Thursday, June 12, 2014

new zines including Doris #31

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Doris #31
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?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

masculinity zine - role models

I'm working on a zine about masculinity, changing patriarchal masculinity.
A lot of us know someone who somehow challenged the stereotype of patriarchal masculinity, even if they didn't challenge it in every way. I'm looking for stories – you don't have to be able to really even tell a story, and you don't have to write a story – because I know that most people don't have the time to really sit down and write. What I'm thinking is I could interview people.

You could answer one or more of these questions:

  1. Did you, as a child or teen, have anyone in your life who challenged patriarchal masculinity in any way – for example, wasn't afraid to cry or show affection. (even if they were patriarchal in other ways)
  2. Did/do you have a male role model, either a real person in your life or a public/artistic figure. What aspects of that person inspires you.
  3. Describe an event or moment when you realized you had to cut off some aspect of yourself in order to conform with social or family expectations of what it meant to “be a man” (or, if they did not see you as male, a time when you had to suppress your true self in order to fit as not a man)
  4. Describe a time or event when you defied social expectations of what it means to be “a man.” This could be one moment or a whole life shift.
Options for how the story would be told:
  1. You could write it
  2. I could interview you (in person or over the phone or web chat) and then transcribe the interview word for word.
  3. I could interview you (in person or over the phone or web chat) and then create a written story from the information, which you then would have the chance to look over and change or approve.
Also, if you are doing the role model question and have any images of the person, I'd love to have a copy to reprint.

I know it can be strangely scary to think about these things, but we really need to begin to articulate a vision of positive masculinity.

“The crisis facing men is not the crisis of masculinity, it is the crisis of patriarchal masculinity. Until we make this distinction clear, men will continue to fear that any critique of patriarchy represents a threat...”
– bell hooks

Saturday, December 28, 2013

more new zines at

No Gods, No Mattress #20
Intense, honest, brave, beautiful zine, stories and details about childhood sibling sexual abuse and parental neglect, and working to heal. It reminds me how important the book The Courage to Heal is, when enola quotes from it 'our abusers were frequently the only ones who gave us attention or approval.' saying she had never thought about that before, and I too remember reading that and how much it made sense. Enola talks about self-harm and eating disorder finding strength in witches, finding support and care "in meetings, squates, at shows. at zine readings, on the road, in my p.o. box, in books, and in my own heart. ..I am defining my true self and i am chooseing which seeds to plant in my secret garden."

Spider Teeth: wherein our protaganist flies to Thailand to get a brand new cunt.
Super thick zine with a lot of details of getting surgery, but also about way more than surgery: it's about finding a way to tell the true story of her life without reinforcing cultural assumptions and the problematic macro-narrative that has been created about transwomen, and also telling the truth, finding ways to tell her story so it can be universally understood.

Stuck In Place: some thoughts on belonging
For so many years I have been trying to figure out ways to talk about whiteness and cultural appropriation in ways that are constructive and challenging and don't just shut people down. This zine is so great, and really helps me to think about these things and find new ways to talk with my friends about racism. Super thick zine super smart and thoughtful zine about being white, "I have vbeen working through a lot of confusion in my own relationship to home and seeing friends with settler privilege express similar feelings of being detached from place, or lacking in cultural roots and spirituality, and seeing us appropriate cultureal and spiritual practices without recongnizing what kind of violence we are engaging in or why it is violent in the first place. As a way to bring other settlers to undertand their own settler identities and the implicaitons of the actions we take within a white supremacist, colonizer culture. I am sharing my experiences in my own learning process. I am hoping this will be useful to other settlers grappling with understanding their own relationship to land, home and place." I love this zine in so many ways, and it particularly is helpful for me, because the author is not an academic (and doesn't write in academic language) and also comes from a working class background, which I relate to more than when people write from other perspectives. She is able to write about the violence and poverty in her own family and clearly state that this fact does not dismiss the reality of white privilege. I really hope all of us white people trying to understand our own internalized racism and how to fight racism or be an active anti-racist ally, we all should read this zine!
By the editor of It's Down to This

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

new zines to distro

ANAlog #2: dispatches on d.i.y. anorexia recovery
this is an amazingly great zine, and this issue is so good. In it, ponyboy violet recounts how, at age 22, when they hadn't eaten without medical monitoring for 10 years, they developed their own healing strategy: "I needed to be: away from the loving people who pressured me into eating, away from foods that I could recognize and therfore memorize the calories of, away from scales, and closer to a revolutionary situation that would jolt me into figuring out how to surivive."

