i’m writing a brief piece for my fanzine about how personal style and mental illness interact, specifically in terms of those of us with ‘invisible disabilities’- if you have a mental illness, how does it affect the way you dress? the questions I’m posing to people are meant to be simple so they can be answered a variety of ways:
1. how would you describe your style & in what ways do you feel your relationship to mental illness manifests itself in the way you dress?
2. and how do you use clothing and appearance manipulation in terms of self care?
everything will be kept anonymous so if you’re willing to answer those questions for me, you can send the responses to my ask box (or if they’re too long, contact me for my email address!)
hey everybody! do this if you want to! it can just be a few casual sentences, and i’m keeping everything anonymous. the purpose of collecting personal accounts from people is to showcase a broad variety of situations, styles, self-care tactics, etc, to be published in a list of testimonials for other people to relate to and be inspired by. i would hate to be the only voice present in this conversation, so please submit!!
Out of the Box: Queering the Gender Binary is a compilation zine for those of us who don’t fit into neatly organized gender boxes. Whether you’re at your gender destination, traveling down a long road, or haven’t even embarked on your journey yet, living life outside of typical gender categories can be exhausting, rewarding, interesting, and invaluable. This zine seeks to showcases experiences, stories, and recollections of a wide variety of folks with an even wider variety of identifications. No matter where you’re going or where you’ve been, if you’ve lived in the between spaces, we want to hear about it! Here are some ideas to get yer creative juices flowing: - language / pronouns - how gender pertains to sexuality & the gendered nature of sexual relations - feeling outcast in various aspects of day-to-day life - whether or not to “come out” to friends/ family/ strangers - what is gained and lost when coming to identify outside of the man/woman dichotomy - assimilation vs. liberation - being of a non-binary gender at yer job - hirstory of androgyny/trans* identities - pressure to balance “masculinity” and “femininity” in actions/ characteristics/ appearance - the genderqueer community (and if there is one or not) - issues of legitimacy of identity - the trans* umbrella - queer theory in relation to gender - being erased or alienated in spaces that should be supportive - intersectionality with other identifications - and so forth! *The original submission date for this zine was March 31st, 2011. After a painfully low turnout, work on this zine was suspended for a while. Now we’re back to try one last time to make this project a reality. All submissions are requested to be sent by OCTOBER 1ST, 2011 (the sooner the better!).* Essays, rants, poems, comics, and artwork are all valuable! Please help us keep the dream of this project alive and well. If you have any questions or want to submit, please e-mail youvegotafriendinpa(at)gmail(dot)com!
Hi guys! Camden Zinefest stall applications are now open. We’ve had a lot of chapbook and small press guys, but not many… well, zinesters, really. Since stalls are free we’d like to have more DIY types. If you’d like to come, or know anyone who might, please pass on the message. http://camdenzinefest.blogspot.com/2011/05/stalls.html
Girls Get Busy zine is featured in this wonderful exhibition at Tatty Devine!
“Girls+Zines will be running throughout August at Tatty Devine Brick Lane, showcasing and celebrating zines made by girls. Come and browse the library, relax by reading and even bring your own publication to swap at the zine exchange. Barbara Ryan of BFR mag (one of our favourite zines) is the curator of this show.”