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The Activettes launch new Zine, ‘Sex Drugs & Drones.’

Phat Al of the Activettes talks to HOT’s Xaverine Bates about their creative protests so far & the launch of their Zine, which will be available at the Kave Gallery, 8 Kings Road from 16 May.

Who are the Activettes?

The Activettes are a crack squad all female protest group based in St Leonards who meet regularly to debate a wide range of local, global and feminist issues and engage in their own very special form of theatrical activism. Their list of achievements includes an anti-plastic ‘free the cucumbers’  intervention at Asda in Silverhill last year, in which they liberated more than four hundred cucumbers from their wrappers in one sitting. And then there was the TIME TEAM 1066 SPECIAL in which the Activettes visited Combe Haven, the building site of the new ‘link road to nowhere’. During an archeological dig they found ‘conclusive proof’ of Harold’s final resting place, marking the area as a sight of Massive Historical significance and so unsuitable for development.

In October they launched their first drone offensive, ramming the gates of Waddington RAF Drone base with a huge 20ft long phallic effigy complete with wings and a motor. Waddington is the first place on British soil to control unmanned arial vehicles. The giant ‘dildrone’ was laid to rest outside the base, where it was investigated with armed military police with sniffer dogs and eventually disposed of. The force clearly seemed unsettled by the ‘throbbing pink’ colour of the article, and the vast girth of its head.

Why did the Activettes form?

The Activettes formed Last Summer for a number of reasons. After her first inspirational trip to Afghanistan, International Peacenik Maya Evans (liberty campaigner of the year 2007) toured the UK giving talks to groups in the peace network. Discovering that most of the youngest members of the peace movement are retirement age, she has decided that something must be done to revive the dwindling numbers and inject some glamor into peace activism again. Simultaneously, many talented women in St Leonards have been feeling frustrated by how a post modern, ironic acceptance of ‘everything’ has increasingly become an open invitation to big business and the government to behave how they like.

“Forming the Activettes has attracted both activists and non-activists with ages ranging from three to twenty nine, from vegans to McDonalds workers. For me it’s about engaging with politics and actions on my own terms devoid of patriarchy and keeping it tongue and cheek glam. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely adore men but I’ve found a new sense of safe solidarity with sisterhood and its sooo satisfactory!” (Activette)

What’s next on the agenda for the Activettes?

The Activettes

The Activettes © Alice Turner

‘The Activette’ zine is being launched mid May and will be available for purchase behind the counter at the Kave Gallery, 8 Kings Road from 16th. The first edition is called ‘Sex, Drugs and Drones’ and offers a selection of entertaining and informative articles and illustrations by original members. Not to be missed! The launch event is the evening of 15 May and will include an informal introduction to some revolutionary forms of creative activism from around the globe. A ‘MOANS NOT DRONES’ lady pleasure set will be amongst the limited edition merch on sale to raise money for ‘ACTIVETTE BOOT CAMP’; a two day workshop being lead by one of the founding members of CIRCA  (the Clandestine Insergent Rebel Clown Army). Tickets for the zine launch are free, but space is limited, so please contact Alice Turner at ALICE.TURNER21@GMAIL.COM to book a space as we cannot guarantee entry on the night.

Check out the activette blog at for updates.

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Posted 15:23 Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 In: Campaigns

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