CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: zine dealing with body/hair/size/fat phobia for and by Indigenous peoples and people of colour.

dressupbox:

helloyelloyell:

-osito:

sheresists:

**PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY**

Call for submissions: Online and printed zine about dealing with body/hair/size/fat phobia for and by Indigenous peoples and people of colour.

Title: To be decided/announced.

Deadline: February 28th 2011

For far too long, I’ve have been made to always question my body.Always made to feel like if I waxed my sideburns/shaved my legs/signed up for weightwatchers/stopped eating so much roti, that I would live up to the potential of how beautiful I could be. I have learnt that these issues not only represent a complex fear of hair or fat, but is also emblematic of what my body represents as a queer brown body, constantly threatening whiteness, conformity and concepts of beauty that idealize skinny, hairless, colonized white bodies; among many other things. The internalized hate and racism that our communities and peoples have is destroying us, forcing us to dislike and alter our bodies, putting it through further violence and trauma.

As I have been attempting to work through this, I have had the honour of meeting so many beautiful Indigenous people and people of colour who constantly work hard at breaking down these ideas, who survive, love themselves and each other everyday for who they are. We need to share our struggles and triumphs; we need to know we aren’t alone in this. There are many people who have stories, facts, advice and successes on these issues to share with others.

For these reasons and more, with consultation from many over the past two years, I want to put together this zine for Indigenous people and people of colour to share, read, write, listen, learn, realize, question and start a path to working towards realizing how sexy and beautiful we already are.

Who? Self-identified Indigenous peoples and people of colour*, mixed race people* who have something to say about fat/size/hair/body image shit. (I’m talking about size, hair (both body and on your head) and anything else that affects your body/self love/ability to love others.

What? Submit art, writing, prose, poetry, essays, collages, lyrics, photos, stuff you’ve created that can be put in a zine (online) and photocopied to give out in printed copies.

Why? We need to address size/fat/hair phobia and our bodies, colonization, histories and provide resources and support for each other.

How? Please send all submissions to thisisourzine@gmail.com with SUBMISSION as the subject. If it can’t be emailed, email us and we will figure out a way to get your work submitted.

*= it’s important to remember how complex categories of race, sexuality, gender and identity are, and when I say self-identified Indigenous people and people of colour and mixed race people, I mean that if you identify as a person of colour or Indigenous person, but may not necessarily present phenotypically as a person of colour, we want you to submit to the zine.

Obviously we all have different experiences/understandings of how race, body image, sexuality, gender, ability, class, eating disorders, geography, status, etc. etc. come together and shape how we understand these issues, which will be an important string throughout this zine.

About me:

You are probably wondering: ‘who is this random person wanting me to share my work with them?’ Good question. My name is Aruna, I am a 23 year old fat brown woman identified first generation settler that is living on the occupied lands of the Mississauga’s of New Credit. I went to Queen’s University in Kingston, but am now back living with my parents in Scarborough; and this is my first zine ever, and think that this topic is incredibly important and something that people need to start talking about with each other. I’m not claiming ownership over this and want this to be a collective/loving/healing process with everyone involved. I have a lot of issues around my weight and in the process of trying to look for something to comfort and help me work through my shit, I never found anything useful. I think a project like this, if done properly will be useful to lots of people in a similar situation.

Remember! Deadline is February 28th 2011, all submissions and inquiries about submissions should be relayed to thisisourzine@gmail.com

In your submission, please include:

-       Your name (or name you want to be published)

-       RELIABLE Contact information (in case we need to talk to you about your work)

-       A brief (50-100 word) bio or description of who you are/what you do, etc. (if you want to include it)

-       Please make sure all attachments are either in PDF, JPEG, Word, RTF, BMP or any other compatible program.

-       Your piece/submission should be in an attachment, not copy/pasted into the email. (If you have trouble with attachments, email us for help!)

Want to submit? Get involved in the planning/making of the zine?

Wanna start a larger group out of this?

Got concerns, questions, etc?

Email me at thisisourzine@gmail.com to talk and if you’d like to get involved.

Here are some points to get you thinking about the issues I feel could be repped in this zine. A couple of points have been borrowed from another callout for ‘Occupied bodies’ by Tasha Fierce that I felt was relevant to our zine.

These are merely some starting questions, submissions should in no way feel limited to this:

-       How do you embrace/love your body?

-       What tips do you have to lessen the blows from people who hate on your fat/hair/self

-       How is loving your body an act of sovereignty or decolonization (if at all)?

-       Has your self-esteem/dislike of your body hurt your sex life? How does it stop you from exploring yourself or new partners because of fear of rejection?

-       How does being mixed race affect your body image and how you see yourself? How are you excluded from these discussions because of being mixed race?

-       Does the hair and fat phobic ways of the porn industry make you angry?

