Zine on privilege launches, calls for contributions
Jess McCabe // 9 January 2011
A new zine called Dangerous Conversations is due to launch later in 2011, and thee people behind it are calling for submissions – they’re also looking for others to participate in the editorial collective.
They say the zine will be aimed at “anyone who struggles against the many forms of domination that blight our lives: ableism, ageism, authority, capitalism, civilisation, caste and class systems, heteronormativity, islamaphobia, male privilege, speciesism, transphobia, white supremacy (and others that are still unrecognised)”.
Dangerous Conversations is a project born out of the struggle to end systems of domination. Our involvement in movements described as anarchist,
activist, horizontalist, and so on has been at times inspiring and at other
times disillusioning and frustrating.
This zine is not aimed at Anarchists or Activists but at anyone who struggles against the many forms of domination that blight our lives: ableism, ageism, authority, capitalism, civilisation, caste and class systems, heteronormativity, islamaphobia, male privilege, speciesism, transphobia, white supremacy (and others that are still unrecognised).
Dangerous Conversations is intended as an intervention in business as
usual. We hope to collect texts and viewpoints that challenge the status
quo in a way that, rather than (or perhaps as well as) provoking hostility,
provoke constructive responses and discussion. We hope that, as much as
possible, the zine becomes a place to converse and to deepen affinity. By
showing solidarity with others who also see the struggle as their own
struggle, even when we differ on the details, we can become stronger as a
movement. Ours is a strength that comes through diversity and empathy for
different viewpoints rather than the imposition of dogma and distrust.
These conversations are dