Cat Power Issue 2
by Cassie Staub Pittsburgh, PA 15 pages stapled
"Cat Power Issue 2" is a submission-based zine focusing on issues dealing with gender, feminism, and sexism. I think what I like most about the submissions-based zines I've read (including this one) is the diversity. You get to hear different voices, see different styles of illustration/photography, and if you're not particularly loving one submission, it's not too long until you move on to the next. This zine contains mostly short personal essays, covering topics like body hair, gender roles, bad tee shirt slogans, and sexism in the DIY punk music scene. There's also an essay on gender roles in farming (framed through an ethnographic lens). The overall look is very DIY (black and white, cut and pasted text, collaged photographs, etc) and it's a quick read. "Cat Power" is a zine I really could have used as a teen—a space for girls to talk to each other about issues they're experiencing, share stories, and learn from each other.