Don't support/book/attend/play shows at JR's in Philly
Head’s up, y’all. This is the type of thing we mean in our mission statement when we say “We do our best to exclude events with bands, performers, and venues that promote, condone, or willfully ignore racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and any form of malicious exclusion or…
8:25 pm • 31 July 2014 • 50 notes
Coming to YouTube on August 19th!
Frankenstein M.D. is a modern re-telling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, from Pemberley Digital, the same people who brought you The Lizzie Bennett Diaries and Emma Approved, and PBS Digital Studios. The story centers around Victoria Frankenstein (rather than “Victor” from the book), an eccentric and driven MD/PhD student who wants to prove herself in the traditionally male-dominated field of medical research. Basically, this is what we would get if Mary Shelley created a YouTube science show :)
I’m also happy to announce that I’m lending my PhD chops and serving as science consultant for the series, which is SO FUN!!! I’m working hard to make sure the science you’ll see in the series is the real thing. At least in theory. I mean, we can’t really bring frightening creatures back from the dead. Yet.
Check out the full details on the series, the cast, and the premiere here. And, just like the worlds of Lizzie Bennet and Emma Woodhouse, the Frankenstein universe will be bigger than just the videos. Here’s a few links so you can start following the characters:
9:17 pm • 28 July 2014 • 1,950 notes
@DarkMatterRage is #NotProud of the co-optation of Pride and the depoliticization of the white cis gay agenda.
Solidarity to all the trans, queer, PoC, &/ low income folks experiencing micro and macro agressions this Pride season. Keep the resistance alive!
To continue the conversation follow DarkMatter on Twitter and Facebook
Check out the rest of the tweets in this storify
2:28 am • 23 July 2014 • 9,247 notes
Here is the link to the City Lab article and the link to the actual website, Turn On Detroit’s Water.
h/t to amomenttothink for retweeting this.
2:38 pm • 22 July 2014 • 7,652 notes
You’ve Got a Friend in Pennsylvania 9: Two Years of Sobriety
For the longest time I thought countless difficulties I faced before I became sober would magically vanish by quitting drinking - but eventually I came to the realizations that I hadn’t made concrete plans for life post-booze and sobriety wasn’t the super fun root beer keg party I assumed it was going to be. I became cognizant that my issues with sobriety were innately tied into some deep hurts concerning anxiety, trauma, sexual assault, bar culture, and much more. In the 4 sections of this zine, I attempt to take stock of my mistakes and hurts over the past two years, showcase some misconceptions about sobriety that I have come up against, explain my attempts to battle my insecurity over continuing to stick to sobriety, and give some suggested pointers for folks who would like to support their sober friends and community members. This zine is B&W, 1/4 size, 38 pages, & text heavy.
I have read a few accounts of sobriety in books and zines, and I’ve found them all compelling, but Sari does something great here which I really don’t think I’ve seen before. While others have shared their stories and personal struggles, Sari also provides somewhat of a blueprint here on how someone goes about moving in the world as a sober person. They concede that they did not have a plan when making this life change, but the strategies they came up with as described through the course of this zine are very practical.
I have always appreciated hoaxzine, for which Sari is one of the main writers and publishers, in its verbosity and ability to make me either feel smarter for having read it or kicking me in the ass to educate myself in order to wrap my head around it. This work manages to maintain the brilliance of that project, but with what I found to be a more casual tone. The narrative definitely follows a structure, but that makes it flow even easier. That’s a praiseworthy accomplishment, because this is not a happy and fun adventure story, this is a serious look at what it’s like for someone who has had problems with alcohol trying to function in not only a society that encourages drinking, but a social and activist scene where drinking is especially prevalent. The weight of this topic does not detract from the enjoyment in reading about it.
There are also tips for those of us who do drink on how to be better allies to the sober people in our lives and our community, such as not being so quick to provide alcohol at events and instead consider having get-togethers, readings, etc. at dry spaces. It’s all more than reasonable. Even someone with a knee-jerk reaction who is ready to write this all off as lecturing - Sari also criticizes the “bro culture” that enables such inconsiderate people, and demonstrates the precise ways pressure is applied - will have to concede after reading this, hey, it’s not only easy to accommodate sober folks, but vital to a community that wants to be truly inclusive.
Sari provided me a whole new perspective on drinking and those people who struggle with abstaining. For that, I am in their debt, and hope to begin to repay that by wholeheartedly recommending this zine to you.
Here’s an extremely generous review of Hoax editor sari’s most recent perzine issue!
1:00 pm • 21 July 2014 • 13 notes
“Lifestyle feminism ushered in the notion that there could be as many versions of feminism as there were women. Suddenly the politics was being slowly removed from feminism. And the assumption prevailed that no matter what a woman’s politics, be she conservative or liberal, she too could fit feminism into her existing lifestyle. Obviously this way of thinking has made feminism more acceptable because its underlying assumption is that women can be feminists without fundamentally challenging or changing themselves or the culture.”
bell hooks (Feminism is for Everybody)
feminists for life, take note.
I’m always here for bell hooks dropping some truth
(Source: littleforestbats, via wonkycactus)
2:21 pm • 18 July 2014 • 2,983 notes
Portraits of homeless LGBT youth may help them find “forever families”
A New York City gallery has turned its cameras toward LGBTQ youth in the hopes it will help them finally find loving homes.
Heart Gallery NYC, a traveling exhibition of professional pictures taken by award-winning photographers of children in foster care looking for “forever families,” has set up in shop in Times Square, spotlighting LGBTQ young adults. The exhibition, which is the first of its kind, coincides with National Pride Month and will culminate at New York’s Pridefest on June 29.
Read more | Follow policymic
(Source: micdotcom, via tofuboots)
2:02 am • 16 July 2014 • 12,231 notes
Round-Up: Philly Feminist Zine Fest
hoax got an awesome write up in this post about the philly feminist zine fest - thanks cynthia!
12:29 pm • 14 July 2014 • 12 notes
Tumblr Call To Act!
A dear friend, writer, and Oregon black scholar, Walidah Imarisha, has had her work lifted without her consent and used to crowdsource and fund a documentary called Whitelandia. Whitelandia is supposed to be a movie about Oregon’s exceptionally racist history. Unfortunately the white film makers have built their entire work off the backs of black scholars and generations worth of black historians but have done little of their own research.
Walidah had this to say about Tracy MacDonald and Matt Zudrow, but I’m just going to quote a snippet:
And more than just using a clip of my program without permission, the producers stated several times, in our one face-to-face meeting as well as in various emails, that my timeline, my research and my analytical framework I put forward in my public scholarship form the spine of their film. Again, without my input or even knowledge. This situation, where my work as a Black female scholar has been used by two white filmmakers without conversation, credit, compensation or control reeks of intellectual colonialism.
My other concern is that this film raised a significant amount of money on a kickstarter using the faces, voices and stories of people who were not asked, and did not agree to it. I did not agree to be part of this project, and certainly not a part of a kickstarter campaign. It seems the majority of their money came from small donations, funded by everyday people who believe this is a vital topic that needs to be explored and shown on a larger level. People who thought they were funding a film rooted in and deeply connected to communities of color in Oregon, which unfortunately is not the case.
Here’s is Whitelandia’s facebook page.
And here are the producer’s public contact info (I did not dig for this, this was openly available). Please write them and let them know that what they’re doing is hurtful to Oregon’s community of color, and that we are deeply saddened to see them profit off black bodies while simultaneously not allowing them credit or profit from the work they create. Although their intentions may be good, this does not absolve them from their profoundly racist behavior. Please write to:
Tracy MacDonald (tmacdonald@uncolaﬁlms.com) (503-490-4054)
Matt Zudrow (mzodrow@uncolaﬁlms.com) (503-890-8132)
For the rest of Walidah’s take down on the issue, please read her response to Whitelandia at her website here
Oh, and here’s their twitter.
They’re trying to delete and block black and other poc commenters on their facebook page now.
5:41 pm • 1 July 2014 • 2,198 notes
So many of you had awesome responses to this black card (only ~60% of which were variations on masturbation, nice work ladies!), but these three were the ones that made me lol. Clockwise from top, white cards by katrinarosa, @rock-it-ship, and @bigawkwardgirl.
4:35 pm • 1 July 2014 • 1,577 notes
Rachel of Hoax Zine talks about her Intro to Feminism.
I don’t know how or if to is possible to “get into” feminism. Feminism is a set of politics and praxises. It’s something that I became interested in because I saw gender based violence in so…
come to philly feminist zine fest this weekend and say hi!
12:00 pm • 24 June 2014 • 12 notes
About half of the limited edition print of No Selves to Defend: A Legacy of Criminalizing Women of Color for Self-Defense has been sold! The project has raised much-needed funds for the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund. Marissa is facing about $250,000 in legal fees. Every contribution helps!
This book features powerful artistic renderings of women of color who were punished by the state for defending themselves, and an overview of their cases. It includes art and info about Marissa, CeCe McDonald, the New Jersey 4, and many more. Purchase your copy at the Free Marissa Store today!
