Post-traumatic growth and resiliace

If you’re familiar with one or more of the subjects below and are interested in writing personal stories that meander about general issues you’ve come up against surviving, growing, learning how to make change happen, for yourself and your adopted community.

There are many books, zines and essays advising how we’d ideally organize together, support, transform etc. Titles like ‘Organizing Social Spaces as If Social Relations Matter’ aim at critiquing a certain ethos, in the hopes of moving the movement in a certain direction.

I think a more general approach would be really useful in broadening the conversation, if people could read a person’s story of surviving abuse as one important part of a larger journey that might have even kick started something positive for them, like resilience, post traumatic growth. Personal is relatable, open questions like, what has your Activist Journey felt like at different times, looking back, what are you most happy about, how have you sustained yourself through thick and thin?

Anyway enjoy this resource, and please share it out, there are a lot of dead links floating around the interwebs since zinelibrary.info shut down, I managed to scoop these up from a bunch of archived sites in wayback machine, so they’re back from the brink. Plus now in an easy to copy and paste format.

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Table of Contents

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About Consent

 

ask firstAsk First

Resources for Supporters, Survivors, and Perpetrators of Sexual Assault is a collection of resources dealing with the topic of assault and abuse. It explores consent, the dynamics of abuse, how to be a responsible partner, how to support survivors, resources for survivors, and resources for perpetrators.

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learning good consentLearning Good Consent

This is a very good zine on the topic of consent and should be required reading for everyone. It covers tons of important information: how we define consent, identifying abusive behaviour, consent in different types of relationships, how consent interacts with gender, and shares stories of consent in relationships. There is also an extensive “resources” list at the end for those who want to learn more.

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99Support Zine

By Cindy Crabb of Doris Zine.

” an anthology I put together about supporting abuse survivors. A lot of people have written to me and said that this helped them identify as survivors, and to find a way forward in their lives, find ways to change their patterns and find support and healing. This zine includes the consent questions that Andrea, Able and I came up with, and they are great way for people to start talking about consent, either with their partner(s) or with their friends.This zine is not just for survivors, but is also for people who are friends and partners with survivors, to help them understand. ”

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Let's Talk About Consent BabyLets Talk About Consent Baby

by the Down There Health Collective.

Let’s Talk About Consent is a short introduction to the topic of consent and how it functions/should function in the context of relationships. The zine opens with a series of questions about consent designed to get people thinking about consent. From there, the zine presents Antioch College’s “Sexual Offense Prevention Policy,” an excerpt from Our Bodies, Ourselves on communicating about sex, and lastly an article from Rolling Thunder called “We are all Survivors, We are All Perpetrators.”

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lets talk consent Let’s Talk Consent

Let’s Talk Consent, from the Hysteria Collective.

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CaptureNot Without My Consent

by Bullet Girl and the Enforcer

We are not exempt from being the oppressors– oppression is ingrained in our development. It is however scary to see in yourself that which you hate in society. Know what sexual assault is!

Realize the effect your actions have on people.

Let’s keep this shit far out in the open as we can

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consent philly stands upConsent

by Philly’s Pissed and Philly Stands Up

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a street car named consentA Streetcar Named Consent

This zine explores tactics for sexual consent and delight for college and beyond. It uses accessible language, and is full of tools and tips for making consent fun and easier. It was originally made for incoming students at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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an interactive consentInteractive Introduction to Consent, An

Always wanted to know what the big fuss on consent is all about? Well now is your chance! Learn the basics of consent and how to express and implement it into life.

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don't rape each otherDon’t Rape Each Other!

Consent is a community issue!

brought to you by the Olympia Street Medics Collective

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Empower yr sexy self

Empower Yr Sexy Self A Workbook

A workbook zine from some cool folks at the Wench Collective in Kentucky.

About: sensuality, intimacy, sexual identity, sexual health and reproduction, and seuxalization.

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Example Consent Policies from Medic Wiki

The purpose of this page is to collect Safer Space and Consent policies form a diverse array of events and collectives, so that organizers have a resource to find ideas, wording, and policies that fit their needs and context. Note that a lot of these poliies are centered around preventing and responding to sexual assault, but many contain much broader suggestions for making spaces safer and more accessible to all people.
Thank you to the Denver on Fire Collective for first collecting many of these policies.

