[img = image one: front cover of zine. picture of a person sitting on a chair with a bag over their head. text reads: “shit ‘progressives’ don’t want to hear: a journal of unpopular opinions. #1 -own yr shit! by rachel & jamie. image two: torso of an tattooed emo-styled male-bodied person. text reads: “yr not the victim though you’d like to make it that way & i am so sorry that i’m nice to you (concept by stephanie <3)” image three = person holding an issue in their hand]
Here’s a brief description:
Despite both having a vested interest in DIY culture and the punk brand of feminism, we have a lot of issues with it as well. We wrote this zine because as feminist activists, zinesters, and thinkers who are committed to doing positive things for what we hope is the common good, we are disillusioned and angered by what we perceive as the development of an empty, lazy, counterproductive ‘call out culture.’ Both in social justice and feminist blogospheres, in the DIY feminist and punk communities, and in our daily lives, we have seen and felt the quality of continuing ‘dialogues’ on social justice and leftist politics decline and devolve into an endless game of name-calling, judgement, and condescension. Capitalist bullshit — particularly hierarchy and anti-intellectualism (or at least a seeming aversion to critical thought) — has been seeping into our subculture. We wrote this zine in an attempt to challenge all this, because this medium feels safe and appropriate to us. Issue #1 - Own Yr Shit covers three unpopular opinions we both share:
1) Self-awareness is key.
2) Kindness is always valuable.
3) You need a community to learn.
Plus, collages & a postscript!
cut & paste, 1 / 4 size, 32 pages, b&w
You can order this zine directly through etsy by clicking here. Due to upcoming zinefests, the first twenty (20) orders will be mailed out by approximately March 2nd, all others will be mailed out by appropriately March 15th. You can also pick up an issue in person at both the NYC Feminist Zinefest and Chicago Zinefest.
We encourage anybody who has any questions / inquiries or would like to trade to email both of us directly at soundoftheatlantic (at) gmail (dot) com AND rachelzines (at) gmail (dot) com
[PS - please excuse the low quality promo photos! this looks much better printed, we swear!]