11:51 am • 24 June 2014 • 761 notes
Hoax #10 - Feminisms & Embodiments: FINAL DEADLINE
Hoax #10 - Feminisms & Embodiments is still looking to publish 3-4 additional essays and several pieces of background art. We are now offering stipends for all accepted work, and our ABSOLUTELY FINAL deadline is now FRIDAY JULY 18TH, 2014!
We are totally ecstatic to announce that the topic for Hoax #10 is Feminisms and EMBODIMENTS, and we are eager for feminists of all backgrounds and genders to submit! Potential ideas for written material include, but are not limited to,:
- The Physical Body: Representations of class / gender / race within a physical body; Changing relationship to our bodies over time (aging, weight, political beliefs, surgeries, etc.); Body modifications; Having a body that is visibly marked as “Other” and/or more easily recognized by the state; (Un)intentional politics of bodily presentations; How bodily representations in media affect marginalized groups in real life; Physical transformations via surgery, hormones, plants, etc; Fat positivity and size acceptance; Physical self-defense; Ways in which the body remembers violence; Overt or subtle gendering of the body;Incarcerated bodies
- Dysphoria: Gender dysphoria; Dysphoria and eating disorders; The medicalization of dysphoria; Means to cope with dysphoria and feelings of homelessness in one’s body; Critiques of the “love yr body!” expectation within feminisms
- The Emotional Self: Do we have an “authentic self” that is impermeable to change?; How feminisms & other political stances affect our personal growth; Self-care & feminisms; “The personal is political” – The importance of that statement paired with the necessity of challenging it; Things others have tried to change about us (through force, coercion, guilt, etc.); How to rectify situations in which our assumed privileges or statuses do not match up with our lived experiences; The internal damage of unwanted or unintentional passing; Dreams and memories; False consciousness and the embodiment of false truths
- Science: Resisting biological determinism & essentialism; How scientific narratives influence our understanding of morality and “Truths”; Ways in which science reaffirms scripts of kyriarchy (ex: GID and the DSM / ties between the “obesity epidemic” and race / “hysteria”); Problems within the healthcare system; Radical mental health; Making science work for people who aren’t straight / white / western / cis / men; Pop science
- History / Culture: Mapping how former embodiments affect the present & the future; Preservation of traditions & shared traits; Storytelling and the transmission of intergenerational knowledges; Being in different moments; Unearthing connections with our predecessors / Relationships to feminists & queers of the past; Personal reflections & retrospection; The role of personal baggage; Embodiment of one’s nationality and heritage; Personal goals and transformations; “Queer time”; Distance and borders; Undocumented individuals
- Visibility: How we choose to communicate our identities (verbally and non-verbally); How different communication styles “out” us; Secrecy; Body politics & gendered expressions (“passing” and “body work”); The terminologies we use & how they impact us; Choosing how to express one’s sensitivities & vocalize need; Making decisions about sharing certain information in certain places (in school, at home, at yr job, etc.) / Choosing how to portray ourselves online in an increasingly surveilled society; Resolving the fact that our intended projections may be erroneously read / The inability to control how our embodiments are understood in certain settings; Ways to use art, theatre, and other creative mediums to display emotion; Navigating unshared oppression
- Relationships: Embodiment of other people’s histories and struggles; Learning to act in solidarity with instead of for your community members; Setting boundaries; Gaining validation via others; Consent and sexuality; Representations of healthy relationships; The social capital associated with sexual desirability; The impact of sex work on one’s personal relationships; Reproduction as a survival strategy; Relationships to technology; Queer & single parenting
- Dis/Ability: Intersections of race, gender, class, and disability; Illnesses & how they impact one’s daily life depending on how visible they are to others; Caring for disabled loved ones; The impact of trauma on one’s physical body / The correlation between trauma and illness; The impact of living with STIs and / or HIV/AIDS
- Accessible Theory: Cognitivism; Computationalism; Cartesian dualism; Biopower; Embodied imagination; Performativity; Cyborg theory
We also totally need lots of artwork (photos, collages, illustrations, drawings, paintings, comics, etc.), particularly for background designs and things that compliment the written material!
Note — We are no longer accepting poetry submission for this issue. Please click here to find a list of essay submissions we would ideally like to receive.
Please aim to send us yr amazing material to hoaxzine (at) gmail (dot) com before July 18th, 2014. If you are interested, feel free to check out our FAQs on submitting and e-mail us yr ideas for topics & artwork! As always, we are willing to work with you during any and every stage of the writing process. The sooner you send us yr work, the better!
Thank you so much to every contributor, reader, & supporter of this zine! We are looking forward to seeing yr work!
rachel & sari
OUR ABSOLUTELY FINAL DEADLINE FOR HOAX #10 IS JULY 18TH! ALL ACCEPTED SUBMISSIONS WILL BE COMPENSATED WITH STIPENDS! PLEASE REBLOG!
