Making Zines, Doing Feminism
Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity encourages making zines as a way of doing feminism. Join us on Facebook!
What’s a Zine?
A zine (/ziːn/ ZEEN; short for fanzine) is a DIY medium with roots in 1930s science fiction fandom, 1970s punk rock culture, and the riot grrrl feminist movement of the 1990s. In her classic text Stolen Sharpie Revolution, zinester Alex Wrekk defines zines as “physical, printed, self-published creations that can consist of a single sheet of paper or many, fastened together, usually with staples; independently made for the love of creating and rarely make a profit; created by one person or with a group of people; usually photocopied.” Today, zines are also made and disseminated digitally.
Why Make Zines?
As zine scholar Alison Piepmeier argues in Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism, zines enact what bell hooks describes as “a pedagogy of hope.” Zine making allows women, gender minorities, and other marginalized people to engage in creative self-expression, to speak for themselves in a society that often silences them. Zines allow makers to critique, question, resist, and reappropriate the patriarchal mass media by taking the means of production into their own hands. Zines are a powerful medium for advocacy and social change. They are at once personal and political. Moreover, zines promote community-building by fostering a gift economy of sharing and exchange; often, they are made collectively or in community with others.
Share your ideas, experiences, and knowledge — make zines!
For more information on zines and zine culture, visit our evolving Zine Resources Guide.
Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity is offering FREE zine making kits upon request for our community members to encourage people to make zines as a way of doing feminism while social distancing. Each kit includes: a pair of scissors, a glue stick, a magazine for collaging, assorted craft paper, stickers, two pieces of white printer paper, an ETCWGE pen, instructions for making your own mini zine and more! Click the link above to fill out a request form. We will email you when your kit is ready for contactless pickup.
Virtual Zine Club
Join ETCWGE, KC Zine Con, and Paper Plains Zine Fest for our Virtual Zine Club on Zoom. With Virtual Zine Club, our goal is to provide a safer online space for people of all ages to connect and create in community while social distancing. In the interest of fostering web safety, we have decided against making links to our Zine Club Zoom meetings public. If you would like to participate in any of our Zine Club events, please fill out our pre-registration form once and we will send you a link to each of our meetings via email or text message on the days that Zine Club goes live.
The Feminist Agenda: KU ETCWGE's Collaborative Zine Project
Educate & Act: The Feminist Agenda
The Feminist Agenda, Part IV of EDUCATE & ACT: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN 2020, is a zine release and reflection event featuring contributors to The Feminist Agenda, KU ETCWGE's inaugural collaborative zine project. View the zine above or visit bit.ly/KUETCWGE-TheFeministAgenda.
- Imani Wadud (she/her), Chancellor Doctoral Fellow & PhD Candidate, American Studies at KU
- Divya Radhika Bhalla (she/her), PhD Student, Creative Writing & GTA, KU Department of English
- An Sasala (ze/zir & they/them), Alum, MA in KU Film and Media Studies
- Isaac Thomas (he/him & they/them), Alum, BA in KU Linguistics
- Miguel Roel (he/him), ETCWGE Volunteer
- Rachel Sandle (they/them), Local Feminist Zinester & Communications Assistant, Spencer Museum of Art
- Megan Williams (she/her), ETCWGE Assistant Director
Co-sponsored by The Commons, Center for Service Learning, and Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity at the University of Kansas, EDUCATE & ACT: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN 2020 is a series of events leading up to the national presidential election in November 2020. Programs in this series feature experts on different aspects of U.S. democracy and centers opportunities for civic engagement.
Recorded: Tuesday, October 6th, 2020
How to Make a Mini Zine
As part of Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity's Virtual Skill Share Series, Assistant Director Megan Williams demonstrates how to make a mini zine.
Make Mini Zines! Archive
Mini zines are tiny, 8-page zines, made by folding and cutting a single sheet of paper. Since 2016, Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity has offered over one hundred mini zine workshops at KU, including zine making series like Zines & Za at ETCWGE, Mini Zine Mondays at ECM, Queer Zine Nights with SGD, POC Zine Nights with OMA; workshops for undergraduate classes; and workshops for student organizations. We’ve also brought zine making and feminism to the community, offering workshops for local organizations including Girls Rock Lawrence, Lawrence High School’s Young Feminist Club, Boys & Girls Club, the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project, and KC Zine Con, among others.
Over the years, we have collected some of our workshop participants’ mini zines in our Make Mini Zines! Archive.
If you would like to have your mini zine included in our archive, listed either anonymously or attributed, please send a scan or high-quality photograph of your mini zine to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paper Plains Zine Fest
Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity is thrilled to partner with Wonder Fair in organizing the inaugural Paper Plains Zine Fest (PPZF) to correspond with the Paper Plains Literary Festival in Spring 2021. Follow PPZF on Facebook and Instagram for updates.