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For the past ten years, QZAP has managed an archive and free online database that preserves queer history, encourages queer creators and makes queer zines more widely accessible. You can help the project survive and grow (and get some cool stuff in return) by donating via paypal, mail, or other means - learn more at their website!
NEW DEADLINE call for submissions! hoax #8: feminisms & MYTHOLOGIES
please note: due to recent relocations and life changes, we have decided to postpone the deadline for next issue of hoax to december 15th, 2012.
the topic of hoax #8 will be feminisms and MYTHOLOGIES. we are eager for feminists of all backgrounds & genders to submit!
potential ideas for material include, but are not limited to:
Language: storytelling and folklore (creating and supporting women’s narratives outside of academia / archetypes of men and women / the ways knowledge gets passed down from generation to generation / the role of fantasy in understanding); the academic industrial complex & what types of knowledge / intelligence are valued; transforming language; role of art in modernizing certain myths
History / Culture: when to keep and discard traditions; diaspora & navigating multi-cultural influences or heritage; silence & erasure; modes of survival; whitewashing; term reclamation (who is allowed to use certain terms?); importance of retaining & having access to historical records; reading the past to understand the present & future
Science: resisting biological determinism & essentialism;how scientific narratives influence our understanding of morality and “truths”; ways in which science reaffirms the scripts of kyriarchy (such as GID and the DSM / ties between the “obesity epidemic” and race / views about menstruation); problems within the healthcare system; radical mental health; making science work for people who aren’t straight white western cis men
The Body / The Self: mind-body dualism; body modifications & medical procedures; intentional and/or unintentional politics of bodily presentation; self-determinism & active resistance of dominant narratives; enacting self-care; do we all have a “true self” or “essence” of being?; where the self ends & community begins
Relationships: chosen families; myths about sexuality and sex positivity; consent (expressed vs. body language / legacy of shitty health class information / talking about queer and/or non-normative sex); theories of “otherness”; myths about “diversity” within communities; handling disagreements (“tone arguments” / should a person with a marginalized identity have to “play nice” when talking to somebody who has privilege they don’t have?)
Enacting Change: the white savior complex and career activism / is change quantifiable?; “normative” & expected changes (in terms of personal & community development, growing up, queerness as “a phase,” recovery, etc.); delusions of “progress”; changes that have not necessarily been positive
Visibility / Communication / Media: divisions between public and private; bridging the gap between online & offline communities or experiences; communication & the erotic; media’s (mis)use in social justice circles; intersection between visibility, authenticity, & mimicry; choosing when to “come out” & nuances of disclosure
Legislation: local, state, federal, & global action; mythologies & their influence on policy creation (and vice versa); problems with the nonprofit system; racist ideologies in the prison industrial complex; criminalization of sexual assault; alternatives to the legal system
we also totally need lots of artwork (photos, collages, illustrations, drawings, paintings, comics, etc.), particularly for background designs and things that compliment the written material!
please aim to send us yr amazing material to hoaxzine (at) gmail (dot) com by december 15, 2012. if you are interested, feel free to e-mail us yr ideas for topics & artwork! as always, we are willing to work with you during any and every stage of the writing process. the sooner you send us yr work, the better!
please note - we edit almost every submission we receive. please be flexible if make changes or we offer suggestions. we won’t print anything without your final approval! also, we ask that contributors use trigger warnings when sending pieces that may be very intense or emotional. one of the benefits of collaborating on this project is that we can split up material that is particularly upsetting or unnerving to either of us. this helps ensure that the reviewing and editing process is emotionally safe and does not interfere with our decision making.
thank you so much to every contributor, reader, & supporter of this zine! we are looking forward to seeing yr work!
sari & rachel
Queer Zine Fest London is go! We’re planning, scheming and looking for queer zine comrades and friends to help organize the fest. Please get in touch if you are interested in any of the following:
- Tabling (setting up camp to sell yr wares)
- Helping to table for absentee zinesters. We’ll be selling zines from around the world on behalf of zinesters and distros who can’t be with us in person and will need plenty of extra hands
- Donating zines for the communal zine table or materials for workshops
- Hosting a workshop or skill share session
- Appearing on a panel/giving a small talk
- Helping to set up the venue
- Helping out on the day (assisting on the door, introducing folk, acting as point-of-contact for stall holders, visitors and fest attendees)
- Have tips, advice or other contributions to make to the planning stages of the fest.
- Want to offer services not listed above
- Want to host us! We’re still choosing a venue. Ideally, we’re after somewhere roomy, accessible, well-lit and affordable.
btw, the date & venue have been set now: Saturday 8th December at Space Station 65
rural and small town queers : call for submissions
I’m trying to edit together a zine on the lives of gender and sexual minorities in small towns and rural areas.
Currently looking for contributors and submissions. I’m accepting any form of content: personal experiences / accounts, quotations, articles, links/resources, art, poetry, prose centered around the past and current experiences of trans* and queer folx in these areas.
I’m looking for collaboration on any level; this is my first zine editing endeavor.
Microcosm Distribution makes custom buttons now, eh?
I think that the the Microcosm Publishing/Distribution split is a laughable attempt at change, but I don’t really care enough about it to spend much time on it. They still support and carry Microcosm Publishing titles so I still see them as supporters and apologists for Joe Biel.
What I found today annoys me. Apparently Microcosm Distribution makes custom buttons. Microcosm Publishing didn’t and doesn’t make custom buttons since I left. Do you know why? Because I was the one who made custom buttons when I worked there and when I left Microcosm and divorced Joe there was an agreement that Microcosm would not make custom buttons and compete with my business. So, Microcosm Distribution is a totally different company? Great, I guess that means they don’t have to honor the agreements made by Microcosm Publishing.
If you would like to get custom buttons made by someone who has been doing this since 2000, you should follow me to my new project Portland Button Works.
Please give this a read: is anyone interested in contributing to a feminist zine?
Hey! My friend Charlotte has this feminist art collective called Project:BABE, and they do a zine called GirlZone. She’s basically asked me to curate the third issue and have it be all about male feminists and stuff. We’re gonna call it Mankini Kill, after an injoke about a tibute band that I wish I could start.
Both of the previous issues have been about one specific issue - the first one was about body hair, for example - so instead of attempting to go too broad and cover all the issues that I’d like to cover in a small space and do a bad job, I think it’d be interesting for this issue to specifically be given over to accounts of male feminists, or at least male feminist allies, and what drew them to it. I would love to deal with some other subjects and cover, say, trans experiences in relation to feminism, and all sorts of other things, but I think it’d be unfair to assume that I’m an authority on anything other than my own experience, and that those subjects are better left for later, when we can do them justice.
So are there any male-identifying people out there who are just generally half-decent human beings and are interested in writing about it? What does feminism mean to you? What started your interest in it? However you want to express it. I’m a big fan of wordy, text-based zines but this one has generally been more art-based, so I’m open to anything.
Drop me a message on here and we’ll sort something out. Deadline for submissions is September 24th.