Cheer the Eff Up #4
the continuing saga of this excellent zine I love so much. Even if you haven't read the previous ones, you can start anywhere. This issue Jonas talks about anxiety and depression, telling stories of friendships, growing together, apart, staying punk or not, teenage self-hate and drinking 40's, empathy, gender and the ways his father tried to train him in the "Man's Way" and not being able to even figure out how to begin to have those kinds of values. I love this zine. 

Cheer the Eff Up #5
"The longer I work an office job, the older I get, the stronger I feel about anarchism." More wonderful stories including all the best charactors/friends, the old highschool FTL crew (the way we form cohesion), wanting to be part of a community again but feeling alienated. Stories about his dad and grandpa, and finding out he's going to have a son after wishing he's have a daughter. The ways identity can describe but not define.the way bell hooks talks about saying "I advocate feminism" rather than "I am a feminist, focusing on belief rather than which box you fall into.

Reverse Cougar Years #3
The first issue in 7 years of this Canadian zine, which they stopped writing because someone told them it was selfish to share thoughts just because they liked telling stories. F*** that! Welcome back Maxx!! This issues is partially about mental health, anxiety, family history, going to the West Bank, taking anti-anxiety/anti-depressant medication and not knowing for sure if they are helping or not, but knowing that seeing a psychologist and talking is totally helping and they recommend it.
Also, talks about being a sound tech and female in this male dominated field. 

Reverse Cougar Years #4
Maxx's path from studying political philosophy to doing sound engineering, which includes a lot of physical labor. Gender and sexism and homophobia in the work place, and confronting their own classism, and working to make decisions about confrontation and judgment that take in the gray areas and aren't just reaction.
Also about fracturing their foot, and organizing a zine-off.

No Better Than Apples #9
beautifully written zine full of imagery, telling the story of losing the feeling in their body and eventually being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Although it is a specific topic, it's applicable to all of us, the way they write about dissociation and connection to their body, how friends and others provide support, her own inner resources. It's also just so beautifully laid out and so powerful. 

The Worst #3A Compilation Zine on Grief and Loss
Another great, thick issue of this zine compilation which provides a space of reflection, connection and engagement with some of the painful, complicated, amazing grief experiences that we are socialized to repress.” 23 contributors. This issues has a lot of pieces about parents dieing and also about suicide.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Help get my friend Marie moved out of high security prison

October 25- International Kick Off to Move Marie Mason Campaign
 In 2009, environmental activist and community organizer Marie Mason was sentenced to almost 22 years in prison for the arson of an office which housed genetically modified organism (GMO) research and for the destruction of logging equipment.  Marie is now serving the longest sentence of any activist in the U.S. for environmental direct action.  Her sentence is part of a larger crackdown by the state on environmental activists, which has come to be known as the Green Scare.  The Green Scare, much like the Red Scare and COINTELPRO, targets people for their politics.  The government’s use of tactics such as entrapment, the spread of disinformation by paid informants, media smear campaigns, trumped up charges, and harsh prison sentences are all too familiar to folks who know their history.
Marie’s persecution has continued throughout her sentence.  Without notice or cause, Marie was transferred from the low security FCI Waseca Prison to the notorious FMC Carswell.  Over a thousand miles from friends and family, Marie is cut off from the general prison population, in a special isolation unit known for its frequent lockdowns and added restrictions on communication.
Marie was unjustly moved to this restrictive unit for what appears to be completely punitive reasons – even though her disciplinary record since her incarceration is spotless and she poses no danger or threat to the prison or other inmates. Marie has, in fact, worked hard to make the lives of other inmates better since her time in prison.
Marie should not be in this unit at FMC Carswell.
No one should be in this unit at FMC Carswell.

We’re launching a campaign to Move Marie out of FMC Carswell to a medium security prison closer to family and friends.  This campaign will also highlight the continued attacks on the environmental movement, the appalling conditions in FMC Carswell and other high security prisons, and the use of isolation and long-term solitary confinement against prisoners.
We’re calling on fellow environmentalists, radical parents, prison abolitionists, labor organizers, opponents of GMOs, musicians, artists, and other rabble rousers to join us as we kick this campaign into high gear.  This will be a time to put pressure on the Bureau of Prisons and to take part in creative actions across the world, amplifying the campaign to Move Marie, and to Free Marie and All Political Prisoners.

