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Queer Feminism’s Closeted Sexism? Written for new website Feminists India, this article questions the direction of the radical queer movement and the unacknowledged misogyny behind some of the scene’s dynamics.

Dressed Like That, a bilingual queer zine

In 2010 I conceived Dressed Like That: feminine voices on sexism in the queer community. In 2012, the fully bilingual edition of Dressed Like That was premiered at The Berlin Femme Show 2012, an event co-organised by Emma Corbett-Ashby and I. It is nearly 80 pages long and contains nearly 20 submissions by feminine-identified queers airing their thoughts on the sexism they experience in our queer scenes. Included is poetry, short stories, theory and visual art. You can read or download it for free as well as check out the history of the project and The Femme Show 2012 here!

The History of the Project

After moving to Berlin in 2010 I realised how much prejudice there was against expressions of femininity in women and other queers within the LGBT scene. I created this project in order to collect feminine queers’ voices on the subject and initiate a conversation that desperately needs to happen. This project is in English and German with translation of the German texts into English and vice versa in order to make it available to an international audience as well as German speakers.

The zine collects stories, art and theories from feminine queers across Europe into a 44 page A4 zine!  The first zine premiered on 26 & 27 November at the Zinefest Berlin and is now in circulation. Look out for the fully bilingual edition and release party in January 2012.

The zine will be made available online to read and download as pdf, and in zine distros and archives around the world in March 2012. You can currently buy the first edition at Other Nature Sexladen in Berlin.

Listen to the radio interview with Emma from the editorial team and I below to find out more about the genesis of the project!

Transgender Radio Interview

Emma and I discuss the upcoming zine on sexism in the queer community, formerly a project in collaboration with the Berlin Femme Mafia. Interview aired on Transgender Radio in September 2011.

Below is the short version for the time-pressed or the long for those who like to listen at leisure. Enjoy!

More About the Zine

The callout for submissions distributed via the internet and in flyer format earlier this year:

[Deutsch Version unten]

The Berlin Femme Mafia presents
Feminine Voices on Sexism in the Queer Community, a zine.
Call for submissions! Please distribute promiscuously.

Have you ever felt excluded from or experienced prejudice in the queer community because of your gender expression? The Berlin Femme Mafia is creating a zine of stories about sexism in the worldwide queer community by feminine trans* folk and queers.

The Berlin Femme Mafia knows that sexism against femininities continues in the queer community and we want all our feminine-identified trans* and queer sisters to share their perspective. Why does this gender inequality still exist in a self-named ‘feminist’ movement? We want to hear your thoughts about and experiences of discrimination against female and feminine gender expressions.

This project will be from the perspective of queer and trans* feminine folk and focus on sexism against our expressions of femininity. We invite contributions from all self-defined trans* and queer femininities, including trans*women, femmes, genderqueers, and queer ciswomen and -men with a feminine gender expression, no matter if part or full-time feminine.

Tell us about the stuff that makes you angry or sad. This can include being excluded for the way you walk, talk, dress, and negative comments about female bodies. Tell us what you would like to see change. What would a perfect queer community look like to you? Queertopia!

Contributions can be anything that will fit onto a half-size page, including creative writing, personal accounts of incidents, theory and artwork. We will print the zine in German and English, but will do our best to translate submissions in other languages into English.

To be included in a zine project by the Berlin Femme Mafia and made available online and in Berlin.

Contributions should be emailed to Laura at pinklab[at]hotmail[dot]com

DEADLINE: 23rd May 2011


N.B. For artwork, please send as pdf or write for postal address. Note that the zine will be in ‘half size’ or A5 format. (148 x 210 mm — 5.8 x 8.3 inches)

Die Berlin Femme Mafia präsentiert
feminine Stimmen über Sexismus in der queeren Szene, ein Zine
Call for submissions! Bitte weiterleiten.

Hast du dich schon mal aus der queeren Szene ausgeschlossen gefühlt oder Vorurteile erlebt wegen deines Genderausdrucks? Die Berlin Femme Mafia will ein Zine rausbringen mit Geschichten von femininenen Trans* und Queers, über Sexismus in den queeren Szenen dieser Welt.

Die Berlin Femme Mafia weiß und erlebt immer wieder selbst, dass es Sexismus gegen Femininitäten in der queeren Szene gibt und wir würden uns freuen, wenn ihr aus eurer Perspektive als sich als feminin identifizierende Queers oder Trans* erzählt. Warum gibt es solch eine Genderungleichheit in einer sich doch oft als feministisch definierenden Bewegung? Wir möchten eure Gedanken und Erfahrungen von Diskriminierung gegen Leute mit femininem Genderausdruck hören.

Dieses Projekt ist aus der Sicht von femininen trans* und queeren Leuten und es soll dabei um Sexismus gegen die verschiedensten Ausdrucksformen von Femininität gehen. Wir freuen uns über Beiträge von allen selbst-definierten Weiblichkeiten, seien es Femmes, Trans*Frauen, Genderqueers und queere Cisfrauen und -männer mit einem femininem Genderausdruck, egal ob ihr den jeden Tag lebt oder nur zeitweise.

Erzählt uns von den Dingen, die euch wütend oder traurig machen. Dabei kann es darum gehen, ausgeschlossen oder diskriminiert zu werden entweder für die Art wie ihr euch bewegt, redet oder anzieht oder auch negative Kommentare über als weiblich gelesene Körperteile. Erzählt uns, was sich eurer Meinung nach ändern sollte. Wie sähe eine perfekte queere Szene für euch aus? Queertopia!

Als Beiträge könnt ihr alles schicken, was in ein DIN-A-5 Format passt, seien es fiktionale Geschichten, persönliche Erlebnisse oder, aber auch Zeichnungen, Comics oder oder oder. Es wäre gut, wenn die Texte auf Deutsch oder Englisch wären, aber wir nehmen auch andere Sprachen, mit der Erlaubnis, die Texte dann zu übersetzen.

Das Ganze wird dann als Zine von der Berlin Femme Mafia sowie online veröffentlicht.

Schickt eure Beiträge an Laura pinklab@hotmail.com

DEADLINE: 23. Mai 2011


PS: Für grafische Beiträge schickt uns bitte eine pdf-Version oder kontaktiert uns für eine Postanschrift, an die sie ihr uns schicken könnt. Denkt daran, dass das Zine im DIN-A-5 Format gedruckt wird (148 x 210 mm — 5.8 x 8.3 inches)

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