Ghost Fuck 3
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Or buy one at my ‘From the Back of the room’ Screening, Bournemouth, 8th Feb.
Kurt and Feminism: Damien Clarkson
Interview: Prejudice Me, Benefit label and distro
Illustration: Sam Tokely
Kathryn Bigelow: Angela Trott / Adam Taylor
Illustration: Mazz Gambardella
Mary Seacole: Lei-Anna Jade Amyer Bailey
Slutwalk: Heather Mcintosh
Illustration: Bruck Mack
Illustration: Natty Peterkin
Making this issue was like all zines, it came at the right time. (late)
The things that it says are right for now, and I am lucky to know such excellent people to contribute to it.
I hope you enjoy it. Now more than ever, there has never been a better time to make / do positive things.
PLAY IN A BAND. MEAN WHAT YOU DO. CREATE POSITIVE THINGS. FUCK EVERYONE ELSE. MOVE FORWARDS. IN EVERYTHING YOU DO.
I am your GF.
Film Screening and Ghost Fuck 3 / Outsider Art Zine launch
“Lets make more room for each other. If we don’t, who will?”
One-off film projection screening and Zine night.
Grab a wooden bench, vegan pizza, beer or lovely coffee and watch this incredible film in the basement of Cafe Kino.
From The Back of The Room is a Documentary by Washington, D.C filmmaker Amy Odin chronicling the last two decades to women in DIY punk culture.
Watch the trailer here.
The film features over 30 interviews with over 30 women from across the US and paints a picture of how women participate in the DIY community and how it affects their daily lives.
Kathleen Hanna - Le Tigre / Allison Wolfe - Bratmobile / Michelle- Sick Fix / Anna - Blatz / Kirsten - Naked Agression / Cynthia Connolly - Banned in DC plus so many more.
Dean will be launching the very 1st issue of his new music zine, Outsider Art.
Lizzy will have Issue 3 of Ghost Fuck, a DIY feminist art zine.
This event is free. We will be asking for donations for the zines which we will split 50/50 with Amy (the filmmaker) and Amnesty who have done lots of work for Pussy Riot.
So recently my band Witch Cult were on the bill with a band whose name and lyrics were disgustingly sexist and anti-female. After refusing to play the show unless the band were removed, that band are now off the bill.
Both Dom and I sent messages to the band explaining why, and they replied with an apology, which is a credit to them.
So this is a open letter to any band in punk / hardcore whatever who think it is funny and cool to write lyrics or treat women like they are lower beings.
So, Im Lizzy, I play bass in Witch Cult. So, my band are pulling out of the Sheffield show because your band and lyrics have no place in our scene.
I understand you maybe think your lyrics are funny because they are so base and perhaps what you consider to ‘punk’.
You have absolutely no place in the scene.
Would you say those lyrics to my face? Come to one of our shows and say that to me.
The way you have de-humanised women and laughed at their sexuality doesn’t even make me mad – I really wanna just tell you some things.
Rape is a huge issue in our culture, and labelling any girl as a slut is not yours, or anyone’s decision. I know it is only a song you have written, but you have no idea how much shit like this perpetuates the idea that women are inferior, sexualised beings. Domestic Violence, pay gaps, and stereotyping all stem from things like this.
Use Punk music to push things forward boys, and don’t think that attitudes like yours will ever survive.
Some things it would be worth you checking out:
Unfortunately Witch Cult will not be able to play this show.
As you may or may not be aware, we are a band driven by what we believe; especially equality between all races and genders.
Sadly it seems that you do not see eye to eye with us on attitudes towards women and that is something we cannot tolerate.
Their music is the antithesis to what we try to put across and we would not feel comfortable playing with them.
Peace, love, powerviolence,
If you don’t think you’re punk
Then you already are.
Hey! I was just wondering if you’d be interested in an article about male feminism for Issue #3. Nothing dumb and whiny, but just a quick one on why I stand for it and the prejudices guys suffer from other guys who don’t understand feminism, or from people who are prejudiced towards feminism themselves. Those kinda vibes.
