A new zine in the ‘Bootlegs’ Collection, taken from the Lies Journal and written by Pluma Sumaq; this text offers deep reflections on prostitution and the sex industry and there intersections with race, class and gender identity; whilst attempting to bring forward critical engagements and critiques around Prostitution/Sex Work and the Sex Industry- and attempting to counter narratives brought from Liberal and White Feminist trajectories.
Quotes from the Text:
“Personally, I could never bring myself to buy into the rhetoric of empowerment through normalization that the mostly white middle-class sex worker rights movement was selling. To create a language around and an image of a “Sex Worker” that is normalized and free of stigma did not seem very revolutionary to me. To me it said, “accept us because we are just like you.” Well, what if we’re not like you? What then will you do to us? The campaign to push forward the picture of the fully autonomous and sovereign woman in prostitution contributes to the polarization of ‘The Prostitute’ into two cartoon figures —one of total empowerment and one of total degradation.”
“We have been taught to believe in a world that is good and bad, up and down, righteous and evil, and this serves us. It validates us when we are called to separate our vulnerability, and therefore our intimacy, from our work. It informs our logic that there is never any choice or agency in poverty, in being oppressed, in prostitution. We are manipulated into ignoring broken systems and are instead coerced into seeing broken people who will only choose survival if they are desperate enough, as if survival were some extreme option. But no one can say “prostitution has nothing to do with me.” It exists precisely because of the economic and misogynistic system we participate in every day.”
PDF HERE: Disgrace
(Pix from a distro in Berlin who also made patches with a similar design to our recent poster)
Some kids from our favorite graffiti crew just turned one of their zines into a fully bound book!!! 🙂
Copies are available in some Anarchist Libraries, from Distros and other random as fuck places!! Currently there are copies in Berlin, Malmo, London, Ghent, Zurich, Vienna and other cities. Keep an eye out! we’ll be distroing this one IRL in the next weeks. Sorry no post outs 😛
New Release- Manifesto of Nihilist Women- is taken from the Anarchist Library. Originally translated from french by Micheal Shreve this very short text comes out of the French Illegalist tendency in the late 1800’s and is a call to arms for all women to begin engaging in precise acts of violence and sabotage against those in positions of dominance.
Quote from the text:
“Let men have their fun blabbering on and on about the Revolution—They’re free to do it! The nihilist women are tired of all this procrastination and are determined to act.”
PDF Here: nihilist women
We announce the zineification of another new text in our Bootlegs series. Originally written in Portuguese by Jota Mombaça and translated into English by Daniel Lourenço ‘Toward a Gender Disobedient and Anti-Colonial Redistribution of Violence’ is a deep accounting of domination and the imposition of colonialism, both within the context of Brazil and globally. Attempting to understand the nature of the enemy, and later laying out a basis for attacking structural violence’s, ‘Toward a Gender Disobedient and Anti-Colonial Redistribution of Violence’ takes the reader from a position of quivering disdain for the brutality of this world into a position where one might be able to imagine destroying it.
Quotes from the text:
Yes, we are potentially frail, but that should not be
understood as an inability or ineptitude for self-defense. To learn how defend oneself requires the articulation of other ways of understanding one’s own frailty. There are strategies, techniques and tools which only a corporeality
and a subjectivity able to inhabit frailty may come to develop. Self-defense isn’t just about striking back, but also about understanding your own limits and developing exit strategies, so as to flee when necessary. It is also about learning to read the choreographies of violence and studying ways of intervening upon them. It is about painting through fear and dealing with indisputable condition of not having peace as an option.
There is no solution. The redistribution of violence is not
able to stop the deadly machine made up of police forces, toxic masculinities and all the fictions of power. It is but one of the many ways to deal with the problem without neutralizing it. The redistribution of violence is not capable of avenging deaths, redeeming suffering, turning the game around and changing the world. There is no salvation. This here is a barricade! Not a bible.
PDF HERE: Redistribution violence
Photo from a recent tabling at an anti prison event in UK, we’ll be on the move a bit this summer keep and eye out for where we might be & invite us to things- we like traveling.