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Acknowledgments Foreword by Andi Zeisler Introduction 1 "If I Didn't Write These Things No One Else Would Either": The Feminist Legacy of Grrrl Zines and the Origins of the Third Wave 2 Why Zines Matter: Materiality and the Creation of Embodied Community 3 Playing Dress-Up, Playing Pin-Up, Playing Mom: Zines and Gender 4 "We Are Not All One": Intersectional Identities in Grrrl Zines 5 Doing Third Wave Feminism: Zines as a Public Pedagogy of Hope Conclusion Appendix: Where to Find Zines Notes Index About the Author

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Asks what the zines can tell us about the inner lives of girls and women over the last twenty years

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Alison Piepmeier was Director and Professor of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. She was the author of Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism, among other books.


Zines are an idiosyncratic and personally distributed form of creative participatory media, engaging with topics often ignored by mainstream media. In the early 1990s, created mainly by girls and women, they began to proliferate. Piepmeier (director, women's & gender studies & English, Charleston Coll.) calls them "grrl zines." Using textual analysis, art scholarship, interviews, and participation in the subculture that creates zines, Piepmeier examines how zines not only provide voices for individual women but also contribute to the theoretical work of third wave feminism. She traces their genesis to 19th-century women's club scrapbooks and second wave feminism's mimeographed publications, then contextualizes them in feminist history while examining how they are relevant to a new generation. Using images to illustrate her close reading of five zines, she notes that the material form of the zine is an important aspect of its message. VERDICT Presented in densely written academic prose that makes for slow reading, this interdisciplinary study will be appreciated by scholars from a wide range of disciplines and may also be of interest to the producers and collectors of grrl zines. [See also our quarterly column of zine reviews in LJ's newest enewsletter, BookSmack!-Ed.]-Judy Solberg, Seattle Univ. Lib. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"Piepmeiers careful study of the zine movement in girl culture is a powerful and convincing articulation of the ways womens and girls activism has developed, and the creative forms it has taken. Leslie Heywood, editor of The Womens Movement Today "Before you could Tweet your every thought to the world, young women cut, pasted, Xeroxed, and traded their own handmade magazines through the mail. In fact, the gorgeously glossy mag you're holding in your hands right now started off as a 'zine. GIRL ZINES analyzes the beginning of the movement and its 'revolution grrrl style' roots, as well as the way 'zinesters used the medium to explore race, sexuality, and identity." BUST Magazine, Aug/Sept 2009

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