feminist-zines

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 Reviving Riot Grrrl Press.

Ok. So I am doing this..RIOT GRRRL PRESS WAS A ZINE DISTRO IN THE 1990S.This is a catalog from 1998. & This is also how I want to run RGP BUT i don’t want it to be women only. I, of course, want to include people who identify as trans & male feminists as well. (I do know a few people from the zine scene back then that this applies to)

So I am going to start building a distro, I’ll work on getting a site made & of course, I need people to send me stuff. I want to do the flat/unstapled master copy thing but i will pay you for postage to send it  to me & for printing your zine for me OR  I will trade stuff with you for copies your zines! (i have plenty of zines,art, pins, stickers to trade…just check out my etsy store: TheEscapistArtist.Etsy.Com) And if you do want to just donate anything that would be great too! I plan to sell zines individually but may also sell them in zine packs (however many issues of a zine that i have will be in a zine pack. My old zine “Veronica Lodge"for example could be in a 6 pack because there were 6 issues!) And there will be zine grab bags as well. I’m also thinking that i could include newer zines in the grab bags just get some of those out there. But the distro will focus on zines from 1990- 2000.
  Right now I’m still in the process of getting organized & i will try to contact the people that said they were interested in submitting zines sometime this week! Any opinions & advice about this will be greatly appreciated!!!! PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD! Thanks!!! CONTACT ME HERE: MrsNoggle@Yahoo.Com    xoxoxo Jolie Ruin

Miss us? Then we have some good news - Trump and all his horrors have brought us back to life for a special edition issue!

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we want to remind you that loving and caring for yourself is essential. Amid all the madness and protests, the threats to your safety and rights, these needs may fall by the wayside. But when we’re led by a president who wants us to hate ourselves and each other, self-love and care are not only necessary, they’re radical.

With that, we invite you to submit your art and writing on the topic by February 10th. Send to basementbabeszine@gmail.com and be sure to include the name you’d like to be credited with in the body of the email.

We can’t wait to see what you’ve got!

After an extended hiatus, my zine wife Amber and I are happy to report that our Etsy store is back open! Also, after much labor, printing snafus, and other unforeseen mishaps, our 4th issue in the Native American Feminist Musings series is now available: Empower Yoself Before You Wreck Yoself #2! This issue includes: my first ever comic featuring Rez Cat taking on #NoDapl, an interview with Cecely Todacheenie about being a skating badass, plus lots of poetry, artwork, photography, short stories and more. Also, thank you to all of the wonderful ladies who submitted and were willing to share their vulnerabilities and strengths with us. Tatum Bowie, Kogee Clark, Jessica Gonzales, Bree Manson, Erica S. Qualy and Eryn Wise, sending you all much love and light. Amber and I are also happy to announce that our zines are now available in eBook format which are easily downloadable. But if you’re old-school and still prefer a paper copy, we have those available in black and white with a free button to boot. And lastly, this zine is dedicated to those at Standing Rock, the Attawapiskat youth and the missing and murdered Indigenous women of Canada. Happy Galentine’s Day! Ahehee’!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/498121068/ezine-empower-yoself-before-you-wreck?ref=shop_home_active_1

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CAll FOR SUBMISSIONS 

♀♀♀ WITCHES HEAL: We Are the Weirdos, Mister ♀♀♀

We use magic, ritual, ceremony, astrology, and herbs to heal, transform and care for our bodies and the lives we choose to make together. The non-normative ritual brings comfort to our non-normative identities.The magic we make is weaves its way through our practices with healing cultures. This zine is interested in the queer and feminist art that heals and soothes you. We think about magic as serendipitous, radical world-making and non-normative. We centre our practices for healing, but we know healing is not a linear process. This is a call for your feminist queer witch healing magic. 

These are our spells to bind ourselves against the rich, ableist, heterosexist, white supremacist patriarchy! 

Now is the time

This is the hour

Ours is the magic

Ours is the power

SUBMIT: feministwitchesheal@gmail.com

250 word artists statement

Project Description (250-500 words): The project description should give a clear and concrete description of the work you are proposing for the zine. 

For images - jpeg format. 

Revisionist feminist histories of witch burnings emerged across the 1970s, such as Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English’s contentious theory that witches were in fact female healers eliminated by the medical establishment. More recently, the Italian feminist Silvia Federici has examined the connection between capitalism and the disciplining of the female body in her work Caliban and the Witch (2004).





Context and history are key: 

“What has not been recognized is that the witch-hunt was one of the most important events in the development of capitalist society and the formation of the modern proletariat. For the unleashing of a campaign of terror against women, unmatched by any other persecution, weakened the resistance of the European peasantry to the assault launched against it by the gentry and the state, at a time when the peasant community was already disintegrating under the combined impact of land privatization, increased taxation, and the extension of state control over every aspect of social life. The witch-hunt deepened the divisions between women and men, teaching men to fear the power of women, and destroyed a universe of practices, beliefs, and social subjects whose existence was incompatible with the capitalist work discipline, thus redefining the main elements of social reproduction.”  - Silvia Federici, Caliban and The Witch

“Women have always been healers. They were the unlicensed doctors and anatomists of western history. They were abortionists, nurses and counsellors. They were pharmacists, cultivating healing herbs and exchanging the secrets of their uses. They were midwives, travelling from home to home and village to village. For centuries women were doctors without degrees, barred from books and lectures, learning from each other, and passing on experience from neighbours to neighbour and mother to daughter. They were called “wise women” by the people, witches or charlatans by the authorities. Medicine is part of our heritage as women, our history, our birthright. “ - Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English 

