I have been thinking about the future direction for this group because the meetings we have had so far have not been well attended. It was set up essentially as a reading group, discussing selected books in face to face meetings. But I am reluctant to arrange any more dates, because if we can't guarantee a good attendance it's not fair to the (1 or 2) people who do turn up.
The alternative online meetings have not been working either – probably because Facebook is not really designed for this kind of event.
The one thing that is working pretty well is the posting of messages to the Facebook page Wall, and discussions arising spontaneously from this. So my ‘plan B’ for the group, which I will be following from now on, is for me to post short, interesting extracts from the selected book and invite people to comment. As I read through the book, I will post anything that strikes me as a key point and suitable for discussion. Other people who have read the book will of course be able to do the same.
The book chosen for June is ‘Men and Feminism’ by Shira Tarrant, so if you have read, or are reading this, here is your opportunity to share your ideas about it with the other group members.
PS I haven’t completely given up on the idea of face to face meetings but maybe we need to be thinking in terms of ‘one-off’ special occasions, possibly coinciding with feminist events, protests, conferences etc.
Let me know your thoughts on all this in the usual way.