Cherchez la femme is a French phrase meaning "Look for the woman".
It originally referred to any case where a man behaved badly, out of character, or brought about his own ruination: look for the woman – she will be the cause. He will either be trying to impress her, possess her, or free himself from her clutches.
Don't ya love it when women are blamed for men's behaviour?!
Nowadays, in English usage, the phrase has come to mean "Look for the root cause of the problem".
No doubt both definitions will come into play at these regular "feminism in the pub" sessions in Melbourne...
Cherchez la Femme is a monthly digest of pop culture and current affairs from a feminist perspective. With regular guests and audience participation strongly encouraged, its organisers have created something more dynamic than a lecture, more stimulating than bingo, and more useful than shaking your fist at the sky.
As you know, women are not funny and feminists have no sense of humour, so I’m afraid there will be no comedic element. Take your medicine.
These sessions are on the first Tuesday of every month. The next one is on 3 August with the topic: Feminism and Motherhood.
I will be having a bit of a rant, along with Natasha Ludowyk and Louise Keogh, and anyone else who wants to put in their two bobs worth.
(Mothers are never short on opinions, so should be a feisty evening!! Or you could stay at home occupying yourself in a more demure fashion a la mademoiselle above...)
When: Tuesday, 3 August 2010, 7–9pm
Where: The Fox Hotel, cnr Wellington St & Alexandra Pde, Collingwood
Cost: $5 entry