Bitches, Zines & Lending Libraries – and Women, Food & Consumption (Oh my!)

May 12th, 2010 8:41 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Kaylee can’t decide between Jane Goodall’s The Chimpanzees of Gombe and Owen & Chiras’s Natural Resource Conservation, sixth ed. What’s a gal to do!? CC image via ME on Flickr.
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Vegans, feminists and (especially) vegan feminists, listen up! Via Bitch Media and MP: An Online Feminist Journal come two shiny opportunities to contribute to feminist projects – and advocate for your nonhuman sisters at the same time!

First up: Bitch Media, which recently established a Community Lending Library in Portland. Currently boasting over 1,000 books, the project welcomes donations of feminist titles. Seeing as animal advocacy oftentimes dovetails with feminism, the Lending Library is a great way to get animal rights books into the hands of non-veg feminists. So if you’ve got a spare copy of The Sexual Politics of Meat or Sistah Vegan gathering dust on your bookshelf, why not donate it to this totally rad community project? (Those with BookMooch or similar accounts can also swap books to donate directly to the library…by which I mean “ship to,” as Bitch isn’t currently listed as a member/charity on BookMooch.)

But wait! There’s more! In its latest newsletter, Bitch announced that it would also like to build up its zine collection. Woman, feminist and/or vegan zinesters, read on for details on how to get a copy of your own zines (or your favorite zines) onto the shelves of Bitch. (Peace to All Creatures, anyone?)

Biblio-Bitches Rejoice! Zinesters Unite!

The Bitch Community Lending Library is open and ready for new and returning card holders to drop by. Open from 5-8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Monday-Friday by appointment, you will have a chance to browse more than 1,000 titles of feminist literature, research and writing (and maybe even take a few home?). You can also take the time to meet Bitch’s library coordinator, Ashley McAllister, who has been hard at work adding new titles, filling the shelves and familiarizing herself with the subtleties of issuing cards.

One of the first things that Ashley wants to do in the library is start a collection of reader-donated zines. Bitch started its life as a zine and will always have a soft spot for the format, so we’re excited to honor self-publishing by creating a dedicated space for zines in our lending library. We’re adding a zine library to the 1,000-plus books already in our collection, and excited to share the breadth of self-published materials with our members.

If you’re either a zinemaker yourself or have a zine collection that you’re looking to either pare down or donate entirely, let us know! We’re looking for zines made by and for feminist thinkers, activists, and fans, though they don’t have to be “grrrl zines” per se. Whether your zines were Xeroxed back in 1992 or just last month, we’d love to have them. If you’ve got a large collection that you want to ship to us, please contact Ashley McAllister at ashley [at] b-word.org. Otherwise, just write “zine donation” on your envelope. And look for upcoming blog posts featuring zines that show up in our mailbox!

On a more academic note, the online feminist journal MP is soliciting contributions for an upcoming issue on “Women, Food, and Consumption.” The intersection of animal agriculture, animal rights/welfare and feminism is a natural fit – so let’s represent, vegan feminists! Details follow, but do go visit MP’s author page to learn about other planned issues and opportunities to speak up. Given that our interactions with nonhuman animals are both ubiquitous and varied, the paths of women and nonhuman animals intersect every day, in every way. Make the connections….and then map them out for others to follow, as well.

MP: Women, Food, and Consumption (Winter issue) – Deadline December 17th , 2010

What are you eating, and what’s eating you? As women we are the target audience for many industries, food, fashion, cosmetics and skin care, plastic surgery, among many more. The MP Journal is seeking academic papers, book reviews and other well-written inquiries on the subject of women and consumption, with particular focus on women and food.This would cover all aspects of the topic, from women in the food industry (Martha Stewart), women as family food planner and preparer, dieting, eating disorders, food as reward or punishment, social status and food, social role of food, the role of mothers and mother figures in the development of eating habits (good and bad), women as keeper of family food traditions, food and sex, etc. Submissions may be in any accepted academic format such as MLA, APA, Legal Bluebook, Chicago Style but must be consistent throughout and thoroughly and carefully edited. They will be considered only with the attachment of a 50 word bio and CV if submitted before midnight on December 17, 2010.

Hat tip to MP editor Rhea Parsons Riker, who alerted me to the winter issue via Facebook.

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