This started as a Facebook update, but I thought it would be worth exploring at greater length here, especially as I hope to have a nice bibliography of queer women's fiction by the time I'm through.
Tagged with women
Sessions I went to:
- Negotiating Authority and Voice in a Feminist Girls' School
- Zines and Magazines: Girls Resisting and Mainstreaming
- Dinner performances: including Flamenco documentary about three young women, two of whom were Barnard students
- For Colored Girls, Track 1: "The ABC's of Colored Girls"
- Lunch performances: including SOLHOT
- Grrrls in the Library: Documenting Third Wave Feminist Activism through Zines
Plus I had some random thoughts.
18th Annual Women's Studies Conference at Southern Connecticut State University
Zines are self-published, but the motivation behind their publication is different than that driving many vanity press and chapbook authors. The principles of punk rock and riot grrrl community are fundamental to zines, not just as the cultures that birthed them in their current incarnation, but also as what separates them from other self-publications. By collecting and preserving zines, the non-music primary sources of punk rock, librarians are documenting these movements in the participants’ own voices—the voices of those too young, too politically radical, too crusty, and/or too bad mannered to appeal to the corporate media. It is important to note that zine producers are not only people who have been relegated to the margins but also people who have chosen to claim the margins. In contrast to most writers, many zine producers might choose to reject an offer from corporate publishing house. Why let someone else control what you can say, when you can do it yourself? This presentation will address the politics and cultural motivations of zine publication and contrast them with other types of self-publication. Focusing specifically on materials from Barnard College’s open-stack zine collection that uses riot grrrl and other third wave feminist zines to enhance its research-oriented Women’s Studies book collection, this paper will go on to explore why zines belong in established library collections.
Bitch magazine is looking for a Program Director.
Great publication, great town (Portland, OR), great people, living wage ($36,680*) and medical/dental/vision. I'm half tempted to apply for it myself, not that I'm qualified.
"The Big She Bang is an all-day event of workshops, panel discussions, visual art, and music by and for womyn and womyn identified artists & community members."
(You might need a MySpace account to view their schedule, but that's the only place I see it.)
I'm getting awfully tabby lately, so here are a bunch of links, so I can close tabs and not feel so bad about it.
- Betty Charm♥cils
- The future of federated searching
- Greens, after the nomination of the McKinney-Clemente...
- Is it Protected by Copyright?
- Library questions and answers
- Life on the command line
- Not guilty!
- Our government wants to define some forms of birth control as abortion
Annotations and provenance information if you read the whole post.
Last weekend I attended the Women, Action & the Media conference at MIT in Cambridge, MA. It was generally empowering and exciting to be at an activist event with a probably 90%+ female population--to learn about all the inspiring work being done, especially by young and youngish women of color.
I know it's probably bad form to post the same thing on more than one of my blogs, but it's hard not to when you really really really want to get the word out about something. So, please go see my Radical Reference post on how a government funded database on reproductive health is deliberately sabotaging access to information about abortion. (emphasis added)