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Accountability Processes, Communities Responding to Sexual Assault

The Broken TeapotThe Broken Teapot

The Broken Teapot is a collection of three essays that explore the limitations of current anarchist models of “accountability” in situations of rape and abuse. The zine raises a number of important questions regarding the “accountability processes” that have been developed over the past ten or so years to deal with these issues within the anarchist space. It’s an important piece to consider when thinking about how “broken” we all are.

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If a Man Commits Rape...If a Man Commits Rape…

If a Man Commits Rape in Newtown and No One Knows How to Deal with it.. Then Did it Ever Really Happen? is a zine that explores what happens when rape happens in a radical/anarchist community (in this case, Sydney, Australia, although the patterns are similar almost everywhere). It covers the author/survivor’s experience, the response of the “community” in Sydney, and uses this to share valuable lessons and insights about the importance of helping survivors and addressing rape within radical communities. It includes helpful ideas for how communities should respond to allegations of rape, how communities should help survivors, dealing with rape apologists, outing rapists, and more.

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BetrayalBetrayal

A Critical Analysis of Rape Culture in Anarchist Subcultures analyzes the ways in which rape takes place, is talked about, and is dealt with in anarchist subcultures. It looks at how anarchists often seek to “silence” discussion of rape by limiting it and/or preventing it and how those who do take the risk to talk about rape are often attacked and ostracized. There is also a critique of “accountability processes” and how they are often applied. Betrayal is a very critical zine to be sure, but it offers a lot for those who wish to move in new directions.

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Accounting For Ourselves

byCrimethinc
This zine is a very good analysis of the impasse that seems to exist within the anarchist space around assault and abuse. Starting from where we are at now with a thoughtful discussion of the limits and failures of accountability processes, the zine presents an insightful account of where we are at and where the problems exist. In many cases, the criticisms are very insightful, even if the conclusions aren’t always the most comforting. In response to the current impasse, the zine presents some possible new directions including survivor-led vigilantism, prevention through gender-based organizing, prioritizing conflict resolution, and a concept of “concentric circles of affinity.” This is a very good zine that should ideally encourage a lot of substantive discussion.
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dealing with conflictConflict Resolution Circles.pdf

Conflict Resolution Circles.doc

This is a handout from the Rock Dove Collective that provides an outline for an alternative model of dealing with conflict — no police, no state, no hierarchy, no jail. It’s community-based and centers around bringing people who are affected by a conflict into a facilitated circle to talk about the issues and feelings that arise from the conflict. A good beginning.

Also included is a word document with an example script outline for facilitators, as well as an outline of what circles are and aren’t intended to do.

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rock dove collective.jpgRevolution in Conflict: Anti Authoritarian Approaches to Resolving and Transforming Conflict and Harm

This is a transcript of a recording of a workshop given at the 2008 NYC Anarchist Bookfair. The workshop title is Revolution in Conflict: Anti-Authoritarian Approaches to Resolving and Transforming Conflict and Harm.

This workshop explores anti-authoritarian approaches to conflict resolution and transformation, and takes a look at methods like mediation and restorative justice from an anarchist standpoint. While we consider the long-term relevance of these options (replacing functions currently carried out by the state “after the revolution”), the main focus is on strategies we can use immediately to resolve disputes within our personal and political communities, and to begin to decrease our dependence on the state for intervention in the aftermath of harm. It talks about the anarchist theoretical context for these strategies and about practical next steps in our communities for meeting our own conflict resolution and transformation needs.

The workshop, by the way, is fucking awesome.

Hear the original recording at:

http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/26976

The workshop was presented by Danielle, who is a founding member of the Rock Dove Collective, a radical community health project in New York City. She is currently designing a pilot Restorative Justice project that will serve as a conduit into alternatives to incarceration for serious and violent offenders. She also works with young men returning from Rikers Island, and has engaged in anti- violent, empowerment-based programs with ‘at-risk’ youth since she was one herself. She has taught creative writing in prisons and jails in Illinois, Georgia, and New York. While in Atlanta, she created a project to teach conflict resolution through the arts in ‘inner city’ schools and juvenile detention centers, and did extensive gang intervention work in her community. She is currently part of a collective that offers trainings in consensus and facilitation, and has mediated conflicts using a variety of approaches for everything from two-person to large-scale community disputes

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the revolution starts at homeThe Revolution Starts At Home Confronting Partner Abuse in Activist Communities

Denver On Fire is happy to present this incredible resource in zine format! Previous editions of The Revolution Starts At Home have been in full-page-booklet style (available at http://www.incite-national.org/index.php?s=114). This format is a bit more compact.

edited by Ching-In Chen, Dulani, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Includes submissions from members of CARA, Philly’s Pissed, The Northwest Network, UBUNTU, INCITE! and more.

