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.
grrful asked: hi, i know this question seems out of left field, but did you ever post an article about the use of colors--how white europeans generally avoided bright colors, and traded these with african and indian (iirc) ethnic groups for goods, and thus a lot of orientalism is founded on the use of ~exotic bright colors or something like that? if so, do you have a link to it? :<
February is national eating disorders awareness month. I mostly have bitterness for it, not just for the winter and its cold, but for the reality that the cold was once much harsher against my much sicker, smaller body. And that once, I had nothing but shame for the experience. My eating disorder took up most of my teenage-hood. Younger me had plenty of media representations of people with eating disorders. Trouble is, they were exclusively representations of white, skinny ciswomen. Every year, a white, skinny cis woman would come talk at my health class or school assembly about her experience. This wasn’t a mirror for me to look into; it was a portrait of why I had an eating disorder to begin with.
I remember being hugely troubled by the language many of the speakers and health educators would use about their experiences: that ‘eating disorders were about power and control, not beauty’. As if this were a dichotomy. As if beauty were something other than a system of control and domination. There is nothing shallow about beauty; I have drowned in it. My anorexia had everything to do with affluent white womanhood, something not available to me, but that I was systemically surrounded by. It had everything to do with heterosexuality: an aspiration for ‘proper and dignified’ white womanhood – that is ultimately desirable to white masculinity.
Legislators in South Carolina have voted to pull $52,000 in funding from the College in Charleston for assigning Allison Bechdel’s graphic novel “Fun Home” (which Rep. Garry Smith said could be considered pornography) and $17,142 from the University of South Carolina Upstate for assigning the media history “Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio” as required reading for freshman.
This is usual Republican anti-LGBT reactionary nonsense, but this quote was telling:
"Because critical thinking allows for both sides to be freely debated, not pushing a social agenda [of] a few."
That was Rep. Smith.
Here’s the thing: “both sides” are represented because freshman were also required to read books about non-LGBT subjects and with heterosexual characters. That’s “both sides” such that sides exist.
What Smith means, however, is that if freshmen are required to read books with positive depictions of LGBT characters or subjects, balance would require that they read books with negative depictions of LGBT characters or subjects.
While I’m not a fan of the “you wouldn’t say that about [insert other group]” game, doing so in this case is illustrative. “If freshmen are required to read this book with a positively presented main female character they must also read a book with a female villain.” “If freshmen are required to read this book which positively represents the black civil rights movement they must also read a book which criticizes it.”
To Smith and his cohort in the legislature, the mere presence of LGBT people or representation of LGBT history without homophobic counterpoint is the inappropriate pushing of a social agenda.
But somehow, having all representation having to coexist with opinion which denies us the right to our existence is just “proper academic debate.”
HOLDING STILL FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE by Zoe Whittall *new* book club edition coming out soon Buy here at Indigo (Canada) for just $10.79 or, here at the publisher’s site or, ya know, Amazon or whatever.
One of the best trans novels out there—winner of the 2010 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction. Tell your book club to put it on the roster!
We have basically zero organizing done for this but we really want to make it happen by April of this year!
DJ FOR DANCE PARTY
DISTROS/MERCHANTS TO TABLE
SPOKEN WORD ARTISTS
LOCATION IN LA (we have two locations we’re thinking of rn)
Find “S.Q.U.A.D.” on facebook and join the group to let us know what’s up! Solidarity Queer Unity and Diversity (S.Q.U.A.D.), Los Angeles Queer Resistance (LAQR) and potentially USC QPOC will be collaborating to organize this
S.Q.U.A.D. is a qpoc-run group. We distro radical/progressive queer* and poc-centric zines+. Our mission is to establish a queer presence in radical spaces to make them safer and more comfortable for people like us.
Jayne County talking about trans and queer life in New York City in the 1960s. She explains the “sex searches” police would conduct on drag queens and trans women during gay bar raids, making people expose their genitals to the police.
[Image: a black and white photo of a young black men jazz musicians either in rehearsal or performance, who are all seated with their instruments. White text across the top of the image reads, “In the 1940s, black jazz musicians started calling each other “man” because they were usually called “boy” by everybody else.”]
HEY EVERYONE! I finally bought my plane tickets. I’ll be working at Speakeasy Custom Tattoo in Chicago during zinefest March 14th through 16th. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.