“It is perhaps not surprising, then, that 19th- and 20th-century women’s liberation movements turned to the history of witch burnings to express the continuing plight of women living within the patriarchy. Witches were a symbol of the suppression of female power and the female body. The early suffragist Matilda Gage published Woman, Church, and State in 1893, tracing female persecution through the witchcraze. Later on in the 1960s, the American women’s liberation group W.I.T.C.H (Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell) drew on wiccan practices for political stunts, dressing up as witches and hexing Wall Street.Now artists are turning to witchcraft and magic, setting up covens, writing spells, and organizing workshops in practical magic and feminism. Just this past February, WITCH, a Chicago-based performance collective inspired by the original women’s liberation group, staged a “ritual performance” to protest unfair housing practices in a local neighborhood.” Why Witchcraft Is Making a Comeback in Art, Izabella Scotts”

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‘One Beat Zines’ Are a Self-Publishing Feminist Powerhouse

Comic artists Julia Scheele and Sarah Broadman head up One Beat, so I sat down with them to discuss the formation of the collective and the rise of independent publishing in the UK.

VICE: How did the formation of One Beat come about?
Sarah Broadman: We wanted to have an outlet that was fun. We knew, after putting together Double Dare Ya, that we wanted it to be a place where people who aren’t on the comic scene could bring work. It can be difficult to get creative things out there; we just want to be a vehicle for people to do that.

Julia Scheele: At zine fairs, girls would ask me how you get started making zines and comics. I found myself trying to explain to them how I started, which was just to grab a pen and paper and put something shitty together.

Continue

Let me have a moment here with those of you who have no idea the price your First and Second Wave Sisters paid so you could enjoy the benefits of saying you are not a feminist. Less than 40 years ago a woman could not get a credit card unless her husband co-signed for it. It has been less than 30 years since women have been allowed entry into graduate programs. Sister, someone cleared that path for you and paid dearly for it.

- P.J. Goodman, Pirate Jenny

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Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in my zine, “I Don’t Have to Put Up With This Shit! I’m a Fucking UNICORN!: A Queer Self-Care Coloring and Activity Book” zine [issue #1]

I will be releasing issue #2 in the Glitterwurst coloring book series in July. “So, Life is Hard: Queer Self-Affirmations and Coloring Book” zine [issue #2]

Keep checking back because I have other way cool zines in the works, “All In Your Head: Queerness, Neurodivergence, and Disability,” “Queer (Recovering) Catholic,” and “I Just Have a Lot of Feelings: A Big Queer Coloring Book of Feelings” [issue #3].

To get your copy of issue #1 in the GlitterWurst coloring book series check out my store: 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/233595810/im-a-fing-unicorn-queer-self-care?ref=shop_home_feat_3

I don’t own any of the images featured. I only compiled them. I’m kind of over it.

I am so excited to finally announce the release of Muchacha Fanzine’s “Decolonize Travel”!!! Decolonizing travel means to challenge and resist the mainstream travel culture that reinforces colonial oppression. In this 45 page issue you will find essays, poetry, photography, visual art, short stories, and a comic all related to socially conscious traveling! Themes range from ethical travel practices, colonialist tourism, western/white savior complex, diaspora, indigeneity, racism, colorism, identity/privilege, imperialism, cultural reconnection, reimagining travel, and more. This zine is for anyone interested in reflecting on ways to resist colonialist traveling all while examining their own role as travelers. 

 
Check out a copy on my etsy! 🌵

Call for Submissions!

All new zine -  Queering “Choice”: Trans and Queer Stories of Abortion

Queer and trans people do have abortions and our stories are often left out of reproductive justice conversations. In this compilation zine, we will feature essays, stories, and creative works written by trans and queer people doing reproductive justice activism and trans/queer folks who have undergone an abortion procedure. We are seeking submissions that address this gap in the conversation and seek submissions that address the following themes/topics:

-Trans and queer first-person narratives of abortion
-Trans and queer abortion activism, abortion doula stories
-The intersection of gender affirmation care and abortion care
-Methods for cultivating greater gender inclusivity in abortion care services
-Critiques of abortion services as highly gendered processes (particularly as they center cis women’s realities and needs)
-Have an idea not listed here? Send us an email with your suggestion.

NOTE: GlitterWurst Zines is an explicitly queer and feminist pro-choice collective. Please note that we will automatically reject any submissions with racist, sexist, classist, ableist, homophobic, biphobic, transphobic etc content. Moreover, we will not tolerate any content that denies pregnant people full range of bodily autonomy and choices regarding pregnancy, labor, and/or parenting. We do not expect that all abortion stories will be happy, positive ones simply because we are pro-choice. In fact, we expect that trans and queer narratives of abortion will add much needed complexity to conversations about reproductive justice. We welcome all experiences and stories as long they do not violate our basic feminist/queer principles and values.

Send submissions and contributor bios to: glitterwurstzines@gmail.com before August 31st, 2016. For written submissions, please use Microsoft Word and submit your writing in .doc or .docx format. (Please try to limit submissions to 1500 words. We are flexible. Let us know if you need a little extra space.) For artwork, please attach high resolution .jpg images to your email. Please include a title for your artwork and feel free to share any information you think would be pertinent for readers to know about your piece (i.e.: medium, location, tools used). Contributors have the option of sharing a short bio or publishing their work anonymously. All contributors will receive a free copy!

The Riot Grrrl Manifesto!

(Published in 1991 in the second Bikini kill zine)

*Watch Kathleen Hanna reading the RG Manifesto here! 

*Riot Grrrl day proclamation