Concrete tools for community accountability organizing.

112 pages (28 double-sided sheets of paper in zine format)

denveronfire.org

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generation 5

Towards Transformative Justice – Generation Five

generation FIVE has spent the last decade, with allies across movements and across the country, developing Transformative Justice. Transformative Justice is an approach to respond to and prevent child sexual abuse and other forms of violence that puts transformation and liberation at the heart of the change. It is an approach the looks at the individual and community experiences as well as the social conditions. It is an approach that looks to integrate both personal and social transformation.

Our aim was to develop intervention and prevention that aligned with:
our analysis of child sexual abuse as both one of the symptoms and perpetuators of oppression and violence
politics committed to systemic change and liberation our commitment to healing, agency, and accountbility
the actual relationships and situations in which child sexual abuse happens the oppression and limitations of state responses. Through this we developed Transformative Justice. We will spend the next decade, with so many others exploring similar approaches, learning to apply the principles and practices of Transformative Justice.

The goals of Transformative Justice are:
Safety, healing, and agency for survivors
Accountability and transformation for people who harm
Community action, healing, and accountability

Transformation of the social conditions that perpetuate violence – systems of oppression and exploitation, domination, and state violence

The principles of a Transformative Justice approach to addressing all forms of violence include:

Liberation
Shifting power
Accountability
Safety
Collective Action
Respect Cultural Difference/ Guard against Cultural Relativism
Sustainability

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world without 2World Without Sexual Assault: For A Community Response to Sexual Assault

This is the second newspaper put out by the World Without collective based out of Melbourne. Their new website, different from the one listed in the newspaper, will be http://www.worldwithoutsexualassault.org/ though it is not yet online. World Without also runs a distro at http://www.myspace.com/bottlesandbonesdistro, and they have an email address: worldwithout@lists.aktivix.org

The newspaper has articles on topics like grieving and mourning, myths about sexual assault, restorative justice, consent, and support.

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Radical zines

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moral revolution coverMoral Revolution

Resistance is Fertile!!! A brilliant zine by Kriti Sharma about creating an ethics of love, a livable world, a yes in creation response with each other (based on Sarah Lucia Hoagland’s Lesbian Ethics).

Also see this political education agenda for an idea of how to use this magic in your community!

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frictionlines.gifVoices from the Friction Lines

As part of the DIY series at Charis Books and More, the oldest feminist bookstore in the Southeast, a half-dozen brilliant activists, thinkers and artists created a zine to respond to the literal and metaphorical drought that our planet, progressive movements, and our bodies are suffering. This zine provides resources towards wholeness, a spell, a word-search, do it yourself interviews for elders and young folks, poetry, a recipie and beautiful artwork. Defying the stories about scarcity all around us, this abundance of joy was created in only 2 hours.

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outlawvision.gifOutLaw Vision: Reclaiming, Truth, Power and Justice For Ourselves

A zine about responding to violence without reaffirming the biases of the law created in ONE HOUR (!!!!) by participants in an UBUNTU workshop at the Allied Media Conference. This zine includes strategies for response, examples of how people are organizing for transformative justice, a review of a one woman show, vision maps, an interactive advice column and more!

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watermelaninremix.gifThe Watermelanin Remix

This zine is a compilation of student poems and prose pieces in conversation with Paul Beatty’s The White Boy Shuffle. Remixing the poems in main character Gunnar Kaufman’s poetry collection Watermelanin, the students examined their own relationships to racism, gender, family, class, oppression and freedom. This edition also includes literary readings of each poem by fellow students and photos of the poets performing their pieces for an unsuspecting audience of bus-riders. This zine is highly recommended as a teaching tool for any class reading Beatty’s important work.

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Such a Fucking Problem

This poetry ‘zine created by POMK is a prelude to the website of the same name suchafuckingproblem.blogspot.com. Full of irony, rage and social critique this zine calls out assimilationist pressure, a culture of silence around sexual violence and apathy of all kinds.

