F.E.M.M.E. VOLUME 1, ISSUE 4: #mensrights
FEMME is a zine roughly dedicated to exploring issues surrounding gender and sexuality and generally being a corporeally (dis)organized body in the world. issue 4 is called #mensrights—and if you’re confused by that idea, your confusion is welcome.
I’ve been thinking about this as I’ve been putting #mensrights together, because the idea started as a joke and has yet to become something more than that—which is not to say it can’t remain a joke, it just has to become a substantive one. (i.e. it should move beyond—but not leave behind!—the hashtag punchline)
so right now I think it’s going to be a nice heterogeneous melange of “serious” discussions and much more absurd/humorous/reactionary pieces, long and short, image and text, etc.
e.g. I’ll probably include excerpts of the SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanos, musings on my personal engagements with concepts like lesbian-separatist communities, an explanation of why something called “misandry” doesn’t really exist in contemporary American society at least to the extent that there aren’t significant structures of power in place that systemically do violence to men because of their maleness (and maybe a gesture toward the possibility that I’m wrong, which to be honest I don’t really think I am?? who knows, CHALLENGE ME) … does that help?
clearly it’s a complicated issue in the sense that my pervasive irreverence has a grain (or grains) of truth to it w/r/t my political positioning in the world, but of course there are also valid points to be made about damaging constructions of masculinity (e.g. right now I’m just thinking about the ways that notions of the Dangerous Black Male circulate in popular media and then totally attach themselves to real bodies with real consequences … etc) also, duh, plus: to say nothing of trans*etc bodies, of which there is much more to say
but let me make clear that this is an issue of FEMME, a zine made by a goofy “political lesbian” who focuses her desire on sexual subjects who identify as/with a variety of gender and sexual identities, and, let’s remember, FEMME stands for the Federation of Enthusiastic Misandrists and Miscellaneous Emasculators.
and with that,