Women talk about self-censorship

On January 11, 2017, Imago Theatre partnered with Béatrice Média to host a salon-style conversation to explore the theme of censorship, a topic central to Imago’s 2017 production of Intractable Woman.  In the intimacy of Café Sfouf, a few dozen people gathered to take part in a conversation with our host Rebecca Munroe, along with our esteemed panelists, Dominique Pirolo,Tracey Steer and Christina Vroom.  The conversation about their experiences and lessons learnt was recorded as a special episode of Beatrice Media’s podcast (#BeaCast).  During the second half of the evening, we facilitated an audience talkback and invited the audience to share their thoughts, experiences and insights on the topic.


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That feeling of knowing that you can’t say anything to your father. That moment when you wanted to speak up in the conference room, but did not. That time you felt the need to protect a fellow woman… and did.

Self-censorship is a question that you negotiate every day, whether you realize it or not. And women have felt the brunt of self-censorship more acutely than men—in the workplace, at school and even at home.

Join our three panelists for an intimate salon-style discussion about how self-censorship has influenced the female experience—and how we might change that in the future. There will also be an audience talkback following the discussion.

Media coverage of Women talk about self-censorship:

“it was really nice to be able to talk in a room full of women, and just being able to hear their thoughts and experiences. As another woman working in media, it’s sometimes really hard to have your ideas heard and this is that reminder to keep kicking ass.” – Rahma Wiryomartono (The McGill Daily) Read full article here.

“It’s a situation that many women relate to. You are uncomfortable with a person’s advances and know you should say something. You tell yourself that it isn’t a big deal, that you can handle it yourself. You stay silent and internalize your anger, all the while feeling violated and betrayed by yourself for not speaking out.” – Sharon Renold (The Link) Read full article here.

“good, progressive conversation is about “cutting through the judgement, cutting through the habitual behaviour, cutting through the bullshit.” – Danielle Gasher (The Concordian) Read full article here.