Hi again everyone! I know I’ve been really bad about updating these past couple months. The zine still needs a few more entries and I’m working on a comic submission of my own, but since I just started a new semester, there’s been a lot going on and I haven’t had time to finish it. So what that means is, there is still plenty of time for submissions! If you were going to submit but thought you’d missed the deadline, please consider putting something together! I would like to compile some more content before publishing the zine, but it will be published eventually. Keep up the creativity!
Call for submissions: Panty Rage feminist zine
Calling all feminists! I’m accepting submissions for a summer zine project, an anthology of feminist art and writing. Submissions will be accepted until July 15th, when I will compile and format everything for printing - but I will also be posting all of the submissions to this blog as I receive them, so send your work in as early as possible!
Guidelines are as follows:
-You can submit anything you’d like, and everything that is submitted WILL be published, as long as it is a) related to feminism, b) your own intellectual property, and c) not offensive. If I think something is offensive, I will talk to you about it first and we’ll see if it’s possible to publish with some editing or a disclaimer.
-Please feel free to make multi-page work, but be aware that if you send in a large amount of content, I may not be able to include all of it. I will let you know if this is the case.
-Include your name, or the name you’d like your work to be credited to, along with a short bio and your website/blog/Facebook/Twitter/etc. if you have one that you want me to link to.
-The final zine will be half-size (5.5x8.5”) and printed in grayscale, so keep this in mind when creating your submissions. I will format them to fit the page size, but it will be helpful to you to be aware of the proportions and scale at which your work will be printed. Also, all color submissions will be gladly accepted and posted to the blog in color, but they will be converted to grayscale for printing (or you can send me both color and grayscale versions to make things a little easier for me).
-Make sure to provide a valid email address that I can use to contact you in case there are any issues with your submission, and to let you know when the zine is complete!
-I really, truly want you to submit whatever your sweet little hearts feel like making. I’m keeping this fairly open-ended because I really would like to compile a nice variety of content - drawings, fiction, nonfiction, photo collage, personal anecdotes, found objects, whatever you want. Get creative with it! As long as the work can be documented in 2D form, I’m happy to accept it.
I’m aiming to cover the costs of printing the zines exclusively with money from sales and out-of-pocket funds. If it becomes necessary, I will either ask for donations or print a smaller initial run. No matter what, though, a digital copy of the finished zine will be available online. I will try to provide physical copies to all contributors, although I will need your mailing address if you’d like one.
I think that covers all the important points, but feel free to send me any questions through this blog or the email address above! I can’t wait to see all your contributions!
Deadline reminder! Today is the original deadline for the project - however, I’m hoping to receive a few more submissions, so I’m extending it to August 1st. Please keep sending in your work!
by Marissa Ryan
I recently attended a conference for Planned Parenthood in Washington D.C. It was a beautiful atmosphere of learning, acceptance, and progressive thinking. The first night was awkward and hesitant, we were strangers in a strange land (this is cheesy, but it’s true). After dinner we all walked to the Shakespeare Theatre and attempted to mingle. As the social anxious dweeb I am, I stood in the corner and attempted to look fascinated by the posters on the walls (they were interesting, but you can only look at so many Shakespearean actors before you just start speaking in iambic pentameter). Just when I thought I’d been there for acceptable amount of time and could slink off into isolation a voice boomed on the speakers. A tall woman in a pink jumpsuit and dangly earrings stood in front of us, she was to be the entertainment portion of the evening. Her name was Sonya Renee and she just about saved my evening. She was a slam poet, her words hit you like a tons of bricks, but instead of bruised skin you had bruised ribs from laughing so hard. She got us pumped. Excited to fight the good fight. But then she stopped the laughter, she asked us very nonchalantly, “Can I do some serious pieces for ya’ll now?” The crowd, of course, responded in the affirmative. We’d do anything to hear her powerful words for a bit longer. Reproductive Justice has never seemed so real to me as when she spoke her words. Her piece we deserve better made me realize why I do what I do. I want the world to be a place where every person in this world has the right to do what they want their bodies, no matter what. She told us her story, shared her scars, and reminisced about all of the things we have been told to be ashamed of. But she was not ashamed. She told us not to be ashamed. Her words rang true to me and have made me want to fight harder than ever to change the hearts and minds of those who seek to oppress me and my sisters. For all the people in Texas, Wisconsin, Arkansas, and everyone in this nation whose choices regarding their own bodies have been taken away by those who hate. We have to believe that we are worth fighting for and that we are not alone. Sitting in a room of 270 passionate and inspiring young activists made me feel more confident and supported than I have in my entire life, because we all believe that we will win. We saw the faces of those we are fighting for and it has made our resolve stronger. I think Mari Schimmer of Choice USA said it best when she defined reproductive justice, “When all people have the economic, social, and political power and resources to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality, and reproduction for themselves, their families, and their communities.” This is what we seek. Choice. Justice. Equality. Don’t let people tell you we’ve already won, there are so many more fights to be fought and we have to present to win them. Call your legislators, volunteer, raise awareness, and keep fighting in any way you can to preserve and improve the right to do whatever the fuck you want with your body.
Marissa Ryan, 21, activist, feminist, and cat lover
VOX: Voices for Reproductive Justice of SFSU, President
Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific, Campus Advocacy Intern
It’s a cold
day in summer
she’s riding on
the subway and
another leg presses
against hers –
and it feels nice
and she lets
and the feeling
for a few minutes.
On the same
– or maybe just
a dirty orange jacket – empty –
got in close
(the whole car
was packed like
up against her
until she could
that it was not just
in her head.
That he was
to help himself
in a subway car
filled with more people
than she ever wanted
she has brought herself,
and the other
and the rest,
onto the train
what it means
touched through clothes
and to put oneself
for convenience’s sake.
Julia Von De Bur is an art student earning her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She aspires to be a nice person despite her natural tendency towards cynicism.
drawing by Lindsay Costello
photo by Lindsay Costello
photo by Lindsay Costello
Lindsay Costello is a visual artist/student/feminist from Orlando, Florida. She studied visual art and global studies at the University of Central Florida; right now she works for a local farmer’s market and makes art in her spare time.
collage by Lupita Flores