RANTS FOR RESISTANCE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL AND BEYOND (3 TITLES)
Using humor, sharpies and old Playboy magazines, "Exploring the Male Gaze (And How Women Can Be Gazers Too!)" started as a way for me to examine my own feelings of alienation from representations of the female form. What happens when you are so used to seeing the female body as a simple prop that you are numb to it? Even as a feminist who views media with a critical edge, it has become increasingly hard to see the subjecthood of women when their bodies are mainly represented as a platform for male sexual desire and/or violence. I wrote this zine as a way to provide an overview for the concept of the male gaze, but also as a way of delving deeper into the internalization of objectification that I have experienced as a woman and what we can do to fight back!
This zine is based off research performed for my senior thesis in Peace and Conflict Studies at UC Berkeley, entitled "Why the Terrorists Win: Examining the U.S. Fight against Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan." For "The Trouble with the "T" Word," I took a broader view on terrorism in order to explore why exactly the title "terrorist" is such an inflammatory and treacherous term, intentionally confusing and abused by media and politicians alike.