Call for Submissions: The Good Stuff, a CompZine about breastfeeding!
Looking for submissions for an awesome compzine about breastfeeding, called “The Good Stuff.”
profiles of badass breastfeeders, breastfeeding manifestas, poems, drawings, collages about breastfeeding, tales of breastfeeding, pumping, exclusively pumping, relactating, wet nursing, milk donation, weaning, NIP (nursing in public) and more! Got a recipe for lactation cookies? Tips for dealing with nursing strikes, sore nipples, low supply, over supply? Send ‘em in!
Looking for submissions primarily from breastfeeding parents, but also from lactation consultants, doulas and midwives. Would be cool to hear from breastfeeding allies too–non-parents or non-breastfeeding parents who support the breastfeeders among them!
What is a zine?? A zine is a self-published, small circulation, non-commercial booklet or magazine usually produced by one individual or a small group. This definition and more info about zines come from here.
Submission deadline is June 15, 2013. Zine will be debuting at Grand Rapids Zine Festin late August (you should come out!)
Thing that should not need to be said, but I’m saying it just in case it needs to be said: This zine is about celebrating and normalizing breastfeeding–not slamming anyone who does not or chooses not to breastfeed. Raging against a system that does not support breastfeeding? Absolutely acceptable! Raging against fellow parents for their parenting choice? Absolutely unacceptable.
Submissions, comments, questions, concerns should be e-mailed to me, Cate, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to snail mail your submission, e-mail me for the mailing address.
All contributors will receive one copy for themselves!
Please include with your submission: The name you want to be published with your work (Anonymous is okay) and a brief bio (100 words or less). Please also send your mailing address so I can send you your copy!
But saying Kill All Men is useful rhetoric in order to clarify I don’t care about being seen as a man-hater, I don’t care about men’s feelings when talking about sexism and shut up and let the women talk, boys.
Like can you imagine if some guy started catcalling you and you just turned to him and looked deeply into his eyes and started asking him super personal questions about his sexuality like “How many times this week have you masturbated? What do you think of semen? What’s your dick like, homie?”
“The thing about patriarchy is that individual men, gay and straight, are often really wonderful people who you love deeply, but they have internalized some really poisonous shit. So every once in a while they say or do something that really shakes you because you’re no longer totally certain they see you as a human being, and you feel totally disempowered to explain that to them.”—
I had my baby two weeks ago today! She was born gently in the water on a sunny afternoon. No drugs, no tearing. J was in the tub with me and my mom and doula were next to me. I was in early labor for about 72 hours and active labor for about 18. Pushed for 45 minutes! I had exactly the birth I hoped for and my daughter is perfect. Our postpartum period has been a dream—total babymoon. I’m holding her and she’s looking up at me with her big dark eyes. I’m so in love with her, with j and with our little family.
“Nonviolence declares that the American Indians could have fought off Columbus, George Washington, and all the other genocidal butchers with sit-ins; that Crazy Horse, by using violent resistance, became part of the cycle of violence, and “as bad as” Custer. Nonviolence declares that Africans could have stopped the slave trade with hunger strikes and petitions, and that those who mutinied were as bad as their captors; that mutiny, a form of violence, led to more violence, and thus, resistance led to more enslavement. Nonviolence refuses to recognize that it can only work for privileged people, who have a status protected by violence, as the perpetrators and beneficiaries of a violent hierarchy.”—Peter Gelderloos, Why Nonviolence Protects the State- Nonviolence is Racist (via thefullmetalbitch)
“Many adults are put off when youngsters pose scientific questions. Children ask why the sun is yellow, or what a dream is, or how deep you can dig a hole, or when is the world’s birthday, or why we have toes. Too many teachers and parents answer with irritation or ridicule, or quickly move on to something else. Why adults should pretend to omniscience before a five-year-old, I can’t for the life of me understand. What’s wrong with admitting that you don’t know? Children soon recognize that somehow this kind of question annoys many adults. A few more experiences like this, and another child has been lost to science. There are many better responses. If we have an idea of the answer, we could try to explain. If we don’t, we could go to the encyclopedia or the library. Or we might say to the child: “I don’t know the answer. Maybe no one knows. Maybe when you grow up, you’ll be the first to find out.”—Carl Sagan (via femmefilipina)
“I don’t believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is vertical, so it’s humiliating. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other and learns from the other. I have a lot to learn from other people.”—Eduardo Galeano (via thenewwomensmovement)
When they took away the right to vote of former felons, I said nothing.
They didn’t mention that these people had served their time and were only trying to return to society as good law-abiding citizens. It wasn’t my vote that was being suppressed so I said nothing.
When they claimed there wasn’t time to recount all the votes so the Supreme Court would select a president, I did nothing.
The media told us that despite the other guy receiving more votes we should just accept that he lost the case 5 to 4 and we needed move along, “nothing to see here”. What’s the worst that could happen?
When they decided that my voice was only a loud as my bank account could make it, I said something but it was drowned out by a billionaire’s smear campaign.
They said “money equals speech” and overturned 150 years of established law. They told us not to worry, we’d find out who was buying this election - six months after the election was over. And, hey, “some say” that guy is a socialistleftistcommunist who’s too cool to be president.
When they replaced elected officials with “special managers”, reneged on contracts, dissolved city government and sold off city assets to corporate interests, I said nothing.
When they came for the voting rights of poor working people, people of color and elderly people who don’t vote for their candidates I stood up and said something. Unfortunately with the unregulated din of superPAC ads and their noise machine it might not make a difference, unless you join in and speak out too.
If they haven’t come for your right to vote, understand that based on their past performance they haven’t come for your right to vote YET.
