Danielle Paradis at Fem 2.0 interviews Clémentine Pirlot of “The Beard”, a French feminist group who attend public events with all-male speaking lineups and crash the stage to “congratulate” the speakers on successfully keeping women out of power.
By wearing beards, we create a mirror effect and show them how ridiculous their monopoly and privileges are. We always have a text written for the precise event and call all the men on stage by their first name, usually the list is quite long and it creates a redundant effect, making people realize how many men speak at the event. The beard is the symbol of masculinity, and “La Barbe” also means “enough!” so the double meaning is perfect.
Further proof that beards are awesome.