Let me know, I’d love to contribute!
Snippet of an interview Michelle from Sick Fix at our Kraack Gallery show 4 / 8 / 12
She talks about being the lead singer in a hardcore band and her experiences of riot grrrl.
Get the full interview in the upcoming ‘Outsider Art’ Zine by my good friend Dean.
So the Pussy Riot situation has been getting a lot of press attention recently with the start of the trial.
Its been going on for a while, but the momentum of support for these feminst punks has really started to snowball as they basically take on Putin head to head.
I am not sure how the trial is going to turn out as the eyes of the world are gradually starting to flicker their way - wether this will help them or not, I am not sure. It would be a hard fall for Putin to let them and allow them to become symbols of resistance.
Which of course, they already are. I really, really hope for their / their families / personal safety and wellbeing and for the sake of freaking justice and freedom of speech that they get a fair trial and get off - I may be hoping too much against what has now become a political saving face mission.
Anyway the spark has been lit, their statements made, and the world is seeing women playing punk music and standing up for what they believe in, and I am so utterly proud of these feminist punks.
Keep an eye on Amnesty, who are working closely on this.
Click HERE to buy Ghost Fuck Issue 1 & 2
An article I wrote for ’ Grrrls in Subculture’ Zine and also for Ghost Fuck Issue 3 - currently in the making! Please email email@example.com if you have anything you want in it! <3
By Lizzy (Bournemouth, England)
I play bass guitar in a South Coast Powerviolence band, Witchcult.
I am usually the only girl on the lineup – (unless we are playing with the brilliant Veils,www.veilshc.bandcamp.com) but I don’t ever see being on stage or in a band as a spotlight on my gender.
I see it as a great leveller- I am not a girl amongst boys, I am a musician amongst a band. Being female will neither cover me if I mess up a bass break, nor does it make my slides better than the male bassist playing after us.
The other boys in the band are the best band mates I could ever ask for. They are fiercely feminist , pro gay rights and vegan, and they taught me to not ever back down, or apologise for this. They give me absolute confidence to walk into a dingy room full of hardcore / metal men and give out my feminist zine – but not through any pep talks ,or ever starting fights in a display of machism with anyone who held opposing views.
They gave me this confidence by working hard and making tight music with gut-feeling emotional equal rights lyrics, driving 4 hours after work to a show, setting up, playing a sweet set and screaming their thoughts to a room full of people, jumping around lots, and driving home to get up for work at 9am.
I love taking my zine Ghost Fuck www.ghostfuckzine.tumblr.com to shows, because I feel we can play a set which sets out who we are and what we think, but then people can take away the zine and expand on where those thoughts come from. Particularly my feminist ones. Shows are a dizzying, fast and sociable thing. I want people to get cut with an idea at a show, then examine the wound at home (so to speak.).
I have only experienced spectacular sexism a handful of times. We were coming out of practise, carrying our gear, and one of the guys waiting to use the practice room after us said to his middle age balding mate ‘ah, remember when we had girlfriends to carry our stuff around for us?’
I remember putting up footage from my first show in Bristol (which was nuts) and proudly labelling it ‘My first show with Witch Cult, carrying their stuff.’
No, I don’t really ever ‘get involved’ in the pits at shows in an attempt to level myself with the guys squishing each other up. Yeah – I am scared you will hurt my boobs to be honest. I have never felt the need to deny this and prove that I can be ‘up there’ with the ‘real hardcore kids’. I love watching the chaos, watching the bass player play, talking to people on merch stands and learning new things – that’s how I enjoy a show. I usually get home afterwards, make a nice cup of tea, and watch Eastenders.
To any girls wanting to play hardcore or punk music – you have an incredible advantage. A higher pitched voice that will cut though all this male gutteral screaming – use it! After that, its all down to musicianship and working hard.
I am not scared of ever getting sexist heckles at shows. I definitely can’t hear you over the sound of my big muff.
Peace, Love and Powerviolence.