Following her return to the UK Rosie became involved in front line activism in Manchester joining Manchester Rape Crisis, becoming a regular participant in protests and marches, and immersing herself in the politically engaged gay scene fighting for rights that are taken for granted today.
However, although her time in Sudan had inspired her to take action and feel empowered as an agent of change, the highly politicised gay community in Manchester, particularly the feminist lesbian scene, became strained under its own radical weight and began to show fractures as complexities and conflicts embedded in political ideals began to take over from the light-footed collectivism that had brought women together earlier in the decade.
In this second part of the interview with Rosie, Rachel questions her about the reasons behind her withdrawal from the front line of radical feminist activism at the time and finds out more about how her performance persona emerged from a turbulent political period.
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