You can help by participating in October 25th!
Join the Free Marie Campaign
  • Join the Free Marie Campaign is a simple commitment to serve as a point person in the campaign. It can be as simple as serving as a contact in your local area for organizing events and coordinating actions.
  • We’ll send out action alerts, event announcements, and updates on October 25th to keep you in the loop. Sign up for the Move Marie announcement list-
  • Follow Support Marie Mason on Facebook and on @FreeMarieMason on Twitter
  • Organizers: join the Campaign by emailing us at and organize an event below.
Organize a campaign event 
  • Organize a phone tree to flood the BOP on the 21st with calls demanding Marie’s transfer
  • Organize a letter writing party (we can help with the materials)
  • Screen a relevant film, such as If a Tree Falls, or the show Orange is the New Black
  • Host a vegan dinner to fundraise
  • Put on a benefit show or letter writing event
  • Anything else creative that helps contribute to the campaign!
  • Contact us at and we’ll help you link up with others in your city to help you act on October 25th
Donate time and funds to the campaign 
  • We’ll be producing short films, launching a legal campaign, developing outreach materials, and more – all of which costs money.  The more we get from donations, the less time we need to spend fundraising to pay for these important pieces, and the more time we spend working on getting Marie out of Carswell.
  • We need your talent!  We especially need the help of musicians, artists, graphic designers, web developers, and lawyers/paralegals.
  • Spread the word
  • Use the hashtag #MoveMarie on social media
  • The more people who know about Marie and this campaign, the more successful we’ll be.
  • Tell your friends and family about her case
  • Distribute Move Marie materials (we’ll even mail them to you free of charge)
Send Marie your Support
  • Leave a comment on her blog and we’ll mail that out to her-
  • Send her a postcard, letter, comic strip, interesting article, story from a campaign you’re involved in, a cute anecdote about your kids, whatever!
  • Include all the information below:
Marie Mason #04672-061
FMC Carswell
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127

Sunday, September 1, 2013

More New Zines

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Jane: Documents fro Chicago's Clandestine Abortion Service 1968-1973
A great introduction to this group of women who defied the laws against abortion. "A beautiful example that battles can be won without begging. This collection may not only be viewed in terms of abortion rights, or even strictly in terms of the stuggle for women to have control over their own bodies, but also in terms of any group of peoploe faced with the force of authority attempting to control their lives."

Janebill: Keesha and Joanie and JANE:
Written by Judith Arcana, one of the members of the JANE collective that provided abortions when they were illegal, this is a short play set in the near future, when Roe v. Wade is overturned. A group of women trying to figure out what to do invites JANE members to discuss ideas, memories, and strategies. A great starting point for our own discussions about what to do about the increasing limitations on abortion access.
Free To Choose: A Women's Guide to Reproductive Freedom
this pamplet includes: A Question of Access, Let's Not Go Back to the Bad Old Days, The Abortion Handbook, This is Jane, and a great introduction to Menstrual Extraction.

What To Keep, What to Give Away #1
personal writing about abuse - trying to change pattterns like kissing someone and then knowing that they won't be able to say no and it will always lead to sex. Looking at the ways rape culture is perpetuated, entitlement, race. Audre Lorde, power dynamics, slut shaming of self. Self love. Very personal and insightful.
Telegram #28
Another great issue of this zine about mental health. This issue is also about Miranda coming out with their book! (which everyone should have, it's so great). Also about "reclaiming and em bracing "crazy" and capital C Crazy identity, happiness as a process rather than a goal, going on tour, witchy punx club, and much mor

Self-Care for Zinesters
written by the excellent Maranda Elizabeth of Telegram zine, about being an introvert, going to zine fairs, tips for self-care on the road, at zinefests, returning home, includes survival advice (like bring snacks) and deep advice about overextending yourself, saying no, participating and reaching out to people who intimidate you. 

