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10.28.2010

New Zine: Fucking Trans Women

Even though I don't know too much about zines, I've always like the ideas of zines.  It's self-publishing, yet its self-publishing without the vanity. Zines typically are social in nature, and the fact that they are self-made (sometimes handmade), brings out the DIY anarachist in me. Who needs some publisher? I got glue and paper and Sharpies (stolen because I don't want to support the pen-industry complex, of course)!

I recently came across Fucking Trans Women ($5, pdf) by Miranda Bellewether. An activist and student based in Michigan (via her Facebook page, she doesnt' wanna be my Facebook friend, but that's okay), Mira started the zine because there was so little education on trans women's bodies. In her introduction, she states:

"More than one of my lovers, in fact basically all of them, has at one time or another lamented that there's n 'instruction manual' for my body. Even if they haven't put it in those terms they have shared a frustration with frequently lacking vocabulary, the experience, or the knowledge to be the best lover they can." (bolds added by me)

Thus, Fucking Trans Woman is an "instructional manual" of sorts for trans women about their bodies. She calls it a cookbook even. What makes me love this zine so much more is it's not just a instructional manual/cook book, but a "discourse manual": Mira deconstructs so much of what we know as sex (as you can probably tell, I kinda miss academia, but not really, I just miss talking/writing about systems of oppression et al). She attacks sexy as we know it, pornography (for its lack of diversity), and as a zine intends to not only inform and instruct, but also, to discuss.

Mira is calling for submissions for her next zine. Submission (I'm guessing) is open exclusively to trans women. As a publication space for tran women, it only makes sense. But that doesn't stop me from reading it and promoting it as work that needs to be done in the intersection of activism and publishing. This work is important and necessary, even if it's small.

[Also, a note to Mira if she's reading this (which I doubt, but still): how about a print copy? I honestly didn't read the whole thing, I have a problem with reading a 80 page PDF on my computer. A print version would let readers appericiate the graphics and the text in its full beauty. - Love, Eric.]

3 comments:

  1. What a small queer world! I went to college with Mira; we were in a couple of Women's Studies classes together. Glad you enjoyed the zine.

    --Ilse

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  2. Hi, I've been trying to find a copy of this zine but it seems that the website no longer exists and I can't find it anywhere else on the internet. I really would like to read it. Is it possible to somehow get it from you?

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  3. Hi RaeMori,

    Don't know what happened to the website, but I've uploaded the file here for download (copy and paste the link): http://www.mediafire.com/view/?xibb3uyyjifkqrp

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