Archive for May, 2011

Dysohpia #1: Anarchism and Polamory (zine)

May 26, 2011

I’ve been blogging about zines a lot lately and before I started up on the database/bibliography posts again I wanted to make sure I wrote about Dysophia #1: Anarchism and Polyamory, which is available as a free PDF here. In a society which generally writes off and undervalues anyone failing to participate in the two-party political system and/or monogamous relationships, I’m really pleased that there are people out there working on such empowering and validating projects.

I think both anarchism and non-monogamy truly celebrate definitions and interpretations of love which are widely overlooked by mainstream society – and I’d be happy to explain this more when I don’t need to rush off to my shift at my zine library! I’m going to end this post with a quote from Dysophia #1 that I wanted to share:

Just as anarchism puts the power relations of economics under the microscope we should do the same for the relationships we have with our partners and lovers – often they are reflections of a society dominated by patriarchy and economic power which creates social norms that meets it own needs, not our own as individuals.

Be well. <3

Release of my zine “My Feminist Friends”

May 23, 2011

I’m happy to announce that after nearly a year of preparations the first (and probably only) issue of my zine My Feminist Friends is complete! The zine features an awesome cover by local artist Elvis Bakaitis, as well as interviews with five of my friends- a women’s/gender studies professor and student (Stina), a psychology professor/student (Laurie), a union organizer (Stephanie), an archivist/librarian (Marie), and a social science researcher/future doula (Dawn). Some lovely artwork created by friends is included as well.

cover drawn by Elvis Bakaitis

I originally wanted the zine to be free, but have decided to charge $2 per copy- any money made off the zine will be donated to Cindy Crabb’s “Doris Encyclopedia” fund. At this point the zine isn’t being sold through any distros- however, if you’d like to purchase a copy, please feel free to email me at myfeministfriends @ gmail.com.

My Feminist Friends will also be available to view at ABC No Rio’s zine library by the end of this week.

The Doris Encyclopedia

May 20, 2011

This morning I received an email that zinester Cindy Crabb is currently looking to raise some funds to publish “The Doris Encyclopedia.” Cindy began writing her zine “Doris” in 1994, and just recently published her 28th issue. For anyone who hasn’t read “Doris” before- my humble advice is to start. :)

My friend Cynthia Ann is a writer and wrote a Tumblr post today describing her feelings toward “Doris-” she clarifies what I feel but couldn’t elucidate in words. Cindy’s been involved with other amazing zines as well, including Learning Good Consent and Support Zine. She also published Doris: An Anthology, which includes issues of Doris from 1991-2001.

If you’d like to contribute to the future Doris Encyclopedia, check out Cindy’s Kickstarter funding page. The encyclopedia is slated for publication at the end of July if the funding comes through.

Thanks to Cindy for writing and you for reading. <3

Gifts of Speech

May 17, 2011

Sometimes it can be difficult to locate the text of a speech (especially without access to expensive electronic databases).  In that case, Gifts of Speech: Women’s Speeches from Around the World could be a particularly useful resource. Started in 1996 at Sweet Briar College, this database offers the full-text of speeches by an impressive group of women from 1848 onward.

Site visitors can browse speeches by year or alphabetically by last name. I immediately jumped to “G” to see what the database might have for Emma Goldman, and was pleased to see 5 of her speeches listed, including “We Don’t Believe in Conscription.” There’s even one by Courtney Love on piracy circa 2000!

Users can browse Nobel lectures given by women as well as see which women made the list of top 100 speeches of the 20th century (as ranked by some academics at University of Wisconsin and Texas A&M in 1999).

According to the site, Gifts of Speech was last updated in fall of 2010, so it’s pretty recent.

“The Worst” zine

May 16, 2011

This past weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Kathleen McIntyre, editor of The Worst, a compilation zine on grief and loss. I was really glad to learn about the existence of this zine (there are currently two issues out), as it’s really difficult to locate radical resources on coping with the loss of a loved one. So much of what is out there is religious in nature, and while that’s comforting for some people, it’s not meant for everyone.

In addition to personal accounts of loss, the zine also offers advice for supporting grieving friends and family members. Issue 1 comes with a playlist of songs that readers could check out if they wish.