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sex.gifS.exual E.xperience X.posed

This ‘zine presents a diverse array of sexual experiences from the point of view of female and women-identified individuals. The content of this ‘zine is specifically for grown folks, and the author hopes that this publication will find its way to women’s organizations, rape crisis centers and women’s shelters to send the message that we should all be able to tell our sexual stories without shame!

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doubleconsciousness.gifDouble Conciousness

This ‘zine by Michelle Oyeka provides a contemporary exercise in “double-consciousness” a term coined by W.E.B. DuBois’s in 1903 to explain the difficult, but important position of people of african descent in the Americas. Oyeka uses this concept to embrace her experience as the daughter of Nigerian immigrants, immersed in African-American culture and to create an aesthetic in which multiple views are valued. Oyeka’s zine features guest pages by Elisabeth Michel and Stephanie Darand.

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blackleaders.gifBlack Leaders: Misleading the Black Community

This ‘zine by Jade Miller critiques the tactics of conservative black leaders and uses the work of figures as varied as Aaron McGruder and Barack Obama to imagine what effective black leadership could look like. This is a useful conversation starter for conversations about the 2008 national and local elections.

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infection.gifInfection Confirmed

This ‘zine created by a team of pre-medical students of color seeks to examine and uncover the health disparities experienced by people of color in the United States. Including pieces on the significance of race and genomics in contemporary healthcare, the immigrant heathcare debate as well as disturbing facts and useful remedies, this publication seeks to infect the minds of its readers towards a transformation of the medical field.

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Learn Cursive

Download this handy-dandy self-explanatory zine by Jaime Danehey to learn or teach someone to write in cursive. Hear tell they’re not teaching this in school anymore. Keep writing!

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My Name is Me and Keeping it real

“My Name is Me” and “Keeping It Real” were both created by a multicultural group of women who respond to sexual violence in their everyday work in communities of color in consecutive 90 minute workshops at the CARE Annual Multicultural Gathering. Download these publications and open yourself to the range of knowledge and energy these nurses, rape crisis responders, teachers, filmakers, advocates, students, counselors and activists have shared!

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Hope and Vision The Persuit of Happiness in Times of Crisis

created at the Miami Workers Center, Miami FL

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Co/modified Bodies: A Collaborative Zine About Transformation

Created at University of North Carolina, Greensboro

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MPressed The YESPP! We Can Edition

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gender agenda easterGender Agender Lent 2012

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gender agenda 14Gender Agenda 2014

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gender agenda christmasGender Agenda Michaelmas 2014 BAD

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anarchicideAnarchicide

A zine about responsibility and intent in anarchist social circles. Plus fun illustrations. 12 pages.

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playing with firePlaying with Fire

Anarchist ideas are not dead things, to be viewed as a logical conclusion of certain ideas of justice, equality or “humanity.” There is no logical series, no precise and irrefutable argument that must convince a rational person.

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thenew connections manifestoThe New Connections Manifesto

Call for a new radical networking journal based on (Dis)Connection.

Pilot issue which includes a call for submissions, South Side ARA Anti-Fascist Scene Report, Combat Emasculation of M.L. King by Mondo we Langa, a Three Sisters Companion Planting tutorial, and information on political prisoner Tsutomu Shirosaki.

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antidrugmanAnti-Drug Mun Meetz His Match Drug Duel Comix

Apparently, part of this comix zine I put up elsewhere got censored, likely due to politically incorrect content. When I can, I will put up the last 4 pages of the zine.

But for now, you get a look at the best part of the work, with an ending that you get to guess at for now!

He he he!

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I want to let you in…

…to the shower of my heart.

The second in a series of anarchist personal ads.

This is for my friend Bobby and five anarchists in Cleveland.

from the Institute Experimental Freedom / Liam Sionnach

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rob’s revolting #2 eugene – city of doom!

this is a text-only revision of a zine i made in the winter of 2009, telling of my crash-and-burn after being released from prison.

not a happy tale, but things have only gotten worse since then. i do not recognize the optimistic person who wrote this – thinking it would be the first step in a healing process that would enable him to once again feel like part of a revolutionary movement.