Speak out now, while there’s still enough of us to make a difference.
“Put simply, if a movement is not a threat, it cannot change a system based on centralized coercion and violence, and if that movement does not realize and exercise the power that makes it a threat, it cannot destroy such a system. In the world today, governments and corporations hold a near-total monopoly on power, a major aspect of which is violence. Unless we change the power relationships (and, preferably, destroy the infrastructure and culture of centralized power to make impossible the subjugation of the many to the few), those who currently benefit from the ubiquitous structural violence, who control the militaries, banks, bureaucracies, and corporations, will continue to call the shots. The elite cannot be persuaded by appeals to their conscience. Individuals who do change their minds and find a better morality will be fired, impeached, replaced, recalled, assassinated.”—Peter Gelderloos - How Nonviolence Protects the State [pdf version] (via ismashpatriarchyonthefirstdate)
BECAUSE IT’S OKAY TO PUT ‘NIGGA’ ON PHOTOS BUT NOOOO NOT A WHITE GIRL EVEN THOUGH WHITE GIRLS ARE THE ONES THAT REBLOG ALL THE PICTURES THAT SAY ‘NIGGA’ ON THEM.
i’m annoyed that for being on such an open minded blog, people can be so close minded and think that just because someone says the fucking word ‘nigga’ that they’re automatically a racist. i can send you to hundreds of blogs that actually use the real derogatory term but instead everyone is so fucking lazy that they have to bitch out me instead. get a clue. and move on.
I don’t give a fuck if you’re saying nigga or nigger, neither word should ever come out of your mouth because you’re a fucking white woman. Also, how the hell is my black ass supposed to believe that you’re not racist when you’re so determined to use a racist fucking slur for shits and giggles. Why are white people so fucking excited by this word? Why is it so funny to you? I feel like I can see you just salivating because you want to use it soooo fucking badly. Fucking hell you’re a weirdo.
Just because a black rapper says it in a song or some group of black kids at your school throw it around does not mean that it is okay for you to say it. The world doesn’t work like some fucking alternate universe where words are treated equally. Words are fucking important, they have meaning, and slurs and other forms of derogatory language have different connotations depending on who the fuck is saying them. Your blog says you’re 21 years old, yet you seem to have the wisdom of a fucking 9 year old child to be completely unable to comprehend this fact.
You have a blog full of “nigga” thrown onto random shit. You’re a white woman who apparently is so fucking eager to use a word that people who looked like you would throw at people who looked like me while harassing, demeaning, raping, or killing or them. Do you realize how fucking sick that is? I don’t care how you say it, what letters you alter, you’re a white person throwing around a word that has been used by people like you to degrade black people, and it is disgusting.
Sit down and shut the fuck up.
i am just going to copy this to a word document for when i need to shut down ignorant ass white folks
Casual reminder that Mitt Romney physically assaulted a gay man. Santorum was two letters away from calling Obama the n-word on national television. Paul Ryan laughed as an elderly man with a broken arm was tackled to the ground. All three of them have expressed their hatred of women in their policies.
Deadly serious reminder that if you vote for them, you are promoting people that have attitudes think these are okay things to do.
omg think about this, do any of these accusations even sound reasonable? Do some research and find out the truth. Look at both sides, not just the one sided news channels that dominate tv these days. Do not conform to the ignorant tendencies of this generation.
Why are liberal women so concerned with women’s rights. They act like we are still living in the 1800s. Why do they like to play the victim? Last time I checked women can literally become anything they want, even run for president. Professor, politician, soldier, religious leaders, doctors, CEOs….
Well, actually 70% of the worlds poor are female, a woman is raped every minute around the globe, female fetuses are fed to dogs in India and millions of girl children are missing in China simply for being born female. In America, 74 women are raped every hour. 87% of women in Afghanistan are illiterate and denied a basic education simply for being female. In Sierra Leone there are 2,000 deaths of mothers per 100,000 live births.1,900 per 100,000 live births in Afghanistan result in the mother’s death simply because reproduction is not a right in any sense of the word in these countries. In Morocco, victims families may offer rapists a chance to marry their victim in order to preserve family “honor.” An estimated 50,000 women are trafficked into the U.S yearly. Women in Canada and the US were forcefully sterilized until the 1970s if they had mental illness, developmental or physical disabilities, were First Nations or non-White. My aunt was one of those women. In Canada, 40-70% of all female murder victims are killed by their boyfriends or husbands. In Juarez, where the free-trade factories are (almost all employees are female) more than 500 women have been missing and their body parts have been found scattered. The police have done nothing. In El Salvador in the first 8 months of 2006, 286 women were killed. In France a woman dies every 4 days as a result of partner violence. In Egypt, 47% of “honor” killings were because the women were raped. In Egypt, 90% of girls who have undergone female genital cutting were under 14 years old. Worldwide 12 million people work in forced labour, from sweat shops to sex slaves; 98% of those in sexual slavery are female and 56% of forced labour workers are female. Up to 700,000 rapes occur each year in the United States. In Burma, marital rape is not a crime unless the victim is under 14 years old. 81% of 10 year old girls in the U.S are afraid of being fat. Only 15% of the world’s lawmakers and policy makers are female. Kuwaiti women are not even able to vote, let alone run for office. One third of Egyptian women report they are beaten at home, where the penalty for killing an ‘adulterous wife’ is one to three years in prison. In Japan, out of 104 rapes reported, only 5 were convictions. In Sudan, rapes of women by the Janjawid militas in Darfur are systematic, there are no persecutions, only for the women who have been persecuted for adultery.
Also, the US is now reversing reproductive rights, forcing women to undergo degrading procedures to give them their most basic right to control their reproduction.