male&female. The officejob supervisors were predominately female or gay guys.
As I bicycled home, I listened to Joe Rogan talking to another comedian about fake-professional comedians who hang-around backstage at L.A.'s Comedy Store. The opened for somebody famous once, or kinda-did comedy at some point... but they've got nothing really going-on. They're there for the drinks & to hang-around real pros & sometimes they awkwardly interject themselves in a conversation between actual pros talking-shop. "It's weird", said Joe. "Imagine if there was a place where CEOs gathered to talk... but there were all these Fake CEOs hanging-around, pretending to be a part of it." I didn't have to imagine.