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letterssix letters addressed to you

First published in 2010 this zine is composed of six handwritten letters addressed to unnamed recipients on a variety of topics ranging from Machiavelli and loneliness to Christianity and nature to addiction and unhealthy relationships to anarchy and nihilism to animals at the zoo to love and friendship.

http://patrokolos.tumblr.com

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the year of the firethe year of the fire

This is in large part a personal zine with letters reflecting on the past year, which ended up being transitional in nature for many of our authors. There was job loss, fires, relationships endings, and a general sense of hardship to overcome.

The zine also includes some winter recipes for chili, soup and vindaloo. Some DIY gift ideas, and radical christmas carols.

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disorganisationRuckus UW Seattle Disorientation 2011

This is the Ruckus (dis)orientation guide to the University of Washington. It is an inversion of college orientation guides: it orients you about communities and cool activities around UW, and the things that are actually useful to know. It disorients you from the university administration’s intended plan to sell you an alienated mass-production education while draining you like the capitalist vampires they are. We made this because we feel it took years for us discover many great things around this campus; so we’ll pass along the results from years of accidents and serendipity.

Includes articles on survival, campus organizing, the Seattle music scene, polyamory, consent, tuition hikes, anti-Sodexo sit-ins, the Canadian tar sands, poverty, Joe Hill, unions, Seattle newspapers, DIY publishing, anti-sweatshop organizing, El Salvador, the School of the Americas, Decolonize/Occupy Seattle, and a community calendar.

Ruckus is an independent newspaper for the University of Washington community by the Ruckus Collective. We are for participatory democracy, social justice, collective liberation, and resistance to killing the planet.

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Carcass in Our HeadCarcass in Our Heads, The A Mic Check

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the chimpanzineChimpanZine

-Contribution #1 by Pam Troglodytes (the meaning of life)

-A Question of Violence

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do you suffer from alienationDo You Suffer From Alienation?

from Autonomy//253 Distro

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CaptureNonviolent Communication Zine

Collaged with love for you by Liberty

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wake up teenageTeenagers Wake Up

resist to exist

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Community Struggle – Empowerment

ZINE womens self defenceWomens Self Defense #2

Stories & strategies of survival.

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self defenceFighting Back: Self Defense for Women and Girls

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intimate violence zineThoughts About Community Support Around Intimate Violence

Thoughts About Community Support Around Intimate Violence

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Community How To by Sage

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Tiqqun – Theses on the Terrible Community

tiqqun

Everyone knows the terrible communities, having spent time in them or being within them still because they are always stronger than the others. And because of that one always stays, in part – and parts at the same time. Family, school, work, and prison are the classic faces of this form of contemporary hell. But they are less interesting as they belong to an old form of market evolution and only presently survive. On the contrary, there are the terrible communities which struggle against the existing state of things that are at one and the same time attractive and better than “this world.” And at the same time their way of being closer to the truth – and therefore to joy – moves them away from freedom more than anything else.

The question we must answer in a final manner is of a more ethical than political nature because the classic political forms and their categories fit us like our childhood clothing. The question is to know if we prefer the possibility of an unknown danger to the certainty of a present pain. That is to say if we want to continue to live and speak in agreement (dissident perhaps, but always in agreement) with what has been done so far – and thus with the terrible communities – or, if we want to question that small portion of our desire that the culture has not already infested in its mess, to try – in the name of an original happiness – a different path.

This text was conceived as a contribution to that other voyage.

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How To Put Together Your Own Consent WorkshopHow To Put Together Your Own Consent Workshop

The title of this zine, How To Put Together Your Own Participatory, Community-specific, Radical Consent Workshop, is pretty straightforward and a great description of the zine’s contents. In addition to the general theme of how to put together a workshop on consent, the zine also provides tips on facilitation, space and accessibility, and additional resources. The bulk of the zine is an outline with ideas on what to say, activities to do, and materials to include.

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Toolkits and personal stories of winning

 

Indigenous Young Women Lead: Our Stories, Our Strengths, Our Truths. Edited by the Native Youth Sexual Health Network

Through our work at the Native Youth Sexual Health Network across North America and during this process we have come to understand that our expressions of ideas and emotions are so much more complex and beautiful than even English allows us to show. Films, photos, spoken word, poetry, painting and storytelling – all are here and create a connected picture of Indigenous women’s leadership on this land. They speak about traditional roles before colonization began, how it continues and the creative ways we are finding to understand and implement those roles now – something we feel is absolutely central to addressing the challenges we face as Indigenous peoples.
This publication is part of a larger collaborative project called Indigenous Young Women: Speaking Our Truths, Building Our Strengths.

