I wanted to give a quick shout-out to a few asexy zines that I’m aware of. So far, I haven’t been able to contribute myself yet—it’s a little weird, to be honest, because the things I have written that might be appropriate are all quite personal and I haven’t decided how I should handle publishing them yet. One particular essay also involves lots of pictures, which I’m not sure I have the appropriate permissions for. Perhaps it would be better to just try to compile these into my own collection… But in any case, I wanted to make sure others know about them, so that you can contribute if you want to!
First, Mage is working on two zines, one about asexuality and feminism, and a second one that is more personal called Asexy. She is looking for contributors for the second issue of Asexual Feminism, which will be about the medicalization of asexuality. You can download the first issue as a .PDF file and put it together yourself; the instructions and download link are posted here.
The other zine I’m aware of, but haven’t heard anything about in quite a while is Weird Terrain, which I’d highly recommend. Do you know of any others that aren’t listed here, or thinking about starting one yourself? Let me know in the comments!
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Thanks for the shout out!
By the way, if you’re concerned about images and permissions, there are a few different ways you can handle that depending on where the images came from.
Most zines contain images that were created by other people and are used without permission. Since zines are small circulation (the majority probably run at 250 copies max), even if you were to use images taken from, say, Disney cartoons it is highly unlikely that you’d be liable.
It’s also not unusual to just make a brief statement thanking the photographer or source directly.
If you’re concerned about using images of people without the permission of the people who are in them, you could use an editing program to blur their faces/make them less recognizable.
Just some thoughts.
I have both types of images in there, though the ones that worry me more are the pictures of other people, and the ones of myself. Maintaining a level of anonymity is necessary for me, for both safety and most likely eventually legal reasons. Though any way I look at it, I’d have to rework that essay, especially if I make it part of a zine or chapbook, because of the smaller size on paper that I’d be working with.
Yay for zines! This thread talked about a third asexual zine, although I’m not sure what the status of it is:
Thanks for that link, Ily!
trying to find weird terrain on the web has only led to dead ends — do you know how i could get ahold of a copy?
Unfortunately, no, I have no idea. I’m not sure if you still can get a copy, as ghosts seems to have stopped making them, and mentioned her computer crashing a while back so may not have backups? I’d try getting in contact with her directly, if you can, by PMing her on AVEN or Apositive.
I wrote a zine called “Asexy Life”during the summer of 2010 which ily mentioned
Here is a linky to the pdf/printer-friendly version:
You could also buy it at microcosm:
Cool, thanks for the link! :)
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