Hillary Clinton Zine
The same faults that mar Jeff Gerth’s Times reporting on Whitewater-misleading innuendo and ignorance or suppression of exculpatory facts-showed up in the paper’s coverage of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s commodity trades with Springdale attorney Jim Blair. (She helped Tyson Foods obtain $9 million in state loans and regulatory breaks.)
Here, the newspaper constructs Clinton as playing the “woman card,” linking her to a problematic version of feminism.
What is a zine?
A zine (pronounced zeen) is a small-circulation, self-published booklet of text and images often created by cutting and gluing on a master flat for photocopying and folding. They are non-commercial, independently made, and informed by an archopunk and DIY ethos.
Zines can be about anything that interests the author – from art, music, and memoirs to sexuality, politics, and religion. The underlying themes that connect them are their DIY spirit and anti-hierarchy.
The zine-making process is an empowering one, allowing artists to publish their thoughts without the filter of big media. It also encourages community as creators can work together to put their ideas into print. Plus, studies have shown that reading physical material activates more brain areas and engages spatial memory networks, making it more internalized than online content. So, whether you’re interested in a particular subject or want to get your ideas out there, check out our collection of zines and learn how to make your own!
Why is this zine relevant?
Zines are a form of social activism that can challenge hegemonic narratives by promoting marginalized communities. This is particularly relevant in the case of Hillary Clinton, whose polarizing politics have generated both backlash and excitement in equal measure. This zine, along with other zines like the literary/art/political zine BDGRMMR (also featured in this article) showcases the work of POCzinesters and the way that they are connecting to their communities through social collaboration and production.
This is what makes zine culture so significant in the current political climate. Whether they are discussing their love for Doctor Who, their struggle with mental illness or the ways in which media is suppressing Black voices, these zine makers are challenging hegemonic narratives and making sure that their voice is heard. This is something that mainstream publishing can learn from. The more that these marginalized voices are heard, the more our society can grow and evolve. This is why zine culture should be celebrated and encouraged.
Why is this zine important?
Genderal Studies is the zine of the UCLU Women’s Network, which aims to be a safe(r) space though which all self-defining women students (trans, intersex and cis), non binary, and gender non-conforming people can express their thoughts, feelings, creativity and art. The zine is produced quarterly and distributed free to all students. It is mailed to over 100 countries.
Despite her loser’s-lounge testimony, Hillary Rodham Clinton comes across in her memoir What Happened as someone you’d enjoy having over to binge-watch The Crown on Netflix or trust with your children for an afternoon of park play. But only the most credulous — or stubbornly uncritical — of readers will come away from her book believing she’s the malevolent dark angel of far-right and extreme-left fantasies.
That a woman who grew up in a predominantly white, upper-class neighborhood and went to Yale Law School would be seen as a champion of “people historically excluded” by the US media is baffling.