Please Tell Me More About Myself Series
Please Tell Me More About Myself is a compilation of writing from folks from various backgrounds about being Mixed Race. This zine was started by the MiXed Club, a student organization at the University of Washington. MiXed was started to create a space for "any student of color who couldn't find a cultural student organization that fit their many forms of self-identification." This zine is also intended to create that same space for folks to express their various experiences regarding race, ethnicity, gender, class, and self identification without be ignored or invalidated. This zine is a thinker and a conversation starter to developing your own ideas about race and ethnicity and navigating the world around you.
Please Tell Me More About Myself: Dating and Relationships Issue Another insightful zine put out by MiXed, a student organization at the University of Washington, about dating and relationships. PTMMAM explores the different ways whiteness influences People of Color and how we navigate our intimate relationships. There are pieces written about consent, navigating online dating as a Women of Color, a few pages dedicated to exploring micro-aggressions around fetishization and much much more. This zine is a really important conversation to begin having, highly recommended.
Please Tell Me More About Myself: Education System “The education system has failed many of us…in the sense that we never saw ourselves in history and in literature unless it was positioned *around* the white male narrative” –excerpt from interview with Alok Vaid-Menon
In the third issue of miXed’s “Please Tell Me More About Myself,” contributors discuss scrutiny they’ve received in traditional academic and intellectual circles, lamenting on how exhausting it is to be a POC speaking about marginalized communities in the privileged and inaccessible ‘ivory’ towers of education. Education is often seen as way for POC to ~liberate themselves,~ but authors reflect on feelings of further institutional and personal oppression. Yet, the contributors to mixed shift the conversation to education not through formal institutions, but from other QTPOC writing about their experiences, giving credibility to self-education and legitimizing the voices often left uncredited and unheard. Text-heavy, some academic jargon, but authors check their own privilege and dissect what exactly having access to this language means!
Please Tell Me More About Myself Issue 4: Profile This
MiXed's fourth issue is a good aesthetic combination of text and collage, probably my personal favorite design layout of MiXed to date! This issue has less of an overall theme compared to previous issues, but many of the contributors respond to Ferguson, #blacklivesmatter, and #jesuischarlie. This issues presents and responds to the question of, 'how am I contributing to the movement on both individual and communal level?' Some topics included: femme competition, burning out, white silence as white consent, promoting conversations about racial injustice, the prison industrial complex, rejecting respectability politics, anti-blackness within both non-black QTPOC activist communities as well as within our own families, gender presentation... As always, the contributions are critical and thought provoking, all written with passion, frustration, anger, and vulnerability.
Please Tell Me More About Myself brown sugar // not for your consumption the fifth volume of the miXed collective focuses on the intersections of identity and food. contributors share recipes, rant about white 'Columbus-ing,' and reflect on veganism, eating disorders, and traditional cuisine and what that means to them. sassy, yet poignant, the miXed collective does it again.
vol. 5, brown sugar // not for your consumption, is the last of the zines curated by the current leader of miXed, Atoosa. thanks, Atoosa, for all your hard work and good energy put into these volumes of miXed - the lovely cuties at BRZD look forward to collaborating cross-country when you make the move to NYC!
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