Going Out for a Picnic


Eating in public can be a fraught experience for many people, women especially. We can feel judged for what we eat, how we eat and where we eat, despite it being a very necessary activity! So to eat in public can be a potent and politically charged thing to do, on a personal and public level.

So if this action grabs you, fill a bag or basket with delicious things, get out in the sunshine (where possible in the UK!) and enjoy some food. You can add to this by discussing how you feel about food and what you find enjoyable about it, and/or how you feel about food as an element in your social and personal life. Do bear in mind that sharing these ideas with friends can be very emotive so if you’re leading a discussion be sensitive and don’t press anyone to speak (or eat) if they’d rather not. It is difficult for many people to enjoy food because of social stigma and pressure around body image, weight and health, so just enjoying a picnic with friends can be a really big deal. Enjoy. And below in comments share any thoughts and maybe pictures of your experience.

Our team member Vicky decided to gather some of her favourite foods and some friends and went out for a political picnic:

Example Political Picnic:

Vicky Chetley

Which ‘SYC Action’ did you choose and why?

I chose to combat my issues with eating in public, especially after the ‘Women Who Eat on the Tube’ facebook group I’ve been almost fearful to eat on transport. I decide to eat publicly alone, and also go out for a public picnic with friends.

How did you find your challenge?

Awesome, I felt really empowered and much better about my issue, and was inspired to go on more public picnics and share the images!

Would you encourage your friends to you this challenge?



  • This is totally ace! I myself joined the Women Who Eat Wherever the Fuck They Want protest on the tube in London (you can see a blog post about that here http://amygodfrey.com/women-who-eat-wherever-the-fuck-they-want/). I also had my very own, slightly random picnic on the tube – you can see that here: http://vimeo.com/40394280 – I thoroughly recommend it as a well good way to start conversations and use up left overs. On the downside, after a journey on the Circle Line a piece of stake gets decidedly less warm and tasty. Cold boiled potatoes anyone…?

  • Sabine

    Loved your suggestion so much that I’ve written a blog post on it: http://blog.punktkommatext.de/essen-obwohl-jemand-zuguckt/

    It’s in German, I’m afraid – but at least it spreads the idea!
    Thanks for your website (and thanks for fixing it for Firefox). I’ll definitely have more than one look around!

    • ShapeYourCulture

      Thank you for flagging it up – I should have checked Firefox! 🙂 And my browser translated the post which is ace! Thanks again, Jo