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Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism

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With names like The East Village Inky, Mend My Dress, Dear Stepdad, and I’m So Fucking Beautiful, zines created by girls and women over the past two decades make feminism’s third wave visible. These messy, photocopied do-it-yourself documents cover every imaginable subject matter and are loaded with handwriting, collage art, stickers, and glitter. Though they all reflect t ...more
Hardcover, 249 pages
Published November 18th 2009 by New York University Press (first published November 1st 2009)
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i was very pleasantly surprised with this book. i read everything that comes out about zines, & usually, people get it maybe about halfway right. a girl's guide to taking over the world was only decent because it was an anthology of real writing from girl zines. the "authors" didn't actually contribute anything useful, aside from publishing contacts. notes from underground was okay, but incredibly dated now (ut came out ten years ago), & ghettoizes girl zines while slobbering all over zi ...more
Jun 08, 2012 Rebekah rated it liked it
Shelves: zines
I reread this to get ready to write about riot grrrl zines. I had more problems with it the second time round, probably because I was being a bit more critical. I think the chapter on intersectionality and zines is by far the best. Her use of Bust as a zine which she spends a great deal of time discussing drives me nuts since there are so many other zines she could have focused on which I think would have worked better.

I wanted her to tease out a bit more why she kept using "grrrl" to refer to
Caitlin Constantine
Mar 16, 2010 Caitlin Constantine rated it really liked it
I was very excited when I first heard about this book, because I know the impact feminist zines have had on me and I think some serious academic respect is long overdue. I am not exaggerating when I say zines taught me how to think hard and how to think critically, and they played a huge role in my political and intellectual development. They plugged me into this community of incredibly intelligent, tough people who, just by knowing they existed, gave me the courage to deal with my own life. Plu ...more
Nov 25, 2013 Jason rated it it was amazing
Girl Zines describes key characteristics of a vernacular third-wave feminism by taking a variety of interdisciplinary approaches with contemporary grrrl zines: tracing select self-publications from the second wave to the third wave (Chapter 1), examining the rhetorical outcomes of zines’ materiality (Chapter 2), interpreting how their authors construct and conceive of gendered subjectivities (Chapter 3), how they insect with other forms of difference (Chapter 4), and, finally, by evaluating thei ...more
Apr 23, 2015 Saki rated it really liked it
Shelves: study, feminism
I was reading this as research into making girl zines for a project for school. Not only did it give me some fab quotes to work from as a springboard for ideas, but it gave me a lot of insight as to what types of things I should include, the history of girl zines and helped me create my own direction to move it.

I've passed this along to the other members of my group as a key piece of research material. I think that anyone looking for some reading into feminism should check this out, it certainly
Jun 16, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing
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recommended for anyone interested in zines, feminism, activism, hope for a better world. a great, comprehensive list of zine distros, libraries, etc also included in the back, and tons of other recommended reading in the extensive endnotes.

some funny connections with my favorite cartoonist/kinda zine creator l. barry which were fun to think about too.

i would give this book to anyone, and hope they give me a zine they made in response.
Susan Dickson
Aug 19, 2010 Susan Dickson rated it liked it
I was hoping for a more extensive survey of zines, but Pipmeier seems to focus mostly on about 8-10 publications. As a zine-maker and feminist myself, I was excited to see a scholarly discussion of zine culture. Considering the subject matter, the book was a bit drier that I expected it to be, but on the whole, good food for thought.
Jun 26, 2011 Mika rated it it was amazing
gets especially good with later chapters on race/ intersectional feminism and zines as pedagogy of hope, forming embodied communities. had to write a lot of quotes down for future reference. zines/expression/discussion: so necessary!
Oct 29, 2009 Trinie rated it liked it
I just reviewed this for Bookforum...but want to add it here too because it is great to see a critical perspective on zines. It's academic, would be great reference for classes and panels.
Aug 15, 2011 Mecque rated it it was amazing
An excellent exploration of girl zines and one of the most comprehensive and meaningful explanations of third-wave feminism I have ever read.
Jan 25, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zu-library
Rather academic but definitely a champion of the girl zines as an important piece of feminist culture/history.
Winston Scarlett
May 18, 2010 Winston Scarlett rated it really liked it
Great scholarship that doesn't sacrifice or stretch too far any social/cultural relevancy for the sake of academia.
May 05, 2010 winter rated it it was amazing
Some of my art from the nineties that I made for the second issue of "Bitch" is in this book.
Apr 03, 2010 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very, very interesting
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