Hacking Feminism

Our aim is to have a physical space to chill out, debate, break stuff, learn new tricks, de-learn norms and contribute to the ongoing struggle against the white supremacist capitalist cis-heteronormative patriarchy, with a cup of tea.

We've put together some potential workshop & discussion ideas to boost our enthusiasm

  • Consent
  • Response to sexual violence and community accountability
  • Programming
  • Networking (protocols, packet distribution)
  • Internet Governance
  • Amygdala hacks
  • Command line skills
  • Securing linux
  • Decolonising queerness & feminism
  • Poster making & spreading
  • Cryptography
  • Shoplifting
  • Gaming the system
  • Discuss THF! convergence report
  • Film/documentary nights
  • Open events for ally education
  • Anticop
  • Sound engineer
  • Gender hacking
  • How to hack language
  • Books/ Articles/ Films

On mixed/non-mixed gatherings

At our first meet-up we discussed that many of us experience sexism in tech-related gatherings and we want to have a space where those affected by sexism feel welcome. Our gatherings will be all be non-mixed (for trans, queer, women only) unless noted otherwise.

Update, October 2016: "term coined by @debcha - souerveillance: looking out for the safety of other female-identified bodies in public spaces"

Upcoming events

Twelfth meetup

Topic: Crypto

Date & Time: Wednesday, 8 February 2017 - 19:30 to 21:30

Place: LAG

Details: (to be determined soon!)

Previous events

We now have a radar group, check our events there!

First meetup

Meetup for trans queer women on Thursday 11th February 2016, 8PM, LAG, Binnenepret (Eerste Schinkelstraat 14-16, 1075TX, Amsterdam)

Introduce the idea of 'Hacking Feminism'

Discuss the THF! convergence report

"The TransHackFeminist convergence was first organized in Calafou, an eco-industrial post-capitalist colony, located 60 km from Barcelona, Catalonia. For seven days, from the 4th to the 11th of August 2014, intersectional feminists, queer and trans people of all genders met to better understand, use and ultimately develop free and liberating technologies for social dissent. The participants of the THF! understand technologies and hacking practices in the broadest sense; this includes hacking the body, gynecology and gender hacking, as well as academia, parenthood, and also computer systems, (distributed) networks, autonomous servers, “pirate”, community based and/or independent radio/tv, hardware and electronics."

During THF! there were some pretty interesting discussions and workshops ranging from defining trans feminism or DIY gyne tests at the Gynepunk BioLab to a project that emerged: anarchaserver, the world's first feminist server! You can browse through the text for details on THF! - especially pages 5 & 6 for a definition of THF! - but don't let lack of reading limit you from joining us!

Make plans for the next meetups

Second meetup

Meetup for trans, queer, women on Saturday 12th March 2016, 8PM, LAG, Binnenpret (Eerste Schinkelstraat 14-16, 1075TX, Amsterdam)

Networking and command line for beginners

During this gathering we will do skill-sharing!

  • understand what the internet and the web is
  • transfer of information over the internet
  • use computers through a terminal
  • try out linux

So if you've wondered for example how an email gets from your computer to the other side of the planet or how to type commands or you have skills to share with us come along!

There is no knowledge required for participating in this workshop.

Third meetup

Meetup for trans, queer, women on Wednesday 6th April 2016, 8PM, LAG, Binnenpret (Eerste Schinkelstraat 14-16, 1075TX, Amsterdam)

Internet plumbing

All you ever wanted to know about TCP/IP, IPv4, IPv6, DNS, BGP, CDN, SMTP, HTTP... but were afraid to ask! Explained in an easy & friendly way, with videos, comics and practical exercises.

Internet Plumbing will cover basics, mention secure methods, and discuss alternative ways to build Internet (AlterNet?).


By BecHa: hacker, lecturer and witch: https://wiki.techinc.nl/index.php/User:Becha

Fourth meetup

Meetup for trans, queer, women on Wednesday 20th April 2016, 19.30PM, LAG, Binnenpret (Eerste Schinkelstraat 14-16, 1075TX, Amsterdam)

Gender, sex 101

During this Hacking Feminism meet up we will have a discussion about our understandings of gender identity and lack of it, pronouns use, sexual orientation, biological sex and.. whatever comes to the table.

This gathering will serve the purposes of a 101 introduction to the aforementioned issues and we aim towards having the space of sharing and discussing different views instead of coming up with a common definition to express us all.

