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I write because things are never right in my real world.  There is always something slightly off.  Morally, emotionally, etc. When I’m writing plays, I get to write multiple facets of my brain as people, places, ideal worlds. When I write poetry, I get to say what I really feel.  All of the words pour out when I can’t actually put them into real discussions.  It’s very hard for me to be vulnerable in real life, but on paper, I don’t pull punches.  Everything is true, blue, and real. So, this tattoo is for my passion. A quill behind reality’s grave. Writing has, and will always, save my mind.

Done by Jeremiah Wayne

Ace’s Tattoo

Denton, TX

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Okay so today Denton, Texas has officially made April 4th a city holiday: Doctor Who Day. There’s an actual TARDIS on the square and a beautiful variety of sonic screwdrivers you can have your picture taken with. I saw a lot of people, children and adults, in wonderful cosplay of various incarnations of the Doctor, Daleks, Queen Elizabeth, Missy, and various companions. There’s also a Doctor Who comic book exclusive to the More Fun Comics and Games store on the square, featuring Nine and the TARDIS in front of the Denton courthouse. the cover was created by a local artist, who was at More Fun Comics and Games signing covers and posters. Today was a great day for local Whovians.

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Muchacha Fanzine presents Issue #9 “Body Positivity”

This edition of Muchacha aims to challenge the mainstream white/heterosexual/able-bodied/cisgender-centric feminist movement of “body positivity.” The intention of this issue is to reclaim the term “body positivity” in a way that is inclusive of diverse voices and encourages reflectivity on how bodies can also be cause for pain, conflict, and/or healing.

This 40 page edition includes body positivity visual art, a letter to a hipster guy who would never date a vegan, a brown body at a punk show, gentrification, song lyrics, empowering poetry, body diversity in videos and tv shows, if barbie were real, body positivity from a queer, fat, trans*, chronically ill perspective, self-love collages, a roller derby story, a Southern Woman’s Bookstore announcement, and more!

If you haven’t heard, Muchacha Fanzine/the Denton Femme Fest organizers have teamed up to open the 13th feminist bookstore in the U.S.: Southern Woman’s Bookstore in Denton, Texas.

All proceeds of “Body Positivity” will be donated to Southern Woman’s Bookstore. 

We are different from other bookstores, because we place an emphasis on honoring diverse books and zines written by women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals, because we feel that marginalized voices, as these, need to be more widely represented and accessible to the community.

To learn more about Southern Woman’s Bookstore and to donate, please visit our gofundme page. You can also “like” us on facebook

Benefit Southern Woman’s Bookstore by ordering your copy of “Body Positivity” today! 

SIGNAL BOOST!!!

SOUTHERN WOMAN’S BOOKSTORE: A FEMINIST, ANTIRACIST, LGBTQ BOOKSTORE REDEFINING “SOUTHERN” FOR MARGINALIZED PEOPLE

(Activists currently fundraising to open Southern Woman’s Bookstore—Left to right: Daisy Salinas, Darci McFarland, and Patience Osume)

Every night when I lay in bed, I imagine the powerful ways in which Southern Woman’s Bookstore & Community Center could offer a literary, artistic, and cultural safe space for women, people of color, queer people, transgender folks, immigrants, Muslims, and more.

The South desperately needs more safe spaces for us. We are aware that the “South” or Southern U.S, geographically located in the southeast of the United States, has several negative connotations. The following illustrate 11 of these. 

  1. The word “Southern” takes us back to the horrifying history of the American South— of the subjugation and enslavement of Black Americans and the removal and murder of Native Americans, (which also occurred in the North).
  2. “Southern” takes us back to the Confederacy, the seven slave states in the South whose economy and politics was based on slavery.
  3. “Southern” takes us back to Jim Crow segregation, lynchings, horrific discrimination of people of color on social, political, and economic levels.
  4. “Southern” makes us think of the new New Jim Crow segregation that continues today in this country, especially in the South.
  5. “Southern” makes us think of the criminalization and incarceration of people of color.
  6. “Southern” makes us think of the women in the South who do not have access to reproductive resources.
  7. “Southern” makes us think of the sexual and domestic violence that disproportionately affects those living in the South.
  8. “Southern” makes us think of the undocumented immigrants who are shot at the border, criminalized, sexually assaulted, separated from their families, and deported.
  9. “Southern” makes us think of hate crimes and institutional homophobia & transphobia being committed again queer, trans*, and gender non-conforming people.
  10. “Southern” makes us think of the hostile anti-Muslim attacks on Islamic centers and Mosques and others acts of discrimination against Muslims.
  11. “Southern” makes us think of the conservative lawmakers that reinforce discrimination and inequality against marginalized people in both overt and covert ways.

This list of what might cross our minds when we hear the word “Southern” is not all encompassing and does not end here.

But what if our home is located in a red Southern state? What can we do to change our generation from repeating mistakes of the past that have occurred and continue to occur in the South?

Living in the South is not a monolith. Many of us are not conservative, and are instead radically building ways to resist oppression within a geographic location that desperately needs a social transformation.

We believe that Southern Woman’s Bookstore and Community Center can begin a dialogue for change by redefining “Southern” for marginalized people living in the South who are fighting against bigotry and enacting social change on various levels.

Considering that the racist, sexist, homophobic, classist, transphobic, and Islamaphobic Southern laws and Southern lawmakers that exist do not reflect our beliefs, Southern communities can be transformed into places that challenge the status quo and reflect our own stories. For us, Southern Woman’s Bookstore offers this possibility.

Supporting our vision of opening Southern Woman’s Bookstore will help make a positive difference to the North Texas community, because we would provide a safe space where we can educate and empower one another via diverse books & zines, powerful art, and important activist causes. 

To learn more, check out Southern Woman’s Bookstore’s first zine here or here. You can also visit our website and “like” us on facebook.

Please consider taking part in the creation of a literary and activist safe space by donating here

In Solidarity Always,

Daisy Salinas 
SouthernWomansBookstore@gmail.com

We would be forever grateful if you could signal boost this project! 

This is a very Texas-specific pet peeve, but…

I am so sick of people in Austin bragging that they’re the only good thing in Texas. Acting like Austin is this fucking liberal nirvana and anyone who is in Texas NEEEEDS to be in Austin if they ever hope to feel safe or happy.

Fuck. Off.

I’m in the Dallas area and spent a good deal of time living in Denton. Denton has been playfully described as a “mini-Austin”, and I see where they’re coming from. Believe it or not this whole area has PLENTY OF LIBERALS. Plenty of awesome people. Atheists, pagans, non-Christians, Christians that are actually pretty cool, etc. We have clubs and big poly support groups and pagan gatherings and parties and everything people never want to believe non-Austin-Texas has.

Austin is not the only ~enlightened~ fucking place in Texas, it is not where “all” Texas liberals live, and the rest of Texas is not some sort of bible-thumping Jesus Camp disguised as a state.

Do those people exist? Sure. But honestly in the DFW area I notice they tend to hang out in the smaller towns outside of the city and IN THE CITY ITSELF things are FINE. You run into the occasional asshole but (and here’s the dirty little secret) THOSE PEOPLE ARE EVERYWHERE. They are not ALL in the South, they are not ALL in Texas, they are not ALL avoiding Austin. Because assholes ARE IN AUSTIN TOO. There’s not some gatekeeper there saying “sorry, no Republicans allowed, and if you don’t have tattoos and support organic food and local music we discourage you from Austin too”

So please, Austin people, shut up. Your city isn’t perfect. Dallas is pretty awesome too. I’m sure other cities I haven’t even been too are also cool. Other Texas cities are full of amazing people and “scenes” and resources for us heathens, all that sort of thing. You have your own assholes, your own bigots, your racists and sexists and conservative assholes, all that jazz.

And people OUTSIDE of Texas? Shut up entirely. You do not know my state, you do not know the people in it, all you know is “well I hear Austin’s the only good city so I’m going to just say with authority that it’s true” - fuck off.

I am happy in the Dallas area. The weather is harsh, it’s difficult to get around due to poor public transportation, it’s imperfect and people constantly ask why I bother staying when I could “give up” and go somewhere more stereotypically liberal… but you know why I happily stay? THE PEOPLE. THE STEREOTYPICALLY LIBERAL PEOPLE who want to stay so Texas can eventually grow and change.

