Double Issue Zine Made Accessible

We have uploaded the pages from our double issue Zine onto the blog. Feel free to have a look at what interests you, share your favourite pieces or read the whole thing all together.

You can also view both complete zines by clicking here Double Issue (Still under our old name Anti-Speciesist Women): 1 Feminism + Speciesism: Making the Connection / 2 Human Impacts.

Click on the content below the image to reach the parts of the zine you want to look at.

double issue cover

Double Issue Cover

Support the Blackmail 3

Feminism and Speciesism: Making the Connection Zine 1

Definitions

Untitled – lex

The Exploited Women – kaya

Respect’, ‘Womxn are not Your Objects’ and ‘The World that Changed the Quotes’- casey

Quotes

5 Womxn Who (Don’t) Give a Shit – aga

Lessons from a Society that Is… – elecia

Pro-Choice – amy

The interconnectedness of all – andy

Human Impacts: Zine 2

The ‘Human’: More than White Able Masculinity? – aga

Human Impacts Film – noreen

Cut the Crap – amy

Liberate your Language – elecia

‘War in Vietnam’ and ‘One Rat’s Tale’ – lex

Thoughts on Human Impacts – caitlin

‘Porkies’ – sammi

Almeria, Spain – esther

Human Milk for Human Babies – kaya

Poison – casey

Mother Earth – Net Worth? – andy

Acknowledgements

 

DIY: Copy, Assemble, Spread our Double Issue Zine

You can Find both issues of our zine (still under the name anti-speciesist women – not collective) here:

anti speciesist women zine 1 and 2 double issue feminism and speciesim making the connection and human impacts (anti speciesist collective)

Send it to people, print it out and assemble it, share it as a present or just leave it somewhere in public, on a bus, on a bench or in someone’s post box. Have fun with it!

This is how it looks once it is printed and stapled together:

zine printed

 

 

Zine Issue 1 Thanks

Below is a copy of the thank you page released in our first zine. Still under the name Anti-Speciesist Women – not Collective – we thanked everybody who made the zine possible. This is what the page reads:

Anti Speciesist Women

Speciesism: discrimination based on species. This ideology includes believing in human superiority over animals and allowing some animals moral consideration over others. Anti-Speciesism is then the resistance towards this system of oppression.

Anti-Speciesist Women are working to actively expose and dismantle oppressive structures. We are a collective that recognizes the connections between oppressions (sexism, speciesism, racism, ageism, fat-shaming, colonialism and all forms of imperialism, classism, MOGAI-hate) which are spread and maintained through kyriarchy. Andy womxn who shares these values with us, can be an Anti-Speciesist Womxn!

We want to thank everybody who made this publication possible and everybody who continues to support us and stand in solidarity with us. Thank you to all the amazing contributors. We also want to extend our thanks and solidarity to everybody who in thought and practice continues to make this world a better place.

FUCK KYRIARCHY!

(please note, the wordpress address and the email are no longer valid, as we have changed our name to Anti-Speciesist Collective to incorporate our non-binary members).

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issue 1 thanks

Vegan and Pro-Choice – by Amy

This is amy’s contribution to our first zine (Content Warning mention of abortion):

I support a person’s right to an abortion and I am a vegan.

I’ve seen many vegans try to argue that abortion goes against the principles of veganism. But I’m a vegan because I’m pro-choice, not “pro-life”. I sup- port the bodily autonomy of all animals. It’s not wrong to consume animal products because they are killed for them – if that were the case, then it would be acceptable to consume products from an animal who isn’t going to be killed, regardless of how they’re being treated. It’s wrong to consume animal products because they cannot consent to their captivity: their bodily autonomy is being violated, in the same way that a human’s bodily autonomy is being violated when they are denied an abortion. That’s why it makes more sense to be a pro-choice vegan than a “pro-life” vegan.

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Below the image of the text as it is found in the zine:

Anti-Speciesistcollective Zine - Pro Choice

Poetry: Lessons from a Society that is… by Elecia

lessons from a society that is

 

This poem released in our first zine was written by by Elecia:

Lessons from a society that is…

  1. governed by an elite minority of selfish class privileged liars

    tolerating bankers that steal thousands avoiding taxes

    cheating workers out of a living wage

    neglecting the foundations of the empires built

    from power and

    GREED

  2. constructed to support and promote a capitalist system

    teaching contentment through consumerism

    assembled on exploiting workers

    for the benefit of those

    who can afford

    to ignore

    OTHERS

  3. encouraging materialism and money spending

    apparently justifying the objectification

    sexualisation and manipulation

    of marginalized individuals

    unfairly represented

    stereotyped and

    SILENCED

  4.  commodifying animals into objects to be bought and sold

    their existence exclusively serving human desires

    enduring violence and imprisonment

    under the guise of improving

    the health and pleasure

    of people who control

    DEATH

  5. singularly validating lives worthy of autonomy and power

    rejecting groups determined to be ‘less-than’

    based on sex, race, class, gender, age,

    sexuality, ability, size and species

    some experiencing privileges

    while others are

    SUFFERING

 6. We

will not

be complacent

in a hierarchy created

by those who profit from

life at the top of an unjust system

We will resist until all are free.

