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 .

Madison InfoShop

The Madison InfoShop, a radical resource center in Madison, WI, is launching a digital zine library and oral history project. Get a summary and volunteer info.

The weather has been a bit cold lately, but Spring is on its way! I was inspired by the Papercut Zine Library's post on gardening zines and decided to share a few zines for the nice weather ahead!

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!

Immigration and Nationality

Are you looking for zines on nationality and transition? Do you have any zines to add to the list? Click here to go to CUNY's blog to see Alycia Sellie's growing list of zines!

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This conference on Thursday, April 5th  at Parsons: The New School For Design will consider feminist art as a zone of multi-disciplinary art production associated with a radical critique of gendered power relations in society. Speakers include Susan Bee, A. K. Burns, Audrey Chan, Maureen Connor, Caitlin Rueter & Suzanne Stroebe and Ulrike Müller. Free admission!

Everyone should take a look at Coloring Outside the Lines, a zine by women of color activists at UCSC in Santa Cruz available online!

Small Works for Big Change, the annual benefit event supporting the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), will be held at 6pm Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Jack Studios in New York. Now in its seventh year, this vibrant annual celebration reflects the radical spirit of SRLP and the experimental energy of some of New York’s most innovative contemporary artists, both established and emerging. 100% of the event’s proceeds will benefit SRLP’s advocacy work for transgender communities. The event is free and open to the public.

Click more for lists of artists and musicians!

Pandora Press is the Swansea Feminist Network zine.  It is a publication written by and for intelligent creative women, which represents what the SFN is all about! You can get involved in any way – get more info on their website!

The Denver Zine Library is doing a fundraiser

Support the Denver Zine Library!

They are doing a one month fundraiser and would love your help caring and sharing for zines. The money will be used for workshops, exciting events, and supplies for a whole year! Donate here and keep an eye out for videos from around the country where people tell their stories about why they love the Denver Zine Library.


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