This has been your Texas-centric rant of the day. Carry on. :P



(note: this rant is about social aspects of the cities, not government or politics which is its own bag of issues entirely)

DENTON, TEXAS- SUPPORT Small Town Grrrl rock/punk/jazz/hip hop/spoken word/comedy/zines/reproductive autonomy/empowerment!

In celebration of the artistic contributions of local women, we present Denton TX’s Second Annual Femme Fest. This event is intended to celebrate and honor the artistic contributions and talents of rising local female artists who are often underrepresented in their communities.

This year we are benefiting the amazing Cicada Collective, a local group of Reproductive Justice Organizers who aim to provide access to reproductive resources for local communities who do not have access to these resources such as communities of color, the LGBTQ community along with undocumented, incarcerated or criminalized people. 

This event will also be the premiere of Muchacha Fanzine’s 8th issue “Nuestros Cuerpos/Our Bodies.” If you would like to submit poetry, short stories, essays, visual art, photography, comics, rants, etc. concerning reproductive rights please email your submissions to Daisy at Riotgrrrl56@yahoo.com by Thursday, November 14th.

To donate to our event visit our kickstarter page.



A very interesting blog brought to you by We Denton Do It:

August is the month when we have to stop shopping at Kroger. It also happens to be the month when Denton is filled to the brim with fresh-faced UNT and TWU students. As these students attempt to grow out their first beards and lady-beards, they also miss out on a lot of cool stuff because they just didn’t know any better.

The following list of secrets, tips and tricks about Denton is for those uninformed youngsters. Read through the lot of ‘em. If you didn’t know one or two of them, it’s new to you, also. Feel free to add your own tips and tricks to the comments section of this post and inform us, too!

List of Denton Tips

1. Dan’s Silvleaf has delicious dinners served by Pam Chittenden, chef of the Wildwood Inn’s 4-star restaurant (who also happens to be Dan Mojica’s wife), every Wednesday evening at around 6ish (while we’re at it, get used to hearing the word “around” and the suffix “-ish.” They’re used a lot in town). Dinner is $11, but only $10 if your bring your own plate. Pamfood, as it’s known, sells out quick, so get there with your plate in hand early if you want topnotch grub for cheap. 

 2. The Greenhouse has delicious fried olives that aren’t on the menu, but are available upon request. Also, there’s free jazz every Monday and Thursday evening at about 10pm at the Greenhouse.

3. Denton Public Library, of which there are three locations in town, has an excellent DVD and audiobook selection. And for those of you who are ditching Netflix this month, you can even start your own movie queue online and have an almost-constant supply of movies awaiting you every time you walk in. There is a limit of 10 DVDs at a time available to checkout and the default checkout time is 1 week. 

4. If you like movies, but don’t like spending money, The Movie Tavern has $3 students discounts every Monday and Thursday. Also, the Movie Tavern plays awesome classic and cult movies during their Retro Cinema showings every weekend. Click here for the schedule. 

5. If you get lost inside Recycled Books, follow the sign for “Astrology” books for about a mile and you will eventually end up in the bathroom at Rubber Gloves.

6. You would not guess from the interior (or exterior, for that matter), but Banter has a delicious selection of food for lunch and dinner including cherry couscous, gyros and some of the best sandwiches in Denton. Also, if you call ahead (and have enough people) they have a special tapas menu available that is also yummy.

7. The organic section inside Drug Emporium far outclasses The Cupboard in value, but lacks a large bulk selection. 

8. Make it out to Denton Thrift.  They offer cool clothes at reasonable prices.  If you peruse blogs likePsiMadeThis you can find the base products at Denton Thrift and then fake your way to semi-rural sartorial stardom.  

9. Taco Lady has the best tacos if you’re willing to go all the way across the tracks.  One could also make an argument for La Sabrocita on Dallas drive, too.

10. Do NOT go to Sukho Thai. 

11. For those willing to brave fake flowers, vines, and old ladies: The Chestnut Tree has the best chicken salad sandwich in Denton… possibly DFW. Must have with homemade beer bread. They also have great pie AND free homemade mini muffins while you’re waiting on your order. 

12. Midway Mart and Metzler’s have the best selection of beer in town.  

13. The Garage has the best Happy Hour, featuring $.50 wells and drafts.

14. Wine2 can always give you great wine recommendations. 

15. FOR THE LADIES: Don’t accept drinks from strangers on Fry St unless you want to end up spending the next day getting an emergency “check up.”