What They Said

Here are some quotes we collected by vegan feminist authors for our first zine:

Quotes page

 

Emily Gaarder: ‘When women make the choice to become animal rights activists, they should be considered, in the words of bell hooks, “political thinkers making political choices” (1989, 95). Only within this framework can we begin to understand the social and political relevancy of women’s narratives of activism, and the majority status they hold in the movement for animal rights. Such a framework might also inspire women activists to reimagine the significance of their extraordinary political choices’.

Patricia MacCormack: ‘”of course animals enjoy interactions with humans” or “we can help as much as hurt”, “animal systems can teach us how to be posthuman”, or the most basic question: “we need to think differently about animals”. No. We need to think about the undoing of us, whatever that means.’

Melissa Santosa: Veganism cultivates an attention to minute details of food ingredients, clothing labels, and how the things you consume are produced. This mindfulness leads to the deeper investigation of all the things you consume, not only as to their material content, but also the conditions in which the products are manufactured, and the standard of living they create for all those on the chain of raw material, manufacturing, selling, buying, and disposing.’

Lisa Kemmerer: ‘Marriage grants a man “legal license to his wife’s sexual and reproductive services, [while] the model of animal husbandry grants agribusiness and wildlife managers access to the bodies and reproductive services of other-than-human animals” (Kheel, Nature, 231). Women and nonhuman animals are exploited for their reproductive abilities, and both are devalued as they age and wear out – when they are no longer to reproduce’.

Joan Dunayer: ‘Even the word nonhuman divides all animals into two, seemingly opposed categories: Humans and everyone else. With equal validity we could categorise all animals as robins and nonrobins’.

Breeze Harper: ‘The British who sipped their sugary teas considered themselves civilized, despite the torture and slavery it took to get that white sugar into their tea cups, along with the cotton and tobacco they used. Collectively, maybe we in the U.S. are too addicted to see clearly, to see past the next fix. This addictive behaviour has occurred for centuries. Sadly, those who were originally enslaved to harvest sugar cane (Africans and indigenous Americans) are now enslaved in multiple ways: as consumers of sucrose, hormone-injected processed meat and dairy products, and junk food’.

Pattrice Jones: ‘Women make most food purchases and preparation decisions. If women are going to both go vegan and withstand the demands of male family members for meat, women must be emboldened to resist their own subordination and at the same time reject the oppression of nonhuman individuals’.

 

 

 

 

Art: 3 Pieces by Casey

Content Warning: Mention of Sexism and Speciesism

 

This is from our first zine: Three pieces created by Casey (formally known as Lauren):

lauren art

Respect

(description coming soon)

Womxn are not Your Objects

This piece reads Women (spelled with an x where we would usually find an e) are not your objects. Under the text we find pencil drawings of different non-humans: A clam, a bird, a winged insect, a lobster, a sheep, a pig, a cow, a fish and a goat.

The World that Changed the Quotes

This is a piece that spells out famous feminist quotes and adds an anti-speciesist twist to them. (detailed description coming soon)

Thank you, Casey, for your contribution ❤

~aga

* Asterisk on Zine Back Cover

If you followed the Asterisk (*) from the zine’s back cover to this blog, this post is the one you are looking for.


Only after printing the zine we realised that it is utterly inappropriate to use the term ‘factory farming’, because it has welfarist implications of abolishing ‘intensive’ and ‘mass’ farming factories, whilst keeping local, small and ‘home’ farms running. This was not our intention at all, and it should be clear from the zine that we are stricktly advocating for the abolition of all animal facilities.

Further, the numbers of the murdered animals we provided are, in fact, far too small. We did not mean to do an injustice to the billions of animals the numbers left out. We see our mistake as a reflection of the constant misinformation that is being spread by the industry and governmental bodies about the impact they really have.

To us, numbers are not of concern. For an anti-speciesist any amount of exploited and murdered animals is far too much, be the number 3 or 3 trillion.

As you can see, there’s still a lot of undoing speciesism ahead of us!

We will provide a more accurate estimate of the numbers as soon as possible.

~ aga