Squatting on Cape Cod in the winter, freedom dreams, learning to build houses, raising lambs, death, reparations, and the usual way doris talks about a million hopeful and sad things all at once.
Blackout #3 :interiors
"Blackout is a zine about memory. Named for what I've lost to trauma." In this issue of Blackout, Tara writes about an abusive relationship in order to organize their experience, manage the overwhelming muddled feelings, and also because there are so few good resources about emotional abuse, particularly ones that go beyond describing emotionally abuse behavior patterns to explore what it actually looks like, feels like. This is a powerful and excellent zine!
No Better than Apples #10
Always such a beautiful and haunting zine. This issue talks about friendship, connection, love, the unspoken, remission, having multiple sclerosis, playing music, writing songs, being messy in so many ways, wanting to kill their friend's abuser, "I will drive wherever I have to to make my friends feel safe, I will walk them to their cars every night, I will feel rage and fold it into myself and let it burn clean out, I will get all pink and think about the ment, I will never ever forget."
My Mirage: A zine about body image
11 essays/stories about body image by a bunch of great writers. Stories about being heavy and loving their body and the challenge of going to the spa; Critiques of "women's fitness"; breasts; scars; shaving; weight watchers; fatphobia; self love, and more!
Ex Masculus: Critical Reflections on Pro-Feminist Men's Groups
A great resource! These group of essays by a bunch of different people include: reflections from the long standing Oakland Men's Project; Problems with men's groups not going deep enough or using feminism as an "I'm cool" card; Reflections on how to being to think about motivations and reasons to really committ to doing the work of dismantling patriarchy inside and out; Ideas about gender inclusive anti-patriarchy groups; Keeping Men's Work Accountable; Moving Past our Own Borders (by the excellent Anna Vo), and Recommendations for People Trying to Start Radical Men's Groups. and more.
Fat-tastic: A Body Positivity Zine #3
A great collection of stories: Internalized fat hatred, and working to filter it out; critiques of capitalism and misogyny, great drawings and self-portraits; Things Not to Say to Fat People and Things TO Say; Going to the Gynecologist; a story about being small and very thin and mistaken for a child; On Being Naked; Steping outside comfort zones.
Fat-tastic: A Compilation zine about Loving Your Body #1
The first issue of the great zine! Includes the essays/stories "Fat Math: The Equation of Self-Love," weight versus wellness; patriarchy and the media; an love/apology letter to the body; parents patroling weight; great artwork and self-portraits; a daughter dealing with judgements in school; DIY positive affirmation cards, and more!
You've Got a Friend in Pennsylvania #9 Two Years of Sobriety
Sari reflects on two years of sobriety. They quit drinking because of bad experiences, family history, the desire to create more space to "investigate some heavy and hurful feelings and memories," and because their family had a long history of alcholism, abuse and suicide, and Sari wasn't addicted YET. They write about the "hardships, mistakes, lessons learned and positive experiences" they've gone through in sobriety, working to open the door to "communicating about the topic with folks who are sober, interested in becoming sober, or empathetic to those who are sober."
You've Got a Friend in Pennsylvania #7 On Queerness, Introversion and Friendship Theory
Text heavy, great zine about so many things: Valuing friendship, the Myth of the Good Friend (worrying about being a good friend, different support different people are able/unable to give, the BFF catagory, what it means to be a friend), being sober, introverted and trying to make friends (to go online or not), Friends with/out benefits (platonic frienships, dealing with years of non-consentual sex, being trans, setting boundries), Boundries, Choices and Limitations, and so much more
Hoax #7 Feminisms and Change
Another great thick issue! Exploring "What are our goals for ourselves and our communities? Which methods do we use to gauge change and it progress ever quantifiable? In shwat ways do we knowingly and unknowingly showcase personal changes and how are these changes read by others?" includes a bunch of great essays and reflections! Includes: "Fat is Still A Feminist Issue," "White Activism as Performance," "Blood Alchohol Content: On Family, Assault, and Giving Up Drinking," and a whole ton of others great topics!
Hoax #8 Feminisms and Mythologies
What is the role of storytelling and folklore in supporting women's and trans* narratives? When do we keep and when do we discard traditions? How do we confront myths about sexuality, diversity, change and progress within our communities? Where do societal norms and values end and our desires begin? and more!
Hoax #9 Feminisms and Vulnerabilies
A ton of really great, powerful essays! How can vulnerability be used as a tactic for individual empowerment and social change? How do we establish healthy boundaries in the conxtext of community building work, and when does it become important to push ourselves past our designated limits? How do class, race, gender, and other markers of oppression and privilege influence our ability to ask for help and receive services and accommodations?