[UPDATE 3/10/14: 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.]
We are totally ecstatic to announce that the topic for hoax #10 will be feminisms and EMBODIMENTS, and we are eager for feminists of all backgrounds and genders to submit! Potential ideas for 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!
please aim to send us yr amazing material to hoaxzine (at) gmail (dot) com by march 31st, 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