--A zine is something I do because I have something to say and I don't care who sees it as long as it's out there.
--Being a feminist has nothing to do with my armpits or my sexuality (both are fine, thanks for asking).
--Being a feminist is NOT man-bashing. Got that? (Though I wonder if so many people ask me that because male-oriented things are usually so ferociously unfriendly and demeaning to women. Don't judge me by the boys' rules, okay? I'm a human, treat me that way.) It's working for pesky things like equal pay for equal work, abortion access, helping battered women, affirmative action, welfare rights, birth control, daycare, ending racism, healing rape victims -- there's no fucking time for man-bashing. Don't I wish there was.
Sarah Manvel. Virago #2. July 1996. Page 3.
On June 25th, join MOCA and the A/P/A Institute at NYU for a conversation about the power of social media and other technologies to create platforms for alternative aesthetics and challenge inequitable structures of production. The event features zinester and author Mimi Thi Nguyen with other highly regarded activists.
More info here.
Hey there! Check out this great new project that I (Jordan) have been working on recently: As[I]Am is a soon-to-be-launched Asian American social justice website showcasing the work of artists and activists across the US. We have a Facebook page with our mission statement and a call for submissions out. Our first deadline is March 2nd for submissions to be featured with the launch! Digital zines are gladly accepted. Additionally, any zinesters that want to participate in email interviews for As[I]Am, shoot us an email! Please send submissions and other notes to firstname.lastname@example.org – more info and submission guidelines after the jump.
Time for a road/train trip! Sarah Lawrence College will host a Queer/Feminist Zine Fest coming up on November 10th. Readings, tabling, and rad zines galore!
Deadline December 1, 2012
Jude Vachon is compiling a zine called "Dude. You. Suck." It's a zine "where women can share romantic/sexual experiences with men where they felt treated poorly" in a way that is related to gender and sexism issues. She wants to set up a dialogue between women about experiences with men in an era where men's and women's responsibilities are still not shared equally and focus on the communication gap between men and women.
There's a Feminist Zine Reading at Bluestockings featuring our zine assistant Jordan Alam and our libary school intern Elvis Bakaitis! Both are prolific and excellent zinesters. Click for more for info and check out the Facebook Event.
Mark your calendars for October 18th! At 7:00 Barnard is having a reading and panel on trans women authors featuring Donna Ostrowsky, Imogen Binnie, Red Durkin, and Ryka Aoki! The event will celebrate the release of The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard (Topside Press, 2012). The four authors will come together to read their work and discuss the future of literature, the complex ways that literary trans narratives will evolve in years to come, and their own stories of characters navigating relationships, gender, family, work, race, and more.
Go bananas! Guerrilla Girls On Tour are back on the road with “Feminists Are Funny” and “If You Can Stand the Heat: The Herstory of Women and Food” making tour stops in Indiana, Canada, Massachusetts, Florida and the West coast in 2013. For more information on bookings fe-mail email@example.com
50 Shades of Grey, the bestselling book that you caught your mother reading in the bathtub, tells of a post-grad, virginal woman's experience as a submissive in a BDSM sexual relationship. Despite her initial hesitation and isolation, she ultimately engages in her subordinate role, desirous of the painful pleasure that he concedes her.
Explicitly erotic and yet wildly popular, 50 Shades of Grey apparently taps into a specific sexual "fantasy" of many women: a lust for submission.
Well, pardon me, but I couldn't imagine a "fantasy" that seems to mirror female reality much more accurately. Is author EL James perhaps implying that women, even behind closed doors, would rather be in a poisiton of subordinance? Does she reinforce pornographic standards that women must find their own loss of control appealing? Is it wrong to find this sexual dynamic appealing? Are we reading too much into this, and do I have to keep imagining my mom in a bubble bath?
Make your voice heard about the book noone will stop talking about on Thursday, June 26th from 7-9 at Revolution Books 146 West 26th Street, Manhattan
(btw 6th & 7th Avenues, #1 to 28th St.). The discussion will be hosted by Sunsara Taylor and the Project to End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you were at Meet Me at the Race Riot earlier this year, then you had the privilegeof seeing Osa Atoe read from her amazing zine Shotgun Seamstress. She is now releasing all six issues as one box set. She's even throwing in a free mixtape! Don't miss this chance to own such an important part of zine punk history!