Where can you see a Playboy bunny with a PhD in an intellectual sparring match with a feminist writer? Or a comedy and cabaret ‘Slut Night’ reappropriating the S-word? At The Other Club, that’s where, a two woman riposte to the old boys’ network, and London’s latest pop-up members club.
The Other Club is the work of journalists Katie Glass and Joy Lo Dico, and it’s a female-focused space offering a programme of talks and debates by ‘brilliant, funny women we adore’ as well desk space for hire. You can hear Mary Beard talking about rebellion, Katie Melua and VV Brown on the music industry, and Daily Mail columnist Liz Jones talking about, well, herself, probably.
For a club, the Other aims to be inclusive. It’s only a fiver to join, and men are welcome – but they have to come with a girl friend. This is less about marching down the street with placards, more about marching to the bar for a sauvignon blanc.
‘We haven’t got a manifesto,’ says Glass. ‘We just wanted to have a platform where we show what cool women are doing.’ What’s the one thing she’d say to persuade us to come down? ‘We’ve got a really hot barman!’ You see, feminism can take many forms.