Whoever said feminists were good for nothing definitely missed out on this wildly entertaining “queer femme” fight club video that features angry post-Brexit feminists fighting one another to “bring down the patriarchy.”
The exclusive queer woman-identifying-only fight club dubbed “Femme Feral” was thought into existence by Phoebe Patey-Ferguson, reports Broadly. Unhappy with Britain voting to leave the European Union, Patey-Ferguson and her studio mate Anna Smith took out their anger with a good old fashioned wrestling match.
This politically-induced woman-on-woman tumble ignited what would become Femme Feral, a club for women to combine “protest, performance,” and to, of course, smash the patriarchy.
“It was a way of channeling and being able to get that anger out and put it somewhere in a productive way,” Patey-Ferguson told Broadly. “I think we wanted to find a way of sharing this anger and take up loads of space. It is a reaction to that [idea] as a girl you need to be nice, personal, peaceful, [to] sit down and be quiet.”
Femme Feral quickly expanded to a “queer femme fighting force,” says Patey-Ferguson.
“The feral aspect is about this instinctual behavior that everyone knows how to do it. We deliberately don’t get good because we want people to be able to jump in,” she explained. “You find this rage within you and you just go for it. I think a lot of that energy is very genuine and comes from a very instinctual place … rather than it being like a theater show. It is totally in the moment and deep inside you.”
On Facebook, the group calls wrestling night “queer, feminist, anti-fascist, noise-driven ferocious fight to the death [of the alt-right].”
Beyond parody, folks.
Fight night goes as follows: female-identifying members face off for one-on-one fights before the entire group partakes in an orgy-like group wrestling match.
And things get intense.
“Unlike WWE fights, nothing is choreographed. Patey-Ferguson has ripped out a toenail; people leave covered in bruises,” notes Broadly.
The group even “performs” at festivals now.
At the group’s latest event, the women-identifying members yelled “F*** Theresa May! F*** Theresa May!” before the first fight, wherein Patey-Ferguson claims she cracked a rib.
“You don’t feel like you are locked in your room staring at the internet alone. There is a kind of empowerment in that, because if we express that together, there is a possibility of change,” she said.
While some people might find “empowerment” via different avenues, it remains unclear how exactly lesbians and trans women beating the hell out of each other while screaming “F*** Theresa May!” will stomp the patriarchy or kill the alt-right.
But what do I know.