-       What images of yourself were instilled in you by your parents/guardians/other family members when you were a young child?

-       If you’re queer or two-spirit, how has being two-spirit or queer of color affected your self-image and how you desire your partner to look?

-       How has your gender (whatever that may be) affected how you understand your body, or how you have been forced to see your body?

-       If you’ve had partners who were also Indigenous or of colour, did/do you gaze upon them with the same critical eye you reserve for yourself? Why or why not?

-       Have you ever worried that your choice of partners reflected negative understandings of your own bodies/self?

-       If you’re a Trans people of colour or Indigenous person, how was your perception of your gender identity shaped? How has your self/body image changed over the years and have there been any other shifts in your thinking about your self/body image?

-       How has ability and access affected your image? Affected how you love yourself?

-       What positive or negative encounters with adults as a child helped shape that image?

-       How has your body image/size phobia issues been treated in the medical field? How has mental health played a part in it?

-       What connections do you see between colonialism and your body?

-       If you weren’t born on or feel connection to Turtle Island/occupied lands that we call ‘North America’, how has the place you came from/identify with determined your ideas around your body?

-       How did the media you consumed as a child/teen shape your body/self image today? How does it complicate it? How does the media you consume NOW affect your body/self image?

-       How did pressure from family and friends affect the way you perceived yourself after you were old enough to take care of yourself?

-       How did you feel about societal beauty and body standards as a teen? Did you rebel, or conform by any means necessary to avoid confrontation?

-       How has the globalization and dissemination of the Western beauty ideal affected you and Indigenous peoples/people of colour worldwide?

-       Debunk this: “in some cultures they ______”, – deconstructing a commonly held belief about an ethnic group’s relation to body (such as the black community supposedly being OK with fat).

The list goes on and on and is by no means complete…email us for more help if needed.

I back this so hard.

hello writing hang outs and prompts!

definitely submitting to this! i encourage my fellow rad people of color to submit also!

This sounds amazing!

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radicalqueerbrownboy:

phatrix:

Queer People of Color Liberation Project - “The Brown Elephant in the Room”

For pt 2 click here

This video depicts my specific experience of being a light skinned person of color.  I finally get someone else narrate this point of view. 

fuckyeahblackbeauties:

None gender conforming females www.thestudmagazine.com

fuckyeahblackbeauties:

None gender conforming females www.thestudmagazine.com

It’s our anniversary: seven years and still kicking.
Here’s one of us being super serious and one of us being super cool.

It’s our anniversary: seven years and still kicking.

Here’s one of us being super serious and one of us being super cool.

Obligatory pride weekend fashion post! Here is me and Fee ready to hit up Queerlesque.  It was really packed and Even though I’m not a burlesque fan, we still had fun.  We wanted to take a couples fatshion shot but then we ended up in this awkward configuration instead.  I have no clue what we’re doing. 
I think everything we’re both wearing is thrifted except our shoes.  Her’s are Toms, mine are Frye.

Obligatory pride weekend fashion post! Here is me and Fee ready to hit up Queerlesque. It was really packed and Even though I’m not a burlesque fan, we still had fun. We wanted to take a couples fatshion shot but then we ended up in this awkward configuration instead. I have no clue what we’re doing.

I think everything we’re both wearing is thrifted except our shoes. Her’s are Toms, mine are Frye.

locomotives:

[Image description: Photo of several queer people of color standing and sitting in two rows. One is holding up a sign that says “Homo” and a plaque on the bottom left of the photo says “QPOCS - Still Strugglin’ 2011”]
queersforfeminism:

QPOC Response to Toronto’s Grid Magazine article “Beyond Gay” 
They are —>  Still Fierce, Still Strugglin’ 
“…how about we move ‘beyond white?’ i’m tired of the white, middle-class gay experience trumping all other queer experiences in this city. many of us do not have access to this easy peasy ‘post-mo’ lifestyle, written about in the ‘beyond gay’ article. despite this, we still do so much awesome shit in toronto. recognize us!”

locomotives:

[Image description: Photo of several queer people of color standing and sitting in two rows. One is holding up a sign that says “Homo” and a plaque on the bottom left of the photo says “QPOCS - Still Strugglin’ 2011”]

queersforfeminism:

QPOC Response to Toronto’s Grid Magazine article “Beyond Gay” 

They are —>  Still Fierce, Still Strugglin’ 


“…how about we move ‘beyond white?’ i’m tired of the white, middle-class gay experience trumping all other queer experiences in this city. many of us do not have access to this easy peasy ‘post-mo’ lifestyle, written about in the ‘beyond gay’ article. despite this, we still do so much awesome shit in toronto. recognize us!”

