Femme Means Attack is a collaborative zine of submissions by people who identify as femme and as radical, anarchist and/or anti-authoritarian. Femmes are often seen as non-radical or counter-revolutionary in many radical communities, even though we can take to the streets just as well as anyone else, in heels or steel-toed boots, and are fierce while doing so.
As radical femmes, we often find ourselves alienated from mainstream femme discourse focusing on standards of femme/femininity which are white, homonormative, aspire to be bourgeoisie and rely on conspicious consumption. Thus, we radical femmes often find ourselves alienated from both our radical communities and femme communities.
Femme Means Attack aims to change this stereotype by giving radical femmes a voice. We welcome submissions from femmes of all genders (transgender, cisgender, genderqueer, etc.), races, socioeconomic backgrounds, dis/ability statuses, etc. While submissions should touch on both femme identity and radical politics/communities, we leave it up to each contributor to determine what that looks like. We welcome all types of submissions — essays, personal accounts, poetry, artwork, etc.
Along with your submissions, we ask that you submit a 100-word bio. This is merely to get to know who you are and where you are coming from on the femme spectrum. That said, there will be a bio section in the zine, so if you do wish to have your bio included, say so.
Likewise, if you wish to tell the editors your name, but would not like it published in the finished zine, just let them know. But they do request you use a pen name or nom de queer so half of the zine is not attributed to anonymous.
Criteria for submissions:
- Absolutely nothing oppressive.
- You may submit as many pieces as you would like.
- Submissions must be in an easily accessable computer format.
- Written works must be submitted in a format that will allow for editing for format (not content). PDF files will not be accepted.
- Artwork must be submitted in JPEG format.
If any other issues arise with submissions, they will be handled on an individual basis. You will receive notice as to whether your submission has been accepted. If you wish to challenge the rejection of your submission, the editors welcome your feedback. They only ask you are as respectful to us as we will be to you. They identify as anarchists and do not wish to hold any sort of power over anyone else. This zine’s purpose is to bring unity and strength to femmes around the world.
Submissions are due by April 15, to email@example.com.
Via Radical Queer News.