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Girls Guide to Taking Over the World: Writings From The Girl Zine Revolution Paperback – July 15, 1997

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A collection from the world of zines, self-produced works ranging from Xeroxed manifestoes to slickly printed magazines, these essays come thundering up from the underground. Organized around such topics as "friends secrets sex," "music stars idols," and "politics anger power," the selections range from the angry to the funny to the poignant. This is a very good introduction to the world of girl zines, and it's definitely not for the old ladies in Dubuque.

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Zines are quirky publications with small but loyal audiences. Rowe, an assistant editor at Playboy, aptly characterizes them as "Tinkertoys for malcontents." Rowe gathers here what he considers to be "gems" from a wide variety of popular zines, including Basura, Ben Is Dead, TV Grind, Fat!So?, and Mystery Date. Sex, entertainment, food, drugs, and self-help are among the topics discussed. Sometimes these topics overlap, as in a Ben Is Dead article containing a recipe for edible panties. How-to articles range from a guide to becoming a cult guru to directions for bicycle stunts. A directory of zines with prices is included. Taormino and Green, the publisher and editor and the copublisher and art director, respectively, of Pucker Up magazine, also offer a sampler and directory, but theirs has a narrower focus?zines published by and for women. Sex, family relationships, celebrity watching, and rebellion are some of the subjects explored in articles with titles like "Learning To Fuck," "Jesus Kick," "The Day I Met Oprah," and "Girls with Guns." While the writing is often provocative, articles on incest, sexual abuse, and teen pregnancy aim to be supportive and healing. Interviews with zine publishers are also included. Given the ephemeral nature of the zines, the Internet might be a better medium for publications of this type. Rowe, in fact, includes a reference to the Book of Zines Web Page at Recommended only for libraries with comprehensive collections in popular culture and women's studies.?William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed edition (July 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312155352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312155353
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tristan Taormino is an award-winning author, sex educator, speaker, filmmaker, and radio host. She is the author of seven books, including The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women, Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships, The Secrets of Great G-Spot Orgasms and Female Ejaculation, The Big Book of Sex Toys, and True List: Adventures in Sex, Porn and Perversion. She is the editor of more than 25 anthologies including The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge and Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica, winner of a 2012 Lambda Literary Award. She was creator and series editor of the Best Lesbian Erotica anthology series. Her books have sold over 500,000 copies and been translated into many languages. She's written for a multitude of publications from Yale Journal of Law and Feminism to Penthouse, and served as editor of the magazine On Our Backs. She was a syndicated columnist for The Village Voice for nine and a half years and writes an advice column for Taboo Magazine.

She is the producer and host of Sex Out Loud, a weekly radio show on the VoiceAmerica Network. As the head of Smart Ass Productions, she has directed and produced twenty-four sex education and erotic films; she is currently an exclusive director for Vivid Entertainment. Her films have won more than a dozen awards. Tristan and her work have been featured in over 400 publications including O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Entertainment Weekly, Details, New York Magazine, Men's Health, and Playboy. She has appeared on HBO's Real Sex, The Howard Stern Show, Melissa Harris-Perry, Loveline, MTV, CNN, NBC, MTV, Oxygen, Fox News, The Discovery Channel, and on over a hundred radio shows; she was the resident sex expert and a recurring guest on two seasons of Ricki Lake.

Tristan's work, writing and films are routinely used in college courses to explore the complex issues of relationship and sexual diversity, politics and media. As a speaker, she is widely regarded as an expert on a diverse range of topics from sexual empowerment and LGBTQ sexuality to non-monogamy and feminist pornography. She lectures at top colleges and universities including Yale, Cornell, Princeton, Brown, Harvard, Columbia, Smith, Johns Hopkins, and UCLA, where she speaks on gay and lesbian issues, sexuality and gender, and feminism. She teaches sex and relationship workshops around the world.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By on June 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
Absolutely the best purchase I've ever made. This book is incredible. It will have you falling off the bed laughing, clenching your fists in frustration, wiping your teary eyes, shaking your head with an evil grin on your face, and most importantly, it will leave you completely saturated with inspiration.
If you've ever had anything at all to say to the world, but didn't - whether it was because you weighed yourself down with doubt or just kept making excuses - this book will get you off the couch and into the right place to write your own manifesto.
This book really gives hope to all those girls out there, who, as I did at 16, wonder if they're the only non-apathetic teenage girl left in the world. This book clearly shows that feminism is not dead, simply modified. This book is a must for all those girls who want to buck the establishment encouraged view of women as mere playthings.
I would give this book Ten stars if I could. Without a doubt, this should be required reading for every young girl.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Liz on June 18, 2001
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If you know nothing about zines, then this is one of the best books to start with. If you want to know more about third wave feminism or girl culture (esp. riot grrrl culture), I'd again recommend this book. It's easy to read and articles range from the hysterical tongue-in-cheek "barbies we'd like to see" to the in-depth look at the idea and reality of sisterhood. The articles are as diverse in subject matter as the girls themselves. Queer, Asian-American, African-American, Moms, Jewess--whatever. Almost all shades of the spectrum are covered. But what is truly the essence of the book, and the point of zines, is that nothing is censored, drained of content and put in a pretty, grammatically correct package ready for consumption. It's totally DIY and all the editors did was put together the best so that all girls, even those NOT living in metro USA, could reach out and learn how to get into the loop and meet like-minded young women. Or become a zine-goddess themselves.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 1999
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This book totally changed my life. I bought it when i was first starting my zine, and it totally got me motivated, inspired, and feeling incredibly empowered. There are so many wonderful grrrl zines out there, and this is a great representation of just a small amount of them. i highly recommend this book to everyone, b/c it's so beautifully full of information, empowerment, life, and honesty that someone in a glossy magazine like seventeen just isnt going to give you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Baroness Von Grim on June 7, 2004
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I love D.I.Y. - the self-sufficiency of it, making your own rules, the freedom of expression, the "only limited by your own imagination" swing of it - and zines are a perfect example. Such a great outlet for sounding off, acting up, getting silly, making a point, and unrestrained creativity in general.
This is a wonderful compilation of what girls in the zine world have been up to and a great source of inspiration for those who are interested in starting their own or would just like to know there are others out there who feel the same way she does. Due to the lack of almighty higher ups to answer to, the idiosyncrasies, obsessions, and pure raw energy of the authors are not ironed out, watered down, or completely obliterated. Of course, this leads to a mixed bag in the quality department but you can't blame a girl for giving it her all. Editors, Karen Green and Tristan Taormino, have done a fine job of culling from some of the best.
The young women in this book tackle such topics as family, religion, sexism, racism, body image, sex, rape, feminism, guns, and celebrities. There is much insight and wisdom in these pages, as well as humor and a dose of absurdity.
For every female who has ever been told to behave, shut-up, be nice, lose weight, keep your legs crossed, sit up straight, be a good girl, smile, look pretty, blah blah blah...some kind of conduit is needed to release the repressed rage and humiliation. Making a zine is one solution and it's far more beneficial than cutting up your arms.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 1999
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This book is so great!! I continue to reread it and rediscover aspects of it everyday! Wow, what a great read!! If you are at all interested in female indepedence this book is for you. You will be continually amazed--I was!
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40 of 56 people found the following review helpful By jenny on February 23, 2001
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EXTREMELY disappointing. Admittedly, my expectations were high, but really now. Most pieces were either boring or a complete BACKLASH to the feminist movement. Specifically the piece "Baby don't do it" which is about how stupid you are to get pregnant and how you'll never have a good life and blah blah blah, the pieces written by BUST writers, because their whole magazine (even the pieces in this book) were all a bunch of garbage, including a piece where the writer whines about her dad being the best man in the whole world, so now she can't find a good man because none of them are like her father. BOO HOO. Then there is a piece titled "what does sassy mean to you" and this girl lists all of these horrible things sassy promotes, but then goes on to talk about how great it is. Oh yeah, and there's also an article on how terrible grrrl bands/musicians are today, which is complete trash, because we've never been stronger. I think I've ranted enough.
I bookmarked all of the good pieces that promote real issues and feminist-minded experience, etc. and i got six. six. that's sad, and i'm sorry for those wonderful, amazing women who are being paired with such ....
I probably shouldn't have gone off, but i this book is definitly eye-catching and any grrrl of my generation would drool at the site of it, and that scares me. i don't like knowing that grrrls might feed from such ignorance.
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