After years of trying to find clothing that fits, Crystal and Ivette González-Alé decided that it was time to create a clothing line that catered to the masculine center women who often had to painstakingly search at both men’s and women’s clothing stores in order to find the “right fit.” And Marimacho (“tom boi” in Spanish) was born. With the appropriation of this Spanish slang, the González-Alé’s have reclaimed the term. The clothing is a combination of menswear with female proportions. Crystal and Ivette were able to create quality clothing that is usually hard to find or too expensive to get tailored. Their boi bombers, blazers, and button ups are so well made giving a dapper dude a happy alternative to the ill-fitting disappointments in the men’s department.

After years of trying to find clothing that fits, Crystal and Ivette González-Alé decided that it was time to create a clothing line that catered to the masculine center women who often had to painstakingly search at both men’s and women’s clothing stores in order to find the “right fit.” And Marimacho (“tom boi” in Spanish) was born. With the appropriation of this Spanish slang, the González-Alé’s have reclaimed the term. The clothing is a combination of menswear with female proportions. Crystal and Ivette were able to create quality clothing that is usually hard to find or too expensive to get tailored. Their boi bombers, blazers, and button ups are so well made giving a dapper dude a happy alternative to the ill-fitting disappointments in the men’s department.

Love this song

Yo! LGBT raps

Totally fucking amazing. Listen to this.  Seriously. Damn.

"Wear it low
i aint a high femme
im a low femme
i’m a boy femme
i’m a cold femme
but i got a weakness for a kinda girls
wanna find them wanna find them
she hold up the wall with a quiet lean
big brown eyes and a pair of baggy jeans ooH!
tall glass and a side of tangerines
have you seen her have you seen her yea.

wear it low
wear it low
wear it low
i wanna see
where it go
where it go
wear it low wear it low wear it low.

don’t have a type but
for tonight
know what i like
know what looks right yea

got a weakness for a kind of boi in the girls yea
wanna find them
she stops the room cold when she licks her lips
dark blue denim just below her hips ooh
out this world i wanna take a trip
she’s a tall glass of water wanna take a little sip yea.

wear it low
wear it low
wear it low
i wanna see
where it go
where it go
wear it low wear it low wear it low.
wear it low
wear it low
wear it low
i wanna see
where it go
where it go
wear it low wear it low wear it low.

wear it low lover flyer than a mutherfucker
wanna make you smile ask you if you wanna dance yea
wear it low lover sexier than any other wanna be the belt that be
holdin up your pants yea,
wear it low lover flyer than a mutherfucker
wanna make you smile ask you if you wanna dance yea
wear it low lover sexier than any other wanna be the belt that be
holdin up your pants yea,

wear it low
wear it low
wear it low
i wanna see
where it go
where it go
wear it low wear it low wear it low.
wear it low
wear it low
wear it low
i wanna see
where it go
where it go
wear it low wear it low wear it low.

i aint a high femme
im a low femme
i’m a boy femme
i’m a cold femme
oooh
oooh
oooh
oooh
wear it low
wear it low
wear it low
i wanna see
where it go
where it go
wear it low wear it low wear it low.”

marimacho:

Felicia from New Orleans, LA
Hunky Heartbreaker submission - 1/30/12

Hey y’all, check out my girlfriend looking super hot!

marimacho:

Felicia from New Orleans, LA

Hunky Heartbreaker submission - 1/30/12

Hey y’all, check out my girlfriend looking super hot!

marimacho:

Felicia from New Orleans, LA
Boxers or briefs? boxers.
My style icon is… stylin’ fat guys.
My favorite song while getting dressed is… Punk Under Pressure by Katey Red.
My favorite song while getting undressed is… Ya’ll Get Back Now by Big Freedia.
My biggest fashion pet peeve is… wearing too much denim at one time.  
I feel sexiest when… I’m wearing my booty shorts.
I can’t leave the house without… my leopard print Michael Kors slip on sneakers.
My favorite accessory is… my Wayfarer Raybans.
Marimacho is… ingenious and I am super excited to rock their threads.
shop || marimachobk.com || queer fashion

Aw, Fee made Hunky Hotshot of the week!

marimacho:

Felicia from New Orleans, LA

  • Boxers or briefs? boxers.
  • My style icon is… stylin’ fat guys.
  • My favorite song while getting dressed is… Punk Under Pressure by Katey Red.
  • My favorite song while getting undressed is… Ya’ll Get Back Now by Big Freedia.
  • My biggest fashion pet peeve is… wearing too much denim at one time.  
  • I feel sexiest when… I’m wearing my booty shorts.
  • I can’t leave the house without… my leopard print Michael Kors slip on sneakers.
  • My favorite accessory is… my Wayfarer Raybans.
  • Marimacho is… ingenious and I am super excited to rock their threads.

shop || marimachobk.com || queer fashion

Aw, Fee made Hunky Hotshot of the week!

I love a Bjork cover

meow…

meow…