Notes on Grrrl/Queer/Feminist Zines (4)

MURAKAMI Kiyoshi / May 14, 2016

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May 13, 2016
"Grrrl/Queer/Feminist Zines": The 4th lecture
memorandum (some part of lecture contents)

I took up this tune on explaining DIY culture.
\ Robots in Disguise "DIY" (2001) [info]

I paid my attention to two following phrases on this occasion.
\ "don't take, don't break my amateur art" / "don't take, don't break my cut and paste art"

ZINE is definitely one of the "amateur art" / "cut and paste art" used here.

And "my" which is included in each phrase is also important factor.

The meaning of the emphasized "my" is the importance of "(being) personal".

"My" "personal" creation is very precious, essential, and not to be replaced (needless to say).

We must refuse that it is exploited by/in the business society and mass media.

Therefore, it must be DIY to make ZINE.

And the most beautiful thing is that a zine made "personally" is shared in community.

Therefore, the way to share zines also need to be DIY.

In this way, ZINE is the one which is the practice form of the DIY culture in various meanings.

Additionally, DIY (ZINE) culture has a meaning especially for women, queers, POC, etc. who are marginalized by/in the business society and mass media.

Then, I took up CRAFTIVISM as an example of the women-based DIY practices except ZINE.

It is very significant that women's handwork = DIY practice which is not considered to be "ART" functions as a counterculture.

DIY culture is the resistance practice, self-expression, and a tool of community construction for people who are marginalised socially.

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