Clementine Ford is creating The Misandry Hour
70

patrons

$201
per month
Hello there,

Are you regularly accused of being a misandrist? Do you bathe in a pool of male tears each night before bed? Is your bank account full to bursting with all the fucks you don't give about whether or not your feminist views are threatening the men in your life?

Welcome, friend!

My name is Clementine Ford and I'm a writer, speaker and professionally angry person living in Melbourne. I write about feminism, violence against women, misogyny and pop culture. In my writing, I try to challenge the habits of complacency and apology that have formed part of the ever replicating backlash over the last decade. I'm not interested in placating men about their intentions or feminist credentials. I won't hand out cookies and rewards, and I advise other women to adopt a similar stance. My experience has shown me that this is a far more effective way of creating change than reinforcing comfort - we are only encouraged to interrogate our privilege when we are made to feel uncomfortable about it.

Like most feminists, I have often been told that I hate men. I'm no longer interested in denying that claim. People will convince themselves of whatever they like in order to avoid making changes to their own lives, and it's beneath all of us to waste precious time and energy trying to convince naysayers that feminism is a nice, non threatening movement that won't impact their lives in any way. It will. That's the point - to substantially alter the structures of power and privilege that favour certain groups over others and perpetuate inequality and oppression. I'm not afraid of acknowledging that, and summarily ignoring the taunts of people who find this threatening.

I don't speak or write about feminism in order to convince men or sway them to my point of view. I do it because I want to let other women know that it's okay to speak up and to be angry and to tell the truth about their lives. Also, women are fucking funny and rad and I want to hear more from them and less from men.

With that in mind, here I am, launching my first Patreon account. It's something I've wrestled with for awhile. I have a regular job and am very fortunate to make a living (currently) from being a writer. So this isn't an account to fund or support my lifestyle.

But here's what I want to do with any money pledged. I want to create a regular feminist podcast with an Australian flavour that covers humour, politics, pop culture and what's happening online. I want to profile the work of other women, with a widespread commitment to diversity - Aboriginal women, disabled women, trans women, women of colour and so on and so forth. I want to use the platform that I have to help increase the platform of others, especially the women who don't look like me. Yes, there are lots of feminist podcasts already - but I figure the more women we have making content and taking up airwaves, the better!

In order to make this podcast work and be as professional as possible, I want to hire a producer. Yes, hire. As in, this will be a paid position. (To clear up any confusion, I will also be paying myself for my time too - women's work is chronically undervalued and financial equality and independence is one of the cornerstones of women's empowerment).

I will also pay guests who feature on the show.

This is something I'm very committed to. In Australia, it seems to be regular radio industry practice not to pay guests for their time or expertise. When the vast majority of radio presenter positions are held by men (70%), the illusion of gender equity is created by incorporating unpaid female voices on-air. This is bullshit, and I don't want to participate in that kind of exploitation. Every guest will be paid, and the payment will be made transparently.

This is where you all come in. I am passionate about moving forward with this project, but I can't do it alone. The more ongoing pledges I have, the better my ability to pay people and the more frequently we can produce the show. I'm envisioning a starting point of monthly to see how we go, but if there is a demand for a more regular production (perhaps weekly) then having the funds to do so would make this easier.

This is an entirely voluntary pledge process. My writing will still be freely available and my Facebook page will remain open so that I can connect directly with people. Once produced, this podcast will also be freely available to listen to with no subscription. There is no obligation to donate here.

But all of your donations will help me to build a better product. You can pledge to donate as little as $1 a month. With enough of you, that figure could grow into something truly substantial, and that means more money for the women I'm working with and a bigger scope for the show's possibilities.

So join me, fellow killjoys! Your pledge will be most sincerely appreciated, and I shall put in a good word for you with the feminist coven of witches so that they don't eat you.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please read Patreon's page on calculating fees. I believe they use US dollars, so if you pledge $1 a month this will be subjected to conversion rates. There is also a small surcharge to keep Patreon funded. You can read all about it here!

Please also be aware that I have set this up as a monthly pledge. If you are lovely enough to pledge a higher amount but only intend it as a one-off payment, please take care to select the right option!

One final thing: if I am lucky enough to be able to create The Misandry Hour, the first show won't conceivably be aired for at least two and maybe even three months. This is because I need to find and hire a producer, buy equipment and put all the variables into place. However, after that it will a steady monthly stream of misandry, delivered direct to your ears. 
Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month
40 patrons
Shout-out on Twitter with hashtag #misandryhour
Pledge $5 or more per month
30 patrons
Personal email of thanks
Pledge $10 or more per month
6 patrons
I will curse ten men in your honour.
Pledge $25 or more per month
5 patrons
I will make an MRA cry.
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons
A vat of male tears and a giant bucket of fucks you can either give or not give.
Pledge $75 or more per month
0 patrons
I will cast a spell on Tony Abbott.
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
I will send you my firstborn son to be your Baldrick. 
Goals
$201 of $3,500 per month
Producer and presenter salaries, appearance fees and travel funds to take the podcast interstate or fly guests to Melbourne if needed
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Hello there,

Are you regularly accused of being a misandrist? Do you bathe in a pool of male tears each night before bed? Is your bank account full to bursting with all the fucks you don't give about whether or not your feminist views are threatening the men in your life?

