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I’m starting off 2016 by spending 5 hours in a hospital with one of my sisters because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
At 2:06 this morning, Sara Mutschlechner, a UNT RTVF student and Zeta Tau Alpha sister, was shot while DDing some friends from a party. The boys in the backseat had a fight with the car next to them and the car opened fire. Sara wasn’t even involved and she was the only one shot. The bullet hit her in the back of the head and she lost control of the car and hit a pole. I have no idea who called the cops or if anyone even saw the accident. Sara was barely breathing when she arrived at the hospital and has, I believe, been taken off life support to begin harvesting her organs.
If anyone has any information at all about who did this please please please call the Denton county police. You can make an anonymous tip if you are scared or a dangerous situation with someone involved in the shooting. Please come forward if you know anything at all.

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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! 

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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.

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.



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Pink Smoke played our final show at Rubber Gloves in Denton this last Friday, but before I loaded in I stopped by Taps and Caps newest location in Denton. The new location in super nice and very cozy, I had a Yellow Rose from Lone Pint and a taster of Blue Owls Van Dayum, both were delicious.

We played our set and got to watch The Mind Spiders and Big Eyes, I was floored by both bands. At home I broke out the growler of My Bloody Valentine from Alesmith and reflected on the years I have played with Pink Smoke. Great musicians, great song writers, great friends, Pink Smoke for life!