The Ladle is looking for submissions for a zine – that is, a self published magazine – focusing on the politics of bodies and body image. We believe that the body is a field of political struggle – white supremacy, ableism, patriarchy, transphobia, homophobia, and a multiplicity of other oppressions act constantly to define and degrade marginalized people’s/peoples’ bodies. In this context, marginalized people starting the (potentially long) process of accepting their bodies and defining their bodies for themselves is a political act.
For that reason, we’re interested in your experiences and struggles with your body – and how you contextualize these struggles. We want to hear your stories about how you relate to your body, and how you live in your body; how you’ve learned to feel ok in your body, or how’re still struggling with accepting it. Examples of topics for submissions could be: eating disorders, fatness and fat acceptance, how white supremacy effects the embodied experience of people of colour, and queer embodied experience.
We’re just got two quick notes on submissions:
- We will be prioritizing submissions by people of colour, women, trans* people, queer people, and people with disabilities.
- We will only accept submissions that are, on the whole, body positive (meaning that you put forward the idea that all bodies are valid, and that no one body is better than any other). While we will, of course, print submissions that deal with individuals disliking or struggling with their bodies, we will not print submissions that promote racism, misogyny, transphobia etc by denigrating a category of bodies.
If you have anything you would like to submit anonymously, please use the form below. Thanks!