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Babes being perfect and sharing it with the world.

One of the things I’m grateful to feminism for is this one simple thought:  “Nothing exists in a vacuum.” The phrase is a fave in the feminist community. In its current wave, feminism is all about understanding how things bleed together. Sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, classism, etc. Nothing. exists. in a vacuum.  And I say that to get to this: Just as toxic thought does not exist in a vacuum; childhood does not either.
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Image by Alex Crawford

One of the things I’m grateful to feminism for is this one simple thought:  “Nothing exists in a vacuum.” The phrase is a fave in the feminist community. In its current wave, feminism is all about understanding how things bleed together. Sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, classism, etc. Nothing. exists. in a vacuum.  And I say that to get to this: Just as toxic thought does not exist in a vacuum; childhood does not either.

Teaching Kids ConsentThe Pulp Zine

Image by Alex Crawford

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newzealandzinereview:

Mystery Meat
by Phoebe Carse
$7
http://mysterymeat237.tumblr.com

Mystery Meat is a full colour art-zine produced by 15 year old Phoebe Carse. It consists of photographs, found images and illustrations that occupy an unnerving space between charming and creepy.

The content of the zine is introduced with an endpaper collage of stock images depicting stereotypical angst-ridden teenagers; Carse’s self-deprecating wit is evident from the get-go.

Mystery Meat reads like a well-constructed portfolio. There are two distinct threads of work that run throughout its 26 pages. The first, that we are introduced to on the cover and title page (a masterpiece of ziney-ness), is Carse’s accomplished illustration work. Mostly figurative, some depict caricatures of, I assume, people Carse has met or interacted with (a distorted gentleman, sans pants admits “I never watched that documentary you linked me”), while others occupy a familiar hip surreal space (a retro-hipster with an extra set of eyes bares his gummy teeth in luminous fluorescent colours). Of particular note is a self-portrait of the artist looking listless with candy love hearts, the kind with messages, floating in the foreground – with disparaging sentiments from “they’re humouring you” to the modern day anxiety “you accepted his friend request way too quick”.

Interspersed with the illustrated work in Mystery Meat is photographic work. There’s a range - from found photographs to digital self-portraits complete with Photo Booth window and carefully curated desktop. Grainy closely cropped photographs pace the zine and provide a vintage aesthetic (or nostalgic, depending on your age).

The inclusion of found elements with personal anecdotes via illustration, plus a helping of social media woes, is reminiscent of a Tumblr page made into a material artefact – it brings to mind ways in which the two media are so closely related in ideology. Mystery Meat is more crafty and handmade than you’d find on most Tumblrs, but it retains that new media “curation” and appropriates with abandon. For instance, on one double page spread we’ve got and image of Christopher Chiappa’s McMiracles overlaid with stickers of snack food, and in metallic lettering, lyrics cribbed directly from a Why? track. This page acts as a complete remix and a solid closer for a zine that courts the angsty and depressive, but avoids plunging in completely with its fervent attention to detail and a healthy amount of self-awareness.

Mystery Meat is a great art zine with a range of intriguing and well-curated images, which paint a self-portrait of teenager immersed in the world of social media. Hopefully there’s many more zines yet to come from Phoebe Carse.

-RR

Richard Richards is a high school visual arts teacher and designer for Potroast.

https://www.etsy.com/nz/listing/170112633/mystery-meat-zine

(Source: newzealandzinereview, via teenagemysteries)

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People With Crohn’s Disease Are Posting Bikini Selfies Inspired By The Fearless Model 

Image description: 5 color of photos of people baring skin and showing their colostomy bags. The top two are white women wearing bikinis, the middle two are shirtless men, one of whom is ripped, and the bottom photo is a white woman with a noticeable scar beside her bag.

I wish there were more body, gender, and racial diversity, but it’s great that folks with Crohn’s/folks who have colostomy bags are feeling empowered to wear what they want and not feel like they have to hide part of their body.

hey friends this is a very important post

i used to have one of these. it was life-saving and i had one for ten months. it may have helped my body heal but it destroyed my self-esteem and made me think very poorly of myself and very negatively of the world in general. i wish i had something like this around when i was going through it!!! 

(via trevettedeveaux)

micdotcom:

7 positive phrases we should be teaching America’s boys about masculinity

Common phrases like “man up,” “be a man” and “suck it up” are all part of this rhetorical tradition. What we usually want to communicate with these phrases is that our boys should learn to be independent, responsible, honorable and capable. These are all qualities essential to becoming a respectable adult man, but they are poorly communicated with chauvinistic, ambiguous phrases like “grow a pair” that send dubious messages about binary gender characteristics and what defines being a man.

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