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Our Communities, Our Words: Stepping Up for Racialized Girls’ Empowerment

Our Communities, Our Words, simply put, is the documentation of the best practices, reflections on programming, stories and experiences that have been shared by our Community Colleagues who are working for and with racialized girls and young women. The intention of this guide is to share frameworks, tools, and resources to support programming, and address the needs and experiences of the racialized girls and young women we work with.

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Start Something Fierce: A Young Woman’s Guide to Grassroots Organizing

Do you want to start a project? Organize an event? This zine introduces the key concepts from young women who have done it themselves. Get information on topics like collaboration, leadership styles, fundraising, anti-oppression organizing, evaluation, communications, and growing your project. In addition, there are also inspiring stories, tips and resources!

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Zine Thrivin’

A collection of stories, art and profiles from and by (mostly canadian) young women of colour who work it.This zine consists of a variety of stories, art, and profiles from and by young women of colour, which shows how growing up in the Canadian diaspora can be HARD and how we deal with it. The goal of this zine was to celebrate racialized girls and young women but you do it yourself. In your art, in your communities, in your activism, in your cooking, with your grandma, in your languages. We thrive just by living on and by moving on.

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Make Some Noise

Get started in video, photography, radio and interviewing, cyber activism, hip-hop, spoken word and poetry!

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Zine Step It Up: The Young Women’s Guide to Influencing Public Policy

This zine introduces the policy process and gives ideas for how to influence public policy at the municipal, provincial and national levels. Packed with information and inspiring stories, this zine is part of a Toolkit Series to help girls and young women take action on the issues that matter to them the most. Download zine pdf format (6.85 MB) This zine is designed to be printed out 2-sided, on legal sized (8.5×14) paper.

Look Closer: Girls and young women taking action against poverty

Think youth today are inactive and apathetic? Think again!
Look Closer! celebrates girls and young women who are changing the world.

This comic book zine was a part of the 2007 National Day of Action awareness raising campaign.

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Zine Dreams to Action (2005)

Make your dream a reality! This zine is a youth-friendly guide to learning the basics of community organizing. From Dreams to Action includes inspiring stories from other young organizers, as well as tips on fundraising, networking, evaluation, strategy, communications and links to other amazing resources
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Sex Critical

Abuse and feeling ok about sex negativity

Limited Sexuality

  • Flying – Kate Millett

Against Normative

Against False Positive Essentialism

Against Uncritical Liberation of Desire (privileged lifestyle politics)

Towards a radical subjectivity

Sex Positive

Sex Negative

Sex Militant

Fucked zine

fuxkedFUCKED: on being sexually dysfunctional in sex-positive queer scenes. a queer&feminist perzine about being fucked up about sex

As the title suggests, a zine about being sexually dysfunctional whilst participating in sex-positive queer spaces. Written by four queers, this zine discusses feeling excluded from sex-positive spaces, the limits of consent, not feeling queer ‘enough’, bad sex and sad sex.

Some things about us (from the introduction):

We are a group of four white queers, and – despite differing gender identities – were all assigned female at birth and are now usually cis-female passing. We are all currently physically non-disabled, in our 20s, south London-based, attracted to people of various genders, have had shitty abusive relationships (mostly but not exclusively with men), are currently suffering or have previously suffered from various mental health problems, love cats.

Content note: these pieces include subjects such as rape, sexual assault and coercion, abusive relationships, drug use, self-harm, anxiety and depression. The writing also reflects cisnormativity and internalised homophobia and misogyny. Content notes have also been added to individual pieces where necessary.

Word-processed, 56 pages, black & white. Includes some hand-drawn pictures of cats!

2 fucked2FUCKED 2FURIOUS: still sexually dysfunctional in sex-positive queer scenes. a queer and feminist compzine on fucking and not-fucking

The follow-up to ‘FUCKED: on being sexually dysfunctional in sex-positive queer scenes’!

More writings on being sexually dysfunctional whilst participating in sex-positive queer spaces. We took contributions from around the world to put together 2FURIOUS and this zine contains writings from fifteen different authors. It includes responses to the first zine and the workshops we’ve run since its publication, and also discusses similar topics as before: feeling excluded from sex-positive spaces, the limits of consent, not feeling queer ‘enough’, bad sex and sad sex.