1:53 pm • 16 June 2014 • 35 notes
ANNOUNCEMENT: Hoax Zine Now Offering Stipends for Submissions!
Submitting written and visual work to Hoax is an act of labor and, for the past couple of years, the two of us have been contemplating how to better compensate our contributors. In the past, we have offered a free zine and pin, in addition to a chance to promote individual projects in the “About the Contributors” section in each issue. Even though we also created a Hoax mailing list earlier in 2014 to be utilized by all contributors for life, we have collectively decided that these benefits are still not enough. And so, as of the release of Hoax #10, we will be offering small stipends to all contributors whose work is printed.
Hoax is an entirely DIY project, and neither of us earn a cent from our efforts. We work up to a combined 45-50 hours per week for free to ensure that Hoax remains in print. All of the money that we make from sales goes back into printing and promotional work. With that said, we are currently unsure exactly how much we will be able to pay each contributor. The amount we offer will depend on the amount of revenue from sales and pre-sales, and will be distributed in the month/s after future zines have been released. Although we cannot afford to pay very much (probably just enough to purchase a cup of coffee or another zine), we hope that offering a stipend, however small, will ensure that contributors know that their submissions are valued.
For the past five years, we have worked tirelessly to keep each 60-80 page issue at $3 to ensure that it is accessible to people of various income levels. However, upon further consideration, we have decided compensating our contributors is just important as keeping each issue at such a low price. We are therefore actively considering raising the cost of each issue to $3.50-$4 in order to ensure that all contributors can obtain a small stipend. Please continue to check our website (hoaxzine dot tumblr dot com) for updates about cost.
In the context of our decision to offer a small stipend to our contributors, we would like to shed some additional light on our editing and acceptance processes. We are extremely fortunate to receive many submissions for Hoax; however, we choose not to print a number of them. Oftentimes, the pieces that we reject are really powerful and dynamic, yet they do not work for the issue we are assembling. The following is a list of some of the many factors that determine whether or not a submission is accepted for print.
Each author’s willingness to work with us to make multiple rounds of edits. We ask for a second or third draft for nearly all submissions in the hopes that readers with a variety of lived experiences and reading comprehension skills will be able to fully grasp the depth of each piece. We prioritize printing work from authors who are flexible and willing to work with us as we make editorial changes and / or offer suggestions regarding content. We will absolutely not print anything that contributors do not fully approve of, and are willing to work with potential contributors throughout all stages of the writing process.
The adherence to theme of the specific issue and the mission statement / shared goals of Hoax as a project. You might submit a magnum opus, but if your submission does not adhere to the theme we are currently working on it will not be accepted for the issue. We may, however, ask to hold your piece “on file” in case it fits with a future issue. Additionally, Hoax aims to be an anti-racist, anti-imperialist, trans-inclusive project. We are vigilant to avoid to printing work with any white supremacist, imperialistic, classistic misogynistic, and / or cissexist undertones. Our mission and shared goals can be found in detail at hoaxzine dot tumblr dot com.
The identities reflected in the piece that is submitted. We aim to prioritize showcasing the narratives of those whom are commonly excluded within liberal feminism (including, but not limited to, people of color, non-western people, transgender individuals and transgender women specifically, undocumented people, people whom have been incarcerated, and people engaged in transactional sex trades). Additionally, one of our goals is to present varied, dissimilar narratives together in one zine in an attempt to debunk binaries of “valid” and “invalid” experiences related to anti-oppression work
The length of each individual piece. Assembling Hoax often feels like putting together a giant puzzle. We need a mix of long and short submissions in order for the zine to be printed. We tend to prioritize earlier submissions, and sometimes choose to reject last minute submissions because they do not fit with our space constraints.
The date that the piece is submitted. As stated above, Hoax accepts pieces on a rolling basis. Oftentimes, writers contribute amazing pieces last minute. However, if these pieces very closely resemble other work that has already been accepted, we will be unable to print it.
For art: Whether the designs can be properly formatted. Hoax is a half-size zine, and we use Microsoft Publisher to assemble all of the submissions. Art with too much contrast and that is not the correct size can, oftentimes, be impossible to format. For example, simple line drawings and images that are starkly black and white and thus unable to be “washed out” cannot be accepted due to the inability for text to be legible over top of them.
For more information about Hoax’s editorial process, check out our submission FAQs at this link. You may also email us at hoaxzine (at) gmail (dot) com. We are asking that all of our followers and those who support us reblog this to help spread the word!
rachel & sari
1:40 pm • 16 June 2014 • 13 notes