November 2006: Femzine
Who needs feminism today? We are living at a time when German TV host Eva Herman writes a book on how women have been mistaken choosing career over family and there is an outcry from all sides. Even a journalist from the conservative Bild-Zeitung takes pains to prove all of Eva Herman’s arguments wrong. Why would we need feminism any longer?
An interview-exchange between two women working at 1-euro-jobs in Frankfurt am Main. One of them is from Poland, she is in her 40’s and she is an old-school feminist; the other one is her young and critical listener Miriam from Western Germany.
The one and only Gaypride parade in Serbia in June 2001: one thousand Hooligans were beating up one hundred participants of the Gaypride in Belgrade while the police were watching. Read Claudia Lichnofsky’s report on homophobia in Serbia.
Can women openly enjoy to gaze at an erotic body on display? Can we take a strip-club for women as something like a feminist project: an erotic education program for women, where a reversal of the gaze – always linked to social power – is practiced?
Magda Dabrowska writes on the experience of teaching gender equality and tolerance at a Polish university while being confronted with homophobia and the new conservative discourse in Poland’s society.
“Where are the Women?” is the central question of Cynthia Enloe’s work on women’s struggles around the world against marginalization and militarization. According to the feminist researcher, author and activist Enloe “not only that the personal is political, but the personal is international, too“.
CONSTRUCTIVE LIFE IS THE ART OF THE FUTURE. Down with ART as bright PATCHES on the undistinguished life of the man of property. Un essai sur l’Avant-Garde contructiviste en Russie.
On one of Berlin’s flee-markets, Stephanie Endter finds old slides and retraces impressions on ‘Urlaub in Vicente’ – holidays in Vicente. The images tell the story of Western German tourists in Italy and they seem to reveal the girl’s father as the photographer; and yet one cannot be sure of what these intimate pictures tell and what is just fiction in the mind of the critical viewer.
Adapting and adopting the Russian avantgardist Stepanova as idol for the construction of the Pilotki fashion project and the femzine project.
“A gay poem” is what emerged when Ioana Bunescu attempted an English translation of a traditional Romanian folklore poem requested by Cristina Novac on the plotkisty mailing list. The translator says that the shift of meaning happened accidentally. Queering of poetry via translation from Romania.
Task of the month: a collection of sexist jokes assembled my Sinisterpenguin, Praha.
An Introduction to the Ladyfest in Vilnius: “It’s high time to shake the patriarchal roots of macho post-soviet society and at least once a year dive into an extremely delightful celebration among a crowd of women.”
Read Eszter’s case study on her fear of marriage, an institution that according to the author still imprisons intelligent women and transforms them into home-cleaning, baby-producing, dinner-cooking robots.
Emese Süvecz didn’t learn about feminism from books, but from from women she knew, like the artist Orsolya Drozdik. Through self-education, Emese was able to develop a vision of the world beyond her Christian education.
“Feminism jest trendy, tak?” a voice coming from a megaphone is asking and the crowd is shouting back: “Taak!”. In Warsaw, a new wave of feminists – male and female – is emerging in the face of the contemporary right-wing political discourse.
Gabrijela shares her experience with feminism in Zagreb. She writes on the boundaries of tolerance she is facing even within feminist circles and she calls for collaboration, self-organization and free information.
Professor Siegbert W. Schwarzenfuss is a non-existing scientist, traveler and writer. The following text consists of selected sections of professor Schwarzenfuss’ fieldnotes made during his journey to the exotic Sarmapato Land. The fieldnotes were edited by Jolanta Kossakowska.
Three rather different types of women in their late twenties are sitting in a Berlin café and are discussing womanhood in times of Lara Croft, Christina Aguilera and t.a.t.u. CO-OPERATIVE WRITING BY Amelie Kutter, Anja Hennig, Eva Pluharova-Grigiene.
Uljana Wolf’s poem “mein flurbuch” is dealing with the traces left behind by the ‘father-generation’ and with how these traces are read by the generation of daughters. In Wolf’s book this poem is situated in the wider context of German-Polish history. The second poem cycle “wald herr schaft” refers to Shakespeare’s play Titus Andronicus. It is dealing with the juxtaposition of (patriarchal) power of language and imagery, body and violence.
“When I first heard the song Rebel girl Kathleen Hanna from Bikini Kill became the queen of my world.” Linda Lantz on the riot grrrls movement and on being a woman playing punk music.
Aurelia and I were walking back from the mensa to Friedrichstrasse. It was cold and the melted snow had frozen again…
platform for alternative communication. To make a fanzine means to try
writers love to tell picked up stories, sometimes not fully grasping
their meanings themselves. Well, this is no legitimate
journalism. It’s gossip, Klatsch und Tratsch, Gerede, Plotki.
We, the editors and designers of the femzine from Poland and Germany (to begin with Jagna Jankowska who did the design of the logo until Amelie Kutter who knitted the pilot uniform) and all the people who joined us, have created sexy cotton feminist Pilotki uniforms as our collective outfit. We are producing pilotki fashion based on overalls and other working clothes of invisible and precarious workers from different countries. Pilotki feminist worker uniforms are playing with gender and cultural boundaries.