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Zine Scene: Zine Culture at Agnes Scott and Beyond

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On Monday, April 2, please join McCain Library and the Agnes Scott Women’s Studies program for an evening of activities dedicated to zine culture in Atlanta and on the Agnes Scott campus.

Zines = “Short for magazine or fanzine, zines are self-publications, motivated by a desire for self-expression, not for profit.” – Barnard College

6-7 p.m.
Zine Crawl: Meet, discuss, and purchase zines from Atlanta zine makers

7-8 p.m.
Panel Discussion: A panel of Atlanta area zine makers will discuss their work, zine culture, and areas of interest to the audience

8-9 p.m.
Choose or mix and match from the following options:

  • Zine workshop with Isadora Pennington (RSVP cbishop@agnesscott.edu to assure a seat for the workshop)
  • Visit the Agnes zine display and exhibit
  • Time to meet with zine creators

We still need more Agnes Scott zine makers and zine crawl participants. If you are interested, please email cbishop@agnesscott.edu.

Panelists
– Amanda Mills (Atlanta Zine Library founder/WonderRoot Programs Manager)
“Amanda Mills started her organizing efforts as the president of Faces of Feminism and later as the owner of Big Blonde Records. She served as the founder/Executive Director of Murmur Media, co-founder of the Atlanta Zine Fest, and founder of the Atlanta Zine Library. Her passions lie in coordinating projects that align with social justice movements and the arts community, documenting and archiving practices, and establishing partnerships. Her work in expanding and supporting DIY media reflects her steadfast commitment to elevating underrepresented voices. She deeply believes in the importance of alternative spaces, community building, and cultural action as a vehicle to social change. She is excited to bring this passion to her position as the Programs Manager at WonderRoot.”

– Isadora Pennington (Artist and zine workshop facilitator)
“Isadora is a multidisciplinary artist with a penchant for print publications. Having worked as a graphic designer for six local newspapers since graduating from Georgia State University in 2011, she has an innate understanding in the process of bringing a publication from concept to execution. Isadora has participated in several Atlanta Zine Festivals, led zine workshops at WonderRoot, and taught zine creation to high schoolers at The New School, Atlanta. Currently working as a photojournalist, she has developed an extensive knowledge of the content creation aspect of print production as well.”

-Tia Haynes (Creator of Ping: A Visual Anthropology Zine)
“Tia “thefairchild” Haynes is an army brat. Trained as an architect, she enjoys applying her education fluidly to multiple artistic mediums.“

-Rachel Hortman (Dope Girls Zine Series)
“Female-identifying and non-binary artists tackle the intersection of cannabis culture, feminism and femininity in an effort to destigmatize the plant. Sale of the biannual zines and related merch help (unofficially) raise money for Planned Parenthood Southeast. We also aim to develop a global community of marginalized people who champion equal rights, reproductive justice and productive cannabis use.”

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McCain Library Asks for Arseneau Award Nominees by March 27

McCain Library is seeking nominations of students to be considered for the annual Arseneau Award, a memorial to an alumna who was an academic librarian. If you are or know of a:

– current junior or senior
– interested in/accepted to an ALA-accredited library or archives Master’s program
– or an exemplary McCain Library student assistant who is a junior or senior,

then please complete this Google Form to the best of your ability by Tuesday, March 27 at 5:00 p.m.

This year’s award will be $925 (towards graduate school costs), presented at the upcoming Student Awards Convocation. Outside reviewers will make the decision on the award recipient.

Questions may be directed to Elizabeth Bagley, ebagley@agnesscott.edu. Thank you for your assistance in encouraging future Scottie librarians and archivists!

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Third Wave Feminism: Rape Culture

To better facilitate connections between student interests and McCain’s collections, we are providing our student workers, via the library’s blog and social media accounts, with a platform to explore and share areas they would like to highlight. The following entry is the third in a series by Rachel, a first year student at Agnes Scott.


I decided to do a blog post on rape culture given the current social climate where we are seeing a lot of women coming forward accusing men in positions of power or fame of sexual assault or sexual misconduct.

