[imgs: 2 black and white screencaps of the front cover of hoax zine #10, a flyer for the hoax mini-tour, and a photo of the newly made hoax pins.]
+ What is Hoax? Hoax is a US bi-annual queer feminist compilation zine that aims to create a space to analyze the feminisms of our everyday lives. Each issue has a theme in tandem with feminisms. Contributors do not have to identify with a particular gender and/or as feminists in order to submit work to the zine. You can learn more about Hoax via links about our Mission Statement, Core Values, and Shared Goals, General Hoax FAQs, Submission FAQs, and Stipends for Submissions.
+ Why should I consider pre-ordering this zine? Due to the large amount of time between issues (Hoax #9 came out in September 2013!) and the high volume of requests for copies that we receive from individual buyers, distros, independent bookstores, zine libraries, & zine fest attendees, selling pre-orders allows us to accurately gauge how many issues need to be printed while raising enough initial funds to supply us with vital resources to get the zine out there! Also, more pre-orders means more money we can offer to the folks who made this issue possible!
Essays in this Issue:
- Exploring embodiment as a sacred, revolutionary, and paradoxical practice
- Perceptions of one’s mental illnesses and having a defiant mind
- Problematizing language, the concept of “nature,” and autonomy in bodily alterations by a biomedical engineer and trans woman
- Dancing as a catalyst for critical thought on the uses and movements of one’s body as a post-heterosexual black woman
- Making peace with one’s physical mouth as a metaphor for learning to spit out cultural and social toxins and reclaim one’s voice
- Struggling with identity, diaspora, loss of language, and the concept of being a “good Indian”
- Trans femininity and troubling notions of agender identity as a self-described bearded (man)lady
- A slam poem addressing a trans woman’s relationship with her father
- Living with an STI and getting a tattoo as a form of reclamation of it
- Performing a non-binary gender and facing incongruities between self-definitions and perceptions by others
- Musing on American versus Japanese models of what it means to take on a transgender and genderqueer identity, and how both gender identity and the ways in which gender is read by others is often contingent
- A queer Vietnamese woman writing about the gendered silencing by Vietnamese culture and it’s corporeal impact, and learning how to be content with and find strength in that silence
- A short queer sci-fi story about mermaids/sirens exploring queer bodies, birth, death, and what qualities and social rites define a society
- Reflecting on one’s work as a domestic violence & sexual assault crisis services advocate and exploring the ways in which one’s means of self-protection from anxiety and vicarious traumatization end up inadvertently being damaging
- Writing for a college creative course about the experience of having an abortion and knowing that one’s words are being scrutinized
- Anorexia’s links to capitalism, white supremacy, resource exploitation and other systemic injustices and a call for self-care and -support
- A short essay about the importance of queer and feminist independent bookstores
- Contemplating the concept of resistant bodies in the context of a breakup and exploring how resistance can mean vulnerability and letting down one’s barriers
- Coming to terms with sexual abuse in a polyamorous relationship and embracing asexuality as a means of healing
- When and how to communicate during a mental health crisis, learning to act as one’s own caregiver, and the politicization of mental illness via identity politics movements
- Recounting a breast cancer scare and the ways in which a doctor’s visit made a survivor reflect upon sexual trauma and how it’s impacted her relationship to her body
- Reframing the media’s narrative about trans women and the erroneous idea that their bodies are public domain
- Empowering the writing of institutionalized mentally ill people, particularly young women, and resistance to filtering their experiences through their medical gatekeepers
This issue also includes poetry (covering topics like chronic illness, black womanhood, a school shooting, and women in magazines), feminists we love, current feminist heroes, and vegan recipes! ½ size, black & white, 80 pages, and very text heavy.
+ Note about Triggering Content: We are circulating the above descriptive list in an effort to reveal the content and chronological order of this issue, thus creating the opportunity for readers to judge on an individual basis as to which essays could be potentially triggering or uncomfortable to them. We have chosen not to place trigger warnings on specific pieces in Hoax because we recognize that triggers are unique and highly personal. We believe that it is impossible to discern what content has the potential to be upsetting and/or triggering to every one of our readers, and we do not want to inadvertently create a hierarchy of what material is “intense” or “real” enough to warrant a warning. Please contact us if you have suggestions as to how to better incorporate trigger warnings into future issues of Hoax.
