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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 http://www.zinebook.com. 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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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.
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.