Rape Culture is defined by the WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre as “a complex set of beliefs that encourage male sexual aggression and supports violence against women.” Some common forms of rape culture include rape jokes, victim shaming, slut shaming, and flat-out denial of rape as a problem within society. The term rape culture was first used in the 1970s during the Second Wave Feminist Movement (The Encyclopedia of Rape). Rape culture is a prevalent problem not only in the United States but all around the world. From here in the states where women who come forward accusing someone of rape are told “You asked for it” to parts of the Middle East where incredibly young women are forced to marry their attackers as a way to expunge his record (CBS News–Sherry Johnson).

One major example of rape culture can be seen in the aforementioned example of “You ASKING FOR ITasked for it.” Along with asking for it there is also the argument rapists sometimes use of “They didn’t say no.” One point that is brought up by Kate Harding in her book Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture–and What We Can Do About It is that rapists understand “No” in its various forms. Harding notes that in studies men and women understood indirect ways of saying no. She list a number of examples, including: “I’d love to but I already have plans.” Another common response is “Sweet of you to offer but I’m afraid I won’t be able to make it.” Or, “Oh geez, maybe another time?” So if men and women alike both understand these indirect refusals, why is the, “They didn’t say no,” defense still so heavily used and accepted? Maybe it is because mainstream media and pop culture tell women they are liars if they come forward and that their “NO’s” are going to be lost in the “Blurred Lines” of consent (That’s right, I’m looking at you, Mr. Thicke.) Also, maybe it can be seen in the approximately only 35% of rapes that are reported. Or maybe it’s in the less than 50% of rapists who will ever do jail time (Washington Post).

Rape Culture is highly visible in the gauntlet of questions and accusations women have to go through when they report a rape -“You were drinking. What did you expect,” “What were you wearing,” and “Why were you out alone that late at night?” Let me say right here, right now that none of these are reasons for rape. They expected a hangover after drinking, they were wearing what they wanted, and they were out that late at night because maybe they just wanted to go for a walk.

Sources for Rape Culture at McCain Library:

Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture–and What We Can Do About It
Kate Harding

Beyond Blurred Lines: Rape Culture in Popular Media
Nickie D. Phillips

Transforming a Rape Culture
Edited by Emilie Buchwald, Pamela R. Fletcher, Martha Roth

Rape Culture (Video)
Made by Margaret Lazarus and Renner Wunderlich

More Sources on Rape Culture:

25 Everyday Examples of Rape Culture
Everyday Feminism

A Gentleman’s Guide to Rape Culture
Huff Post

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Celebrating the Chinese New Year

Are you interested in learning more about the Chinese New Year that begins on Friday, February 16? Library student assistants Connie Tran and Lucie Blaise have curated a display on the first floor of the library. Learn more about the Year of the Dog, traditional items and common foods during the Chinese New Year. There are also take-home flyers that feature New Year events and popular Chinese restaurants right here in Decatur.

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Student Requested Additions to the Libraries LGBTQA Collection

Last semester the McCain Library asked for LGBTQA book and DVD suggestions from Agnes Scott students to better inform our purchasing requests for the year. As a result, nearly 20 titles were purchased for the collection.

All of the requested items are available for checkout by the circulation desk on the first floor.

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Transgender History

Fried Green Tomatoes (DVD)

I Am Not Myself These Days

Carry On

This Book is Gay

Will Grayson

One Man Guy

Kissing Kate

I’ll Give You the Sun

Boy Meet Boy

More Happy Than Not

Geography Club (DVD)

The Normal Heart

A Word to Victor Frankenstein

Testo Junkie

Queer Times, Queer Assemblages

Dykes to Watch out For

Becoming Nicole

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Students, Borrow McCain Library Books for the Entire Semester

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To better facilitate the research needs of our students, all regular collection books in the McCain Library are now loanable for the entire semester. Your new due date will be the last day of exams unless the book is needed by another user.

The change to our circulation policy is meant to reduce the stress of overdues, ensuring you have the materials needed for your research throughout the semester.

Reserves, interlibrary loan, browsing, equipment, and media items are not included as semester long loans. If you do need items from one of the aforementioned groups for a longer period, please let circulation staff know and we will work with you.

For a detailed list of loan times, please consult the following page.

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