Content note: these pieces include subjects such as rape, sexual assault and coercion, abusive relationships, disordered eating and mental health issues. The writings reflect internalised homophobia and misogyny.

A5 size with 40 pages, black & white copy and hand-drawn pictures of cats!

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Can't fuck won't fuckCan’t Fuck, Won’t Fuck: a discussion on the limits of sex-positivity

Have you ever felt left out or alienated by sex-positivity and the way it plays out in your interpersonal relationships or in the spaces where you hang out? Have you ever felt pressure to feel/perform desire, to be (or be seen to be) sexually active, to have relationships or date people, to do non-monogamy (or to do it in a specific way), to have fulfilling/pleasurable sex or to have certain kinds of sex?

Do you feel like sex-positivity often ignores the reality of living, and trying to be sexual, in a racist ableist cissexist hetero-patriarchal rape culture? Have you ever felt like consent shouldn’t be framed in terms of sexiness? Does your queer or feminist community fail to make space for people on the asexual and aromantic spectrums?

When most of the queer and feminist spaces we have access to are explicitly sex-positive and/or centred around hooking up, talking about sex-negative or sex-critical feelings can often make us feel like kill-joys, pissing on everyone else’s sexually liberated parade.

This discussion aims to provide a safer space in which to talk about the above questions. We will also be exploring ways in which our queer and feminist communities can be more inclusive of those who can’t fuck, won’t fuck, don’t fuck, or who choose to only fuck some of the time.

more than who fuckthis is about more than who we fuck (and who fucks us)

This zine was born out of one part desire for a writing project and one part desire for more writing to be out there about the place of personal relationships in the struggle (against authority, oppression, domination…). The things that destroy us aren’t just the cops and the prisons, but the models of relationships that are implicit, taken for granted and sap us of our ability to imagine something different. These writings, in different ways, attempt to lay out some glimpses into fights against the things the writers were taught about sex, love and close relationships

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more than who fuck 2This is about more than who we fuck (and who we don’t) #2 REAL

We said before that this zine was born partly out of our desire for more writing to be out there about the place of personal relationships in the struggle (against authority, oppression, domination, and all the bullshit). I think the same holds true this time around. We’re still fighting against all the things we’ve been taught about relationships, and we’re still figuring out hot to have radically different kinds of relationships than those we were taught to desire, and still figuring out how to bring politics into our relationships and relationships into our politics, and this zine is just a few people writing about that fight.

Please email us with thoughts, comments, etc.
morethanfckng@gmail.com

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dangerous spacesDANGEROUS SPACES: Violent Resistance, Self-Defense, and Insurrectional Struggle Against Gender

A collection of communiques and theory surrounding issues of women’s and queer violence, self-defense, and revenge.

Untorelli Press untorelli (at) riseup.net untorellipress.noblogs.org

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Toward The Queerest Insurrection

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Negative feminism, anti-social queer theory and the politics of hope

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‘Do We Scare Ya’ Cuz, We’re Not Afraid To Fuck’? Queer-feminist Punk Countercultures, Theory, Art and Action

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Enemies Rapists

Rapists, part 4 of the Enemies poster series from the Institute Experimental Freedom

From the opening paragraph:

THE RAPIST IS NOT A DEVIANT. RAPE IS THE NORM. RAPE IS NOT A CRIME OF PASSION; IT IS QUITE POSSIBLY PASSION’S FARTHEST OPPOSITE. PASSION’S CRIME PAR EXCELLENCE IS MURDER; WE MURDER FOR HATE OR FOR LOVE. MURDER IS AN ACT THAT VIOLATES “THE RIGHT TO LIFE” THAT IS PROMISED BY GOVERNMENTS; ITS LOGICAL CONCLUSION IS “PURE MURDER,” A VIOLENCE WITHOUT OBJECT. RAPE HAS ONLY ITS OBJECT. RAPE’S LOGICAL CONCUSSION IS “PURE DISTANCE.” THE RAPIST DOES NOT HATE OR LOVE ITS OBJECT; THE RAPIST ONLY FEELS DISTANCE. AT LEAST PERVERTS HAVE THEIR IMAGINATION TO FEEL AT HOME WITH. RAPISTS ARE ALONE EVEN WHEN THEY ARE WITH THEIR THOUGHT. THEY ARE THE SADDEST CREATURES TO WALK THIS EARTH.

