In support of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2018, here is an annotated bibliography of zines that reflect and share experiences with disordered eating from people of various genders, races, ethnicities, and ages. There is also a section devoted to body positivity and working towards building a loving self-image.
All of the zines mentioned in this zineography can be found at the LeFrak Center in Barnard Hall or requested from offsite to be read in the Barnard Archive and Special Collections. You can browse the open stacks for our circulating zines and borrow them from the circulation desk. If we only have one copy of a zine, it is non-circulating and must be read in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections reading room. To request access to a Special Collections zine, email firstname.lastname@example.org by 11 AM Wednesday for use on the following Friday-Thursday.
Contact Zine Librarian Jenna Freedman for information about zines and the Barnard Zine Library email@example.com.
Bashir, Eliza. Anorexia Nervosa New York, 2013.
Call Number: Zines B374a 2013
High schooler Eliza examines eating disorders by collaging ads from women's magazines. She provides statistics about eating disorders and ends with messages of positivity for those struggling.
Bruso, Jenny. Not Sorry. San Diego, 2005.
Call Number: Zines S25n
Riot grrrl and eating disorder survivor Jenny writes essays and anecdotes about being an activist and her struggles with mental disorders. She also talks about fatphobia.
Courtney. This Fortified Day. Independence, 2005. Call Number: Zines C687t
In this personal zine, the author discusses her childhood eating disorder, the media portrayal of riot grrrl on the show Roseanne, body image, and includes some of her own poetry.
E., Iris, Tea-Rex, Sarah, and Rachel. Pathologize This!: a zine about mental health. Montreal, 2008.
Call Number: Zines T437p
Pathologize This! shares people's mostly autobiographical stories of their experiences with mental illness. Issue 1 chronicles life with obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, alcoholism, chronic pain, depression, anxiety disorders, and as a sexual abuse survivor. There is also an essay about Elliott Smith and how many people use music to cope with illness. Issue 2 features writings on Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, manic depression, unnecessarily prescribed medications, suicide attempts, and the story of an artist turning their an anxiety disorder into a project.
Elaine, K.C. Eating Disorder Education.
Call Number: Zines K34e
This political zine written by a woman with a history of an eating disorder takes on myths about EDs and deals with media representation and recovery from eating disorders. Utilizing poetry, personal narrative, drawings, and essays, the author- a model- seeks to redefine eating disorders by focusing on less represented EDs like body dysmorphia, NOS (not otherwise specified) and those suffered by men. The first issue deals with the author's personal narrative, including church involvement and insensitive comments she has heard in her struggle as well as Pro-Ana websites and their role in recovery. The second issue deals more with models and popular culture, including the story of a Utah model named Meg at the Center for Change clinic, articles from the website Gawker, Susan Sontag's work, and the death of model Luisel Ramos. The author points readers to websites like www.something-fishy.org and reprints pieces from the site as well as from the site www.biteback.org, which focus on eating disorder recovery.
Grey, Nyxia. Everything. Is. Fine. No. 1. Salem, 2014.
Call Number: Zines G7496e no. 1
In Nyxia's personal zine, she, a research librarian and practicing witch, writes essays and makes collages about difficult experiences she's had in her life. In issue 1, she writes about her struggles with anorexia and bulimia and discusses her difficulties with accepting her own body while desiring another one. She also writes about moving from Indiana to Salem, Massachusetts alone.
Katie. Dark Throat. Santa Rosa, 2013.
Call Number: Zines K275d
This boy crazy personal zine consists of diary entries from Katie's teenage years, both high school and college. In them, she describes her struggle with bulimia and body image, as well as her many romantic relationships.
Moses, Judy. Junk/food. Syracuse, 2003.
Call Number: Zines J84j
Judy discusses eating disorders and her relationships with her partner and daughter in this handwritten personal zine. In issue four, after her stay in a mental hospital Judy begins a treatment plan and develops methods of moving towards recovery for her bulimia. She writes about her relationship with her boyfriend, as they break up and get back together again. Her daughter Eska plays a prominent role throughout, and Judy recounts the story of giving birth to her in Paris. She reviews books and zines. She switches between diary entries (some from her LiveJournal) and anecdotes and includes pictures.
P., Cynthia. Adele. San Francisco, 1996.
Call Number: Zines P756a
Cynthia discusses the history of her eating disorder and vents some emotions. She writes about topics including the beginning of her bulimia in high school, drug use, searching for routine, her gall bladder surgery, regret, healing, and therapy. The zine contains mostly typed text, with a few hand-drawn illustrations.
Plum, Hilary. My. Storrs, 1996.
Call Number: Zines P4864m
This zine is about food and eating. In issue one, 16-year-old Hilary writes about Thanksgiving and her nostalgia for Big Stuff Oreos. She includes recipes, poems, and journal entries from her experience with anorexia and recovery. This zine features a color penciled eggplant on the cover.
Rogel, Aren. My Straight-Faced Twin. Issues 1, 2. Pittsburgh, 1996.