Welcome, friend!

My name is Clementine Ford and I'm a writer, speaker and professionally angry person living in Melbourne. I write about feminism, violence against women, misogyny and pop culture. In my writing, I try to challenge the habits of complacency and apology that have formed part of the ever replicating backlash over the last decade. I'm not interested in placating men about their intentions or feminist credentials. I won't hand out cookies and rewards, and I advise other women to adopt a similar stance. My experience has shown me that this is a far more effective way of creating change than reinforcing comfort - we are only encouraged to interrogate our privilege when we are made to feel uncomfortable about it.

Like most feminists, I have often been told that I hate men. I'm no longer interested in denying that claim. People will convince themselves of whatever they like in order to avoid making changes to their own lives, and it's beneath all of us to waste precious time and energy trying to convince naysayers that feminism is a nice, non threatening movement that won't impact their lives in any way. It will. That's the point - to substantially alter the structures of power and privilege that favour certain groups over others and perpetuate inequality and oppression. I'm not afraid of acknowledging that, and summarily ignoring the taunts of people who find this threatening.

I don't speak or write about feminism in order to convince men or sway them to my point of view. I do it because I want to let other women know that it's okay to speak up and to be angry and to tell the truth about their lives. Also, women are fucking funny and rad and I want to hear more from them and less from men.

With that in mind, here I am, launching my first Patreon account. It's something I've wrestled with for awhile. I have a regular job and am very fortunate to make a living (currently) from being a writer. So this isn't an account to fund or support my lifestyle.

But here's what I want to do with any money pledged. I want to create a regular feminist podcast with an Australian flavour that covers humour, politics, pop culture and what's happening online. I want to profile the work of other women, with a widespread commitment to diversity - Aboriginal women, disabled women, trans women, women of colour and so on and so forth. I want to use the platform that I have to help increase the platform of others, especially the women who don't look like me. Yes, there are lots of feminist podcasts already - but I figure the more women we have making content and taking up airwaves, the better!

In order to make this podcast work and be as professional as possible, I want to hire a producer. Yes, hire. As in, this will be a paid position. (To clear up any confusion, I will also be paying myself for my time too - women's work is chronically undervalued and financial equality and independence is one of the cornerstones of women's empowerment).

I will also pay guests who feature on the show.

This is something I'm very committed to. In Australia, it seems to be regular radio industry practice not to pay guests for their time or expertise. When the vast majority of radio presenter positions are held by men (70%), the illusion of gender equity is created by incorporating unpaid female voices on-air. This is bullshit, and I don't want to participate in that kind of exploitation. Every guest will be paid, and the payment will be made transparently.

This is where you all come in. I am passionate about moving forward with this project, but I can't do it alone. The more ongoing pledges I have, the better my ability to pay people and the more frequently we can produce the show. I'm envisioning a starting point of monthly to see how we go, but if there is a demand for a more regular production (perhaps weekly) then having the funds to do so would make this easier.

This is an entirely voluntary pledge process. My writing will still be freely available and my Facebook page will remain open so that I can connect directly with people. Once produced, this podcast will also be freely available to listen to with no subscription. There is no obligation to donate here.

But all of your donations will help me to build a better product. You can pledge to donate as little as $1 a month. With enough of you, that figure could grow into something truly substantial, and that means more money for the women I'm working with and a bigger scope for the show's possibilities.

So join me, fellow killjoys! Your pledge will be most sincerely appreciated, and I shall put in a good word for you with the feminist coven of witches so that they don't eat you.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please read Patreon's page on calculating fees. I believe they use US dollars, so if you pledge $1 a month this will be subjected to conversion rates. There is also a small surcharge to keep Patreon funded. You can read all about it here!

Please also be aware that I have set this up as a monthly pledge. If you are lovely enough to pledge a higher amount but only intend it as a one-off payment, please take care to select the right option!

One final thing: if I am lucky enough to be able to create The Misandry Hour, the first show won't conceivably be aired for at least two and maybe even three months. This is because I need to find and hire a producer, buy equipment and put all the variables into place. However, after that it will a steady monthly stream of misandry, delivered direct to your ears. 

Recent posts by Clementine Ford

Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month
40 patrons
Shout-out on Twitter with hashtag #misandryhour
Pledge $5 or more per month
30 patrons
Personal email of thanks
Pledge $10 or more per month
6 patrons
I will curse ten men in your honour.
Pledge $25 or more per month
5 patrons
I will make an MRA cry.
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons
A vat of male tears and a giant bucket of fucks you can either give or not give.
Pledge $75 or more per month
0 patrons
I will cast a spell on Tony Abbott.
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
I will send you my firstborn son to be your Baldrick.