No Gods No Mattress #19
Enola is one of my very favorite zine writers. Their zine is thick and full of strange stories, dreams, painful and brave stories of sexual abuse, therapy, the Courage to Heal, body image, friendship stories, camping and riding trains, raw panic hyperventilating after eating weed food accidentally, I love the drawings in this zine, the way it draws you in so completely, and that Enola can writing about hopping trains without sounding one bit like an irritating wantabe hobo, but really catches the heart of it all - including the friends, the connectedness, the life.

The Adventures of Cublet Dvorsky
Sweet writing about crushes, mental health, frienship. Also a thoughful story about violence, mental health, anarchism and trauma - being a queer, trans, female socialized young person from a working class background, and looking at how their ideas about non-violence and fighting back are changing - including protesting. 

Blind Date and Cyborg Sweetie
An excellent zine written by two people - one (my friend David) who is visually impaired and Alana who has type 1 diabetes. it's about "...moving through the world with conditions that are often invisible to others, negotiating with our bodies to get through the day..." stories about their disability and illness histories, and being in a relationship. Super good!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

more new zines in distro

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Truckface #16
Another great issue of this zine " as an androgynous public high school English teacher..." in Chicago. Stories about teaching, the kids, the way busniess men are ruining public education turning schools into testing machines, going on strike, kids falling in love with James Baldwin, Farenheight 451, debating the Satanic Verses, dressing up like Effie Trinket to get the kids to read the Hunger Games, breaking up fights, learning from eachother. As always, I love this zine.

Ghost Lungs #2
"They say that when you lose something you ought to retrace your steps in order to figure out where you last held it..." In this issue, Em revisits the last few years, leaving their hometown, people close to them dying, being in a relationship of repeated sexual assault, reading Borderlands, asking their friend what it's like to be wealthy, depression, restlessness, living in Birmingham, New Orleans, the Midwest. writing. trying to make meaning. moving back to their hometown.

deafula #5 interview with my mother
Kerry interviews her mom on what it's like to be a hearing parent of a deaf child, growing up in a time when there were a lot less resources for deaf people, and not getting much information or guidence about what to expect or what to do. The interview includes a really sweet story that her mom remembers about when Kerry first got her hearing aids. 

ella funt #1
Rediculously beautiful cloth cover sewn together zine by Ciara Xyerra (from learning to leave a papertrail) about "deciding to try for a baby, struggling with ...infertility, and the first half of (her) pregnancy." written in Ciarra's funny style, with chapters like: baby rabies, helpful hints from strangers on the internet, fantasies of the mother superior, realities of the mother inferior, science 101, fuck you blood test, the great diaper debate, and more.

Butch nor Femme #7
pieces on monogamy and non-monogamy, not trusing their body and the ways the distrust sneeks up on them, zine fests, and more 

Butch nor Femme #6 / Your Secretary #12 Kisses!
Supposed to be a little split zine about memories about each person the zine writers have kissed. The Butch nor Femme side is exactly that, and the Your Secretary side is about writers block, tarot cards, and trying to figure out the best thing that can happen when a relationship ends.

Cheer The Eff Up #4
Stories and thoughts about gender identity, sexual identity, radical identity, and mental health: Art night, depression, body issues, his dad teaching him about sex by leaving a porn tape out and saying "don't watch it" and how creepy that made him feel about sex and learning the lies about "the Man Way," none of which felt right. with guest appearances from the usual wonderful crew that makes up Cheer the Eff Up. 

Beautiful zine, sewn together, written by Finn of "Everyday Magic." Writing and drawings about being on a farm, learning ..."how little i needed and how much the city demanded." learning "the ways that i am shaped by shame..." and a beautiful becoming.

Blackout #2
"a memoir-fragment zine" Fragments of growing up poor, being hungry, working cornfields at age 13, physical abuse, needing to be the "sane" one, and the difficulty of creating a coherent memory out of the moments. the difficulty of moving in life. panic, self-sabotage, creative mania. imagination and memory. So beatuiful and dark. 

Truckface #16
Another great issue of this zine " as an androgynous public high school English teacher..." in Chicago. Stories about teaching, the kids, the way busniess men are ruining public education turning schools into testing machines, going on strike, kids falling in love with James Baldwin, Farenheight 451, debating the Satanic Verses, dressing up like Effie Trinket to get the kids to read the Hunger Games, breaking up fights, learning from eachother. As always, I love this zine.