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Delete me, I’m so ugly | New text on Madness & Despair

Forty years ago, the Socialist Patients Collective, embarked on a project to turn illness into a weapon. To hold on to the fear and paranoia that dresses our despair in its most vibrant colors; to claim that experience as valid, and as the very condition on which modern capitalism reduces sense, claim bodies as its subjects, and functions to generalize alienation. The gun followed shortly.

Three stories separated by almost a century links the terror of woman. In Daldry’s The Hours, Mrs. Dalloway lives and continues to reveal the tragedy of our world. There is nothing comforting that calls on the bodies marked dysfunctional to restrict their desire toward death. The body wants to fall, to submerge, to cough, to inhale the dark liquid and dissolve.

The house wife goes on strike, alone, acting as does the marginal factory or service worker. Stealing no longer keeps despair at bay; cheating can’t bring back the years of doomed performances ahead. The future is always bleak. Addiction, a slow death. She drowns her children, she murders herself. She interrupts, in the most grotesque and elementary form, reproduction, and she assaults the meaning of this world. Minus one.

Madness, addiction, dysfunctional positionalities. I am terrified by the pen mark of the doctor, and of the indifference afforded to me by the consciously depressed. I want to make sense of it, but I can’t. My texts, my speech, constantly acquiesce to the demand for rational discourse, molds into another author-function—disciplining her, and making room for me, and repeating the operation that gives encouragement to others who want to play with power. My experience drifting through twelve step programs will always remind me of a sense that there are those who want to hurt us, and then repair us. Who want to manage our despair, and reproduce the addicted-rock-bottom-body, the broken-mad-body, as a petri dish on which to make a different functional subject. While it’s important not to equate madness with addiction, the scandal of these dysfunctional subjects is nevertheless similar. The sadness provoked by the realization that these experiences find analogous homes in what could be called an emotional commons requires unblinking eyes, and, in the days we can get out of bed, collective self-organization of care. Should it surprise anyone that this “care” has come and will come again in the form of “force?” We chose to publish Delete Me, I’m so Ugly in order to contribute to a reading of our times through the lens of despair, to hone in on the intelligence of madness, and to continue to ask “Of what does our congregation consist?”

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how our histories ofi am no hero, and neither are you thoughts on how our histories of abuse inflect our anarchist practice

Contributions made in response to the prompt “How have our histories of abuse inflected our anarchist practice?”

-may be triggering.

-anonymous; keep it secret, keep it safe!

-title & quotes from Delete Me, I’m So Ugly.

-not imposed–print as booklet.

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betch rag.B.E.T.C.H. Rag Issue No. 2

The second zine compiled by Austin ladies’ group B.E.T.C.H. (Beautiful, Educated Thunder Cunts from Hell). This issue is about navigating space. Not outer space, but the space we already occupy and move through everyday. How we are perceived in this space and how we learn to live in it. Contents range from essays and letters, to poetry and comics.

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A-Z List of Zinesters

Arise for Social JusticeAnd Still I Rise

Boise Zine Distroyour beautiful brusied legs Issue #1

Dean Spadethis is about more than who we fuck (and who fucks us)

Fucked zineFUCKED: on being sexually dysfunctional in sex-positive queer scenes. a queer&feminist perzine about being fucked up about sex

Generation FiveTowards Transformative Justice

HomomilitiaVancouver Rape Relief Does Not Support All Survivors

Hysteria CollectiveLet’s Talk Consent

Jacq ApplebeeThat Doesn’t Happen to Black Kids!

Kisha – If I Could Live in Hope; Sexual Abuse and Survival

Olympia Street Medic CollectiveDon’t Rape Each Other!

Morgan Muffel – Fighting Back: Self Defense for Women and Girls

North West Break the Silence How To Put Together Your Own Consent Workshop

Philly Survivor Support CollectiveConsent

Radical Sex NY & Support New YorkLet’s Talk: Feminist Communication…

Tiqqun Theses on the Terrible Community

Untorelli PressDANGEROUS SPACES: Violent Resistance, Self-Defense, and Insurrectional Struggle Against Gender