Muchachafanzine and I are working on our next big project! We’ve collaborated on various activist events since we met during our first year of grad school in the Women’s Studies Department at Texas Woman’s University, our most widely known event being Denton’s Femme Fest, an art activist benefit concert and art show aimed at celebrating local women and feminist artists.
We both finish our Master’s degree in December, and we are excited to put our Women’s Studies education to use in a meaningful way. We both have activist hearts and are passionate about bridging the gap between the academy and the community, and with that in mind, we’ve decided to forgo doctoral programs to open a non-profit feminist bookstore and community center where it is desperately needed—the South. (North Texas, specifically.)
And we need your help to make this dream a reality!
At this point, we need a graphic and web-designing intern or two to help us design a logo and a website.
Once we get the business plan solidified and our press release completed, we’re going to create a Go Fund Me account in order to raise the funds to get the Southern Woman’s Bookstore off the ground, so our next step will be fundraising and mass promotion.
If you’re interested in helping out, let us know!
And for the rest of you, stay tuned for more details to come! :)
I have our logo idea ready - I just need an amazing feminist graphic designer to make it come to life! Anyone interested in creating the logo for the Southern Woman’s Bookstore?
A non-profit feminist bookstore - the Southern Woman’s Bookstore - is in the developmental stages and is looking for a few interns interested in working on our Funding Team.
This feminist bookstore and community center will only become a reality if we get the necessary funding to make it happen. Help us create a space for Southern feminists, womanists, women of color, queers, indigenous, and other marginalized people to learn and grow (and be recognized for their various artistic contributions to society!)
If you’re interested in applying, let us know!
Femslash has a completely different ideology, because it’s almost exclusively written and consumed by the community it portrays. Unlike a straight girl writing about two boys having sex (and I guarantee that they’re two conventionally attractive white boys whose female love interests have been deemed either worthy of death or asexual by the fandom), femslash is written by those whose identities and personal narratives are reflected in the stories themselves. Maybe the writer of that erotic scene hasn’t had sex with a girl yet, but damn, she has thought about it a lot. That queer author has two girls fall in love with each other in her story even if they’re straight in the original work because two girls falling in love means something to her and to so many people like her, and it’s important that she sees herself in a work of media whose canon forgets she exists. One of the great frustrations of LGBTQ media is the fact that so little of our representations end up coming from LGBTQ-identified creators, and thus we see inaccurate portrayals with limited diversity. Femslash exists because we were sick of being told we didn’t exist, so we wrote ourselves into their stories.
—Kate from Autostraddle advocates for more ladies loving ladies in fanfiction
Absolutely! Thank you so much! :)