Hoax is a US bi-annual queer feminist compilation zine that aims to create a space to analyze the feminisms of our everyday lives. People of all lived experiences are encouraged to submit! Contributors do not have to identify with a particular gender and/or as feminists in order to submit work to Hoax. We ask that all potential collaborators, regardless of political and/or personal self-identities, actively agree to Hoax’s Core Values and Shared Goals before working on the project.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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
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!
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 weekfor 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!
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HUGE HOAX NEWS!
Its likely that you’ve never seen all 9 current issues of Hoax, and its also likely that you’ve wondered why older issues of the zine are so dang hard to get copies of. While we cannot continue to print issues 1-4 for various reasons (and issue 5 is actually out of print now as well! :/) as we’ve discussed in our General Hoax FAQs page, we’re aiming to accommodate the huge number of requests we get for access to the old issues. We’re happy to announce that we’ll be donating this one-of-a-kind pack of ALL the Hoax issues, 1-9, to the Philly Feminist Zine Fest raffle! PFZF is Saturday June 28th at Neighborhood House from 1-5pm and all proceeds benefit Project Safe, an organization in Philly that offers supportive services to sex workers, victims of interpersonal violence, and other vulnerable groups. We’ll be tabling alongside 4 dozen amazing feminist artists and zinesters and hope to see you there! Please check out phillyfeministzinefest.com for more info!
I don’t even have to tell you why this is important or why you should support the Kickstarter to bring back Reading Rainbow; you know why. So go do it!
Over the years I have worked with so many high school age kids who successfully hid their illiteracy. Teaching teens how to read has become sort of a unexpected ‘thing I do’ as part of my regular teaching. A lot of kids fall through the cracks, and I support all efforts to bring resources to address this.
Women & children of color labor in sweatshops everyday. There they face slave-like hours, sexual abuse, and inhumane working conditions.
Where is your money really going? Have you thought of how many children & women labored just for you to look “cute”.
Donate to a POC-woman founded company that is sweatshop free, sustainable and cultiving a mantra of giving back. We are here & here to stay! Anything helps! $1 -$5, WE JUST need your support! SUPPORT & SHARE! STREETWEAR THAT SUSTAINS
To any Tumblrites who are deaf, hard of hearing, know people who are, or just enjoy cool tech, a start-up called MotionSavvy is working on technology that uses Leap Motion to recognize sign language and and outputs written or spoken English. The project was started by a group of deaf students at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf (yay RIT!) who moved to San Francisco to develop the product with Leap.
The team has over 800 deaf beta testers, but they are looking for more. They hope to have a product available to consumers by September of 2015.