Every once in a while we feel the need to shake off our regular lives and move in different circles. Sometimes it's challenging to even contemplate how to do it, though. When that's the case, finding a guide can be very helpful. Several years ago just such a guide was sent to us, and and we here at QZAP find it invaluable. So it is with great pleasure that we present The SPPSSM Guide To Proper Saphic Styling by Beatrice Llewllyn and Phyllis Troubridge. Mses. Llewllyn and Troubridge are founding members of SPPSSM, the Society for the Preservation and Promotion of Sapphic Social Mores. Their sound advice has graced many a Femme Show performance, and has been an enhancement to the lives of numerous saphists over the years.
One of the ways of making harm reduction work better is to make sure that it's culturally appropriate. A great example of this can be seen in AquaNet Zine, by AQUA. It's explicitly by and for Asian and Pacific Islander (A/PI) youth, though some of the letters and other material will resonate across cultures. It's also delightfully 1997 in terms of asthetics and content.
In light of the kerfuffle surrounding Amnesty International's draft policy on sex worker's human rights we thought we'd highlight a zine by actual sex workers talking about their expieriences. While we have several zines in the archive talking about sex work, Whorecore is certainly one of our faves. It's unapologetic and intersectional in the way that it discusses the issues faced by the folks who made it.
Today's #QZOTD is Sassyfrass Circus #3. In some ways it's a diary comic, but it's also way more than that. She talks about a trip to Egypt and Israel, writes a brief history of Wimmin's Comix, and generally is an illustrative badass. J.Bee is currently the zinester in residence at QZAP.