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July 1, 2016
"Grrrl / Queer / Feminist Zines": The 11th lecture
memorandum (some part of lecture contents)
In this lecture, we examined an example of current zine symbolizing the essence of third-wave feminism.
The instance I paid attention to in particular is the "Poor Lass Zine" (The North, UK).
- cf. https://twitter.com/poorlasszine
This zine is defined as follows by editors.
'A collective zine focusing on real experiences of growing up/being working class - open to all genders.'
At first what we should pay attention to is a sense for names and naming things.
1) 'Poor' means 'being working class' as its name suggests.
2) The meaning of "lass" in the dictionary is as follows.
'(archaic in some dialects, informal) A young woman or girl.'
It is possible to recognize the expression of the identity of third-wave feminism in their attitude not to dare to introduce themselves as 'girl', I think. They differentiate clearly themselves from the existing 'girl culture/movement'.
They have took a strong stand on class and gender, kept open posture to all genders, and approached various problems\(#1)'work', (#2)'neighbourhood and community', (#3)'family', (#4)'relationships', (#5)'education', (#6)'health'.
And the theme of the latest 7th issue is 'race'. The problems of class, gender, and race are handled comprehensively here.
This zine tries to establish the independence of various marginalized people through facing the various differences. And they try to practice it by collecting the thought and expression of 'lasses' (girls) themselves.
Accordingly, it should be possible to define this example as the practice that have strongly the elements of third-wave feminism.
List: [Serial Publication] Notes on Grrrl / Queer / Feminist Zines
Author: MURAKAMI Kiyoshi