We will also bring our favourite references: authors, texts, web-comics, books, movies on these topics, and what do they mean to us.

Fifth meetup

Meetup for trans people, queer people and women on Monday 2nd May 2016, 19.30PM, LAG, Binnenpret (Eerste Schinkelstraat 14-16, 1075TX, Amsterdam)

Crypto, (in)security, privacy

Workshop with theory on encryption, anonymisation with hands-on practice of tools.

Feel welcome to bring your own laptop and/or usb sticks with you if you wish to install such tools!

Sixth meetup

Wednesday 18th May 2016, 19.30PM, LAG, Binnenpret (Eerste Schinkelstraat 14-16, 1075TX, Amsterdam)

Linux, free software

A closer look at the GNU/Linux software - we will talk about the software itself, use some distributions, and install with whoever wishes to do so!

Theory: https://wiki.techinc.nl/index.php/User:Becha/unixoid_xkcd

This workshop of Hacking Feminism will be open to all feminists regardless of gender but please read carefully below before joining.

With Hacking Feminism our aim is to have a space where women, queers, trans people feel welcome. For this reason each and every one of us is encouraged to be mindful of another's situation - this includes being self-aware and open to criticism. If you receive criticism and/or are asked to leave we ask that you do it on the spot and we will look into being open for discussion at a later stage.

If any of the above sound like something you don't want to do we urge you to choose another time to visit LAG.

Seventh meetup

Thursday 30th June 2016, 19.30PM, LAG, Binnenpret (Eerste Schinkelstraat 14-16, 1075TX, Amsterdam)

Building communities resilient to abuse

While the hackers & activist communities are proud of being anti-authoritarian and using non-mainstream approaches to legality & rules, there have been many reports of the intolerance, harassment & abuse over the years.

This evening, we want to talk about best practices for dealing with the next crisis, and building communities that can constructively deal with conflicts and abuse.

More resources: https://wiki.techinc.nl/index.php/Lika_Guiding_Principles

  • Taking care of ourselves and each-other
  • Consent
  • Developing & using Codes of Conduct for events & organisations
  • Dealing with harassment (bullying, trolling, abuse)
  • Conflict-resolution tips (NVC, consensus-building, empathy)
  • Nipping the baobabs -> dealing with rock-star culture
  • Response to sexual violence and community accountability

This is an event for trans people, queer people and women only! If you would like to talk about the same topic in the mixed environment, please invite us to organise another event at your space.

Eight meetup

"Gentle introduction to Linux", lecture during F-word: Fantastic Feminist Festival: 24-25 September, Binnenepret, Amsterdam



Topic: Linux, explained though pictures by XKCD comic

Date & Time: Sunday, 25 September, 2016 - 17:00

Place: Binnepret

Material: https://becha.home.xs4all.nl/long-linux-lecture.html & https://becha.home.xs4all.nl/linux-pictures-only.html

Ninth meetup

Topic: Command Line

Date & Time: Wednesday, 12 October, 2016 - 19:30

Place: LAG


Tenth meetup

Topic: Crypto, (in)security, privacy

Date & Time: Wednesday, 9 November, 2016 - 19:30 to 21:30

Place: LAG


Eleventh meetup

Topic: Let's talk about cis men

Date & Time: Wednesday, 7 December, 2016 - 19:30 to 21:30

Place: LAG

Details: Let's talk about cis men

Patriarchy is a system where cis men hold primary power. Feminism as a social struggle opposes patriarchy and its symptoms (sexism, transphobia, homophobia etc). Intersectionality suggests that the different forms of oppression coexist and thus our understanding of feminism shouldn't be limited to gender repression (binary or not).

Men very often happen to be our sons, partners, fathers, co-workers, friends or even the dude next door. They also are active parts of feminist movements, support feminism in everyday situations and can understand how gendered socialisation affects us all. But how can men be feminists and what are the possible dangers or advantages of calling themselves feminists?

In this event we want to discuss navigating relationships with cis men as a feminist as well as their role in feminism.

This discussion is for women, queer people and trans people only and it aims to give ourselves space to think about how cis men fit in feminism and to provide tools for discussing feminism with them. It is not aimed at education, support or engagement of cis men in feminist struggles. If you're a cis man and interested in a similar event don't hesitate to get in contact with us!

Radar event page: https://radar.squat.net/en/event/amsterdam/hacking-feminism/2016-12-07/meetups-trans-queer-women-only-lets-talk-about-cis-men