Ponyboy – radical eating disorder activist, author of ANAlog, tabler at this coming Feminist Zinefest – gives us the scoop on their work:
3. What does it mean to do “feminist zine-making”? Does feminism appear in your work (explicitly or implicitly)?
i am genderqueer — though i was female-assigned at birth, i don’t fit into the female/male binary and don’t identify as female. given this, i’ve had a complicated relationship to feminism — or, maybe more accurately, i’ve had a complicated relationship to some feminists and their expressions and definitions of feminism. i don’t identify with an essentialist feminism, one that focuses on sussing out who the “real” women in the movement are, and in my zine i talk about the liberation i experienced when i discovered that i could call my body parts whatever i wanted, and when i realized that i didn’t have to let culture dictate what my body should look like/behave like. all of that being said, i think feminism should be widened, not done away with, and i think a lot of good people are doing good work to widen feminism today — to make sure that it includes all kinds of bodies and identities, to make sure that it stays within a radical framework. i would like to think of my zine as a contribution to this widening feminism, and think it’s crucial that any radical examination of eating disorders take place through a feminist lens: eating disorders are rebellions against capitalism and patriarchy’s incursions on our bodies, and the state has always attempted to control the population by controlling female-assigned bodies first and foremost.
4. What is your favorite zine or piece of mail art? Do you like any specific style/part of a zine?
see question number two! : )
5. If you could sum up your zinester life in a kitchen appliance, what appliance would it be?
hmm… as an eating disorder activist, this is an interesting question to consider! i think i’d be a knife with a pink handle.