Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism
Making Media, Doing Feminism
by Alison Piepmeier
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Few things herald the end of a subculture like the book-length critical study. Yet it's thrilling to see zines taken seriously in Alison Piepmeier's Girl Zines, which explores the world of handmade magazines created by women as a kind of social activism. The idea of an academic treatise on "grrrl zines"—grrrl with its triple r referring to the Riot Grrrl movement of the 1990s—is probably what compels Andi Zeisler, a founder of feminist magazine Bitch, to warn humorously in the foreword that "it can be difficult to talk today about the impact of the medium without giving off a whiff of the . . . wistful old-timer." Piepmeier's smart, insightful book, written in a theoretical idiom, is intended for zine enthusiasts but may best satisfy feminist scholars.
Piepmeier traces feminism's "tradition of informal publishing"
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