16. For the Guys: There are a lot of pretty girls in Denton. 487,152 of ‘em, to be exact. They’re cute, confusing, reticent and into bands you like, too. Choose the one that has the problems you’re willing to deal with and stick with her. A keeper usually has a cat or dog with a funny name and lots of cool stuff you didn’t even know existed in her apartment.  

17. Contrary to people belief, Denton is still a small town. If you kiss too many different people and don’t call them back, you can’t go to Dan’s anymore and that’s your loss. Also, some house parties are going to be pretty weird, too.  

18. That being said, go to house parties. They’re fun and there’s usually some good bands playing.  

19. Ravelin Bakery. 

20. Don’t go to Cups and Crepes if you’re in a hurry. If you’re not, it’s great. Stick around and get the ricotta and fresh berry crepes. They have one of the best lattes in town, too. Don’t go stingy on coffee there. 

21. Use the A-Train. It’s there for a reason. 

22. Go to Andaman and have the poached banana in coconut cream for dessert. Thank us later. 

23. Go to the Tuesday Bike Night if you’re a bike bro/broette and you need to meet other similar fixie-minded people.  They meet at the UNT Language Building every Tuesday at 9pm. 

24. If you’re looking for booze, the closest place to town is Buckeye Cut Rate Liquor in Lake Dallas. Unfortunately, this place has the ambience of those Calvin Klein ads from the 90s. If you’re looking for a larger selection (and don’t want to worry about STDs living on the side of your bottles) drive to Paradise Liquor and Spirits in Justin instead.

25. When you’re coming back up from Paradise Liquor, take 377 back into town and on your way stop at Cachette Bakery for the best cupcakes in Denton County. 

26. Don’t drive past 288 or 35 on 380 unless you’re headed to the Greenbelt and even that is full of snakes, mosquitoes and malaria. It’s still fun, though!

27. Don’t worry about giving Ramen Republic a try. It’s not worth it. #IeatatRamenRepublicwhen

28. In addition to having one of only two Cuban sandwiches in town, the Pourhouse has a very nice patio overlooking Unicorn Lake. 

29. Contrary to popular belief, there’s an actual Unicorn living in Unicorn lake.  It guards a crystal of magnificent power called the Unicron. Each year, the most alternative person in Denton is awarded use of the Unicron for one semester.

30. Cafe Du Luxe is pretty great all around and from 4 to 7PM every Monday through Friday, all of their appetizers are half price and beer and house wines are $1 off. 

Texas City Votes To Ban Fracking

On Tuesday, voters in Denton, Texas, banned fracking within the city limits by a large margin of 59 to 41. The first such restriction in energy-giant Texas, Denton has been a hotly contested site for the industry and one of eight locales with fracking bans on the ballot this election. 

A city of about 125,000 residents located 35 miles northwest of Dallas, Denton sits atop the Barnett shale and already has some 275 fracked wells. 

“Hydraulic fracturing, as determined by our citizens, will be prohibited in the Denton city limits,” Mayor Chris Watts said in a statement, “the City Council is committed to defending the ordinance and will exercise the legal remedies that are available to us should the ordinance be challenged.”

Topher Jones, of Denton, Texas, Edward Hartmann, of Dallas and Angie Holliday of Denton, Texas, hold a campaign sign outside city hall, in Denton, Texas in July, 2014.

Texas is the nation’s biggest oil and gas producer, and the vote shows that even cities in the heart of fossil fuel territory can take action to slow the industry. Those who voted for the ban worry about water and air pollution, the heavy demand for water, and the possibility that the process causes earthquakes. Researchers recently found alarming amounts of heavy metals such as arsenic in groundwater near fracking sites in Texas. 

Another high-profile fracking ban in Santa Barbara County, California failed to pass on Tuesday after the oil and gas industry spent close to $6 million opposing it. However a similar version in California’s San Benito County overcame oil and gas opposition and passed by a large margin, 57 percent to 43 percent. As of late Tuesday night, the third fracking ballot ban in California’s Mendocino County was leading by a large margin. 

In Ohio, voters in Athens approved a fracking ban, while those in three other communities defeated their own ban ballot measures, according to preliminary results reported by the Wall Street Journal.