Call Number: Zines R64m
In this typewritten perzine, Aren Rogal, 14 when she published issue two of MSFT, writes about junior high, her struggle with bulimia, identifying as a lesbian, religion, public education, and music. Aren includes an interview with the riot grrrl band Sal Supermodel, a story of her attending a conservation church's service, lots of a zine reviews, and a book review of Mary Pipher's "Reviving Ophelia." In the second issue, Aren comes out to her family and struggles with homophobic school peers. She shares her feelings on low self-esteem, her relationship with her mom and food, her crush on a straight girl, and her sister's assault. The zine also contains essays by her friends including one about feeling ugly, a poem about anger, and an essay about betrayal. There is a soundtrack list and reading recommendations.
Violet, Ponyboy. ANAlog: Dispatches on D.I.Y. Anorexia Recovery. Northampton, 2013.
Call Number: Zines P669a
Genderqueer zinester Ponyboy Violet writes about their personal experience with anorexia and the western medical approach for a cure. In issue 1, they focus on anorexia as a part of their identity and write about the unhelpful psych wards they resided in. They are vegan in solidarity with beings who are trapped, which is a feeling that anorexia nervosa and western culture has given them. In issue 2, Ponyboy goes to Thailand to teach English as a way to begin recovering in a place where there are no scales and new foods they haven't memorized the nutrition facts of. They started working against an oppressive government with radical Burmese activists. The zines include collages, art, handwriting and letters.
Walsh, Jenna. Out of Order. Issues 1, 3. Cedar Falls, 1999.
Call Number: Zines W3574o
This quarter-size zine contains poetry and prose about loneliness, eating disorders, relationships, death, anxiety, and art. In issue one, Jen Walsh reflects on her growth into the person she is at the time of the zine. She lists life lessons she has gleaned from influential people in her life, discusses her atheist views, critiques the negative connotations of "fat," and shares her poems. Jen is 16 in issue three and battling eating disorders and isolation.
Alam, Jordan. Body/Self-image: a perzine companion to part III of “J’s extemporaneous Speaking project.” Bellevue, 2010.
Call Number: Zines A436j
In her short hand-drawn and written perzine, Jordan reflects on her body and self-image, and describes the activities she likes doing, like playing tennis, roller derby, and being a supervillain.
Doyle, Lucy. Danger! Hole No. 3: My Body’s Image. Lincoln Park, 2007.
Call Number: Zines D695d
Queer riot grrrl Lucy Doyle's feminist and DIY-themed zine is about body image and acceptance. Articles include pieces about body acceptance and ana/mia websites, Barbie, and a series of submissions on body image by her friends.
Gilbert, Rebecca. Verboslammed. Issue 8. Portland, 1996.
Call Number: Zines R424v no.8
Issue 8 focuses on body image and fat positivity and includes an article from Nomy Lamm's zine, I'm So Fucking Beautiful. The cover is screenprinted; other visual elements are drawings, clip art, and zine ads.
Gomez, Sayuri. Gut. New Brunswick, 2014.
Call Number: Zines G6649g 2014z
Sayuri, a 24-year-old Mexican-American woman of color writes about encouraging body positivity in children and her experience with exercise anorexia (hypergymnasia) when she was younger. She also includes an interview with her immigrant mother about body image. The zine is illustrated with photographs and collages.
Griffen, Aral. Face. Bellingham.
Call Number: Zines G75f
Aral Griffen's feminist perzine talks philosophically and practically about complex topics such as self-doubt, fat positivity, eating disorders, critical thinking and reading, and girl love/girl power and reviews other zines.
Hartman, Crystal. Fat is Beautiful. 2006.
Call Number: Zines F353
This political zine deals with the social stigmas around being fat, reclaiming the word and offering examples, scientific facts, quotes, and statistics as to why society should accept fat people, including statistics on dieting and sex. It includes contributions from Laurie Ann Lepoff, Sondra Soloway, and an excerpt from "It's a Big Fat Revolution" by Nomy Lamm.
Perez-Darby, Shannon. From here to there and back again. Issue 1, 2. Denver, 2005.
Call Number: Zines P474f
This perzine talks about being a fat, queer, biracial Latina and the discrimination that comes with each label. Shannon, a recovering bulimic, shares personal stories about intimacy and body image, Camptrans, and being stalked while she was an exchange student in Amsterdam. Visual images include photographs, photobooth photos, art, and clip art. Issue two addresses Shannon's difficult relationship with a man, discrimination for identifying as femme in both straight and queer communities, her personal fat politics, and how her Latina identity informs her being fat. This zine contains cut and paste and a photograph of author Shannon and her friend Andie Lyons, the author of Already Too Much, Never Enough showing off their stomach tattoos.
Zineography created by Megnot Mulugeta ‘19, an assistant in the Zine Library majoring in Sociology & Africana Studies. If she had to listen to one song for the rest of her life, it would be SpottieOttieDopaliscious by Outkast.
Thank you Kathleen Niegocki, Staff Psychologist and Eating Disorder Specialist at the Furman Counseling Center for inviting library staff to highlight our ED related holdings.