All in all, I’m truly moved by and impressed with this zine, and believe it fills a major gap in existing grief literature. The zine can be purchased directly through Kathleen via her blog or through several zine distros, including Click Clack and For the Birds. Both issues are also for sale in person at STOREFRONT gallery in their BRAIN WAVES collection. You can download issue 2 here.

Bibliography of LGBTQ Health Disparities

May 11, 2011

For the past couple days I’ve been thinking a lot about access to health care-related information as well as health care itself within queer communities.  Last year, the Network for LGBT Tobacco Control released the Annotated Bibliography of Notable LGBTQ Health Disparities.

Compiled by around ten LGBTQ health care researchers, the bibliography covers really important topics like access to health services, cancer, health risk behaviors, and mental health. Since the bibliography is annotated, each resource offers a really clear description of its content. It’s 30 pages long, so there’s a lot to choose from.

Stay well, friends. <3

Radical Women in Gainesville

May 9, 2011

Anybody interested in the history of second wave feminism would definitely enjoy the University of Florida’s Radical Women in Gainesville Historical Exhibit.  In 1968, feminists of Gainesville formed one of the first Women’s Liberation groups in the United States. This digital collection includes such rich primary documents as brochures, self-published newsprints, and photos.

Of particular interest to me was a timeline of the 1970s women’s movement in Gainesville, information on the pivotal Women’s Liberation newspaper The Florida Paper, and a photo gallery.

Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science (ODLIS)

May 6, 2011

Dear present and future librarians/archivists: if you’re curious about the definition of a library-related term look no further than the Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science (ODLIS). ODLIS is completely free, and includes thousands of well-researched definitions. Users can browse by letter or search by keyword. Thank you for this, Joan Reitz!

Opportunity: Project Manager for FLY archives

May 4, 2011

I received an email yesterday advertising a really cool internship for FLY Archives. I figured my blog’s readers might find it of interest as well, so here’s the job posting:

Booklyn is looking for a Project Manager to oversee the sorting, cataloging, and databasing, of one of the most exciting and distinctive artist/writer archives in the Americas. FLY, is an iconoclastic punk, squatter, post-feminist artist/activist who has lived in the Lower East Side for decades. Her trademark style is ubiquitous in punk and anarchist culture and her commitment to alternative artworking is unrivalled.  If you have seen a benefit poster for any punk hero or heroine in NYC, you have seen FLY’s artwork! She is frequently acknowledged as one of the best American woman comic artists and her “Peops” project forms one of the most comprehensive portraits of alternative culture in the Americas.

Borrowed from FLY's website, http://flyspage.com/images/girlgang.gif

The archive itself consists of thousands of original artworks (primarily pencil drawings), self-published zines, correspondence, ephemera and other material documenting the vibrant squatter culture from the rare perspective of a radical woman artist. The project needs a three-month commitment, and is seeking a graduate student or professional librarian, art historian or urban anthropologist who is willing to work with FLY and a team of interns and volunteers. The goal of the project is to catalog FLY’s archive and to write a comprehensive description of the contents.

This is an unpaid volunteer position but Booklyn is willing to assist in fundraising for the position. The optimum candidate would have professional and personal motivations to lead the project, such as an committed interest in woman’s history, urban studies, the squatter movement, and punk culture.

Booklyn is also interested in partner organizations that might want to assist in this project. Please contact Marshall Weber, mweber@booklyn.org, 718-383-9621

Publication in RE/VISIONIST

May 3, 2011

I waited nearly five years to submit a shortened version of my college thesis to a journal- I wanted to make sure that the home I found for this year-long labor of love was the right one. Since it’s a psychology thesis I had always assumed that I’d aim to publish the article in a psychology journal- but that was before I learned about RE/VISIONIST, a journal founded and maintained by Sarah Lawrence College Women’s History graduate students.

I really love the fact the the journal is open access, and is run completely by graduate students at my home institution. Thus, RE/VISIONIST was the one and only journal I submitted my thesis to for prospective publication. My article was just published over the weekend and can be viewed here.

By the way, RE/VISIONIST is always looking for new writers- check out their submissions page if you’re interested.


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