The title of this brilliant zine that my friend Red Velvet just put out is pretty self-explanatory. Here’s an excerpt from the intro:
“Why does anyone feel like they can comment on bodies that don’t belong to them, particularly female bodies?
This is a zine about things that have been said to us: by friends, lovers, passerby, family, and strangers.
Some are funny, some are rude, some are simply puzzling.
Many are hurtful, and some are seriously upsetting.
All are completely unnecessary.
Generally, the people telling you things about your body are people who are not used to having their bodies critiqued in turn. This is about power, and visibility.”
The zine features 30+ anonymous submissions of cat calls, drawings, prose, and more, all compiled, edited, stapled, and carefully laid out by Red Velvet. I’m super-proud to be included in this zine and hope more editions are forthcoming! If you want to buy it (a mere two doll hairs, people), head to her Etsy store.
The first photo above is me packing this zine to take to some feminist writer friends in Oregon.
So you might have heard that three other friends and I made a zine called Habits of the Mouth…but in case you haven’t, here are some photos to whet your whistle! Lulu, Rebecca, Francesca, and I asked dear friends, scattered near and far, to send us their mouthiest prose, poetry, and art.
We put it all together in the little book you see here, hand-bound by the ladies-who-get-shit-done-themselves. We had a baller reading and release party last week, and are already brainstorming for the next one.
But what’s that? You want a copy? You’re in luck: we’re in the midst of our second print run, so we’ll have zines to spare. If you’d like one of these bad boys for a mere $5, drop me a line. If you’re local to San Francisco (or the surrounding Bay Area), we’ll hand-deliver it. If not, snail mail is no problem.
A little teaser for ya! We (Rebecca, Lulu, Francesca, and I) hosted the zine release party and reading for Habits of the Mouth on Friday night. Beautiful night, wonderful people who were great listeners, friends who brought things, strangers who became friends, the list goes on.
We’re doing another print run of the zine because we ran out of copies, so give a shout if you’d like one ($3 each). More posts to come with photos of the zine and some of the work.
Photo credits: Lulu Richter (top) and Shashin Chokshi (bottom).
A little teaser for an upcoming zine called Habits of the Mouth (hat tip to my friend Matt C. for the brilliant title/theme suggestion). Some friends and I will be putting this bad boy together, and we’re aiming for mid-April as the release date…so stay tuned!
Photo credit: Wikimedia.