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June 24, 2016
"Grrrl / Queer / Feminist Zines": The 10th lecture
memorandum (some part of lecture contents)
In this lecture, we examined that present Queer/POC activists (zinesters) are overcoming the problems of the Riot Grrrl movement, white feminism, and the conventional zine scene.
The instance I paid attention to in particular is the "Cutie.BPoC Fest 2016" (Berlin).
- Cutie.BPoC Festival Berlin 2016 - A festival by & for Queer_Trans*_Inter*_Black_&_PoC (2015-)
In the program of this fest of 2015, there was the 'Zine Library/Shop'.
Probably there will be it this year too.
The organisers of this fest express their stance like this.
'As QTIBPOC, we are often left out of Queer events for being Black and PoC (People of Color) and in PoC events for being too queer. This is why this dedicated space is so important.' ("Why a Cutie.BPoC Fest?")
The situation of the complex exclusion is shown here.
It is clear that building the identity of resistance has become more difficult than about 25 years ago (the age of the Riot Grrrl movement / the beginnings of the third wave feminism).
They explain that this event is 'building on the work of connected coalition projects that focus on self organising platforms for marginalised groups'.
This event aims to praise and share each person's creativity with premising the complexity of race and sexual identity.
And they state the following things.
'Respect is the only limit for your creativity: We love fabulous outfits and we hate cultural appropriation. Dress to impress not to oppress!' ("All I See Is $igns - Cutie.BPoC Fest 2016 Soli-Party" [facebook])
They are attracting attention to exploitation and oppression that can arise among the marginalised people (and that is often caused with innocence / unawareness).
Furthermore, they set 'Class' as one of the general topics of this year.
In this way, this event approaches the another wide category of difference.
Race, sexual identity, and class. Whichever we take, those have remained an open question.
But/So we must keep facing the difficulty which is produced by compound situations of those factor nevertheless.
Their challenge is unmistakably asking too much ,but will give stimulation to the current feminism and zine scene.
List: [Serial Publication] Notes on Grrrl / Queer / Feminist Zines
Author: MURAKAMI Kiyoshi