+ Note about Pricing and Stipends: This issue is being sold at US$3.50 rather than US$3, as former issues of the zine were initially priced. Submitting written and visual work to Hoax is an act of labor and, for the past couple of years, the two of us have been contemplating how to better compensate our contributors. And so, as of the release of Hoax #10, we will be offering small stipends to all contributors whose work is printed. The raised cost of Hoax will go towards supporting the costs of printing as well as offering contributor stipends. The stipends we offer will depend on the amount of revenue from sales and pre-sales, and will be distributed in the month/s after future zines have been released. Although we cannot afford to pay very much (probably just enough to purchase a cup of coffee or another zine), we hope that offering a stipend, however small, will ensure that our contributors of the present and future know that their submissions are valued.
If you are in a position to do so, we highly encourage you to donate money to overall Hoax operations via PayPal (hoaxzine at gmail dot com), pay a higher fee for this particular issue, and/or purchase other available zines so that we can continue to work towards making Hoax readily available to those who cannot afford to pay higher than US$3.50 for a singular zine.
You can pre-order via our Etsy shop (for PayPal payments, where you can also find back issues on community (out of print now – final copies are listed on the site!), communication, change, mythologies, and vulnerabilities as well as some brand new Hoax pins (pictured above!) and many of our personal zines) or, if you prefer well hidden US cash via snail mail, you can e-mail us at hoaxzine (at) gmail (dot) com to find out where to mail us. If you are interested in potentially becoming a contributor to Hoax, please check out our call for submissions for Hoax #11: Feminisms & Strategy, which is accepting submissions until September 30th!
+ Note about Mailing: We will be mailing out issues on a first-come, first-serve basis as soon as possible, optimally by EARLY SEPTEMBER – but our ability to purchase necessary mailing supplies and therefore send copies out depends on when we will sell enough zines to afford to get everything in the mail. As always, feel free to shoot us an email if you have any questions about the status of your order.
+ Note about Not Listing Contributors’ Names: We do not circulate the names of our contributors online for confidentiality purposes, as content that is consented to appear in print is not automatically consented to appear online. Respect for our contributors’ comfort, safety, and privacy is also one of many reasons why Hoax is only found in hard copy form.
+ Other Ways to Support this Project: We’d love for you to submit content to future issues of the zine, come to an assembly party (held in New York City periodically), write a review about Hoax, recommend it to your friends and favorite zine distros, and/or attend the upcoming Hoax Mini-Tour! The first weekend of September will feature 3 evenings of zine readings, music, and more on the US East Coast. Friday 9/5 in NYC at Bluestockings, Saturday 9/6 in Philly at LAVA Space, and Sunday 9/7 in Baltimore at Red Emma’s. You can pick up a copy of #10 at any of these events, as well as enter yourself in a raffle to win a pack of all Hoax issues, #1-10 – an extremely rare offer!
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Happy reading, y’all!
sari (editor) & rachel (editorial assistant)
THE END OF THE U.S.A.
ALL YOU RICH FUCKERS SEE
THE BEGINNING OF THE END AND
TAKE WHAT YOU CAN WHILE
YOU CAN. YOU IMAGINE THAT
YOU WILL GET AWAY, BUT
YOU’VE SHIT IN YOUR OWN
BED AND YOU’RE THE ONE TO
SLEEP IN IT. WHY SHOULD
EVERYONE ELSE STAY BEHIND
AND SMELL YOUR STINKING
COWARDICE? HERE’S A MESSAGE
TO YOU—SPACE TRAVEL IS
UNCERTAIN AND ANY REFUGE
OF YOURS CAN BE BLOWN
OFF THE MAP. THERE’S NO
OTHER PLACE FOR YOU TO GO.
KNOW THAT YOUR FUTURE IS
WITH US SO DON’T GIVE US
MORE REASONS TO HATE YOU.
REVOLUTIONARY LETTER #19
if what you want is jobs
for everyone, you are still the enemy.
you have not thought thru, clearly
what that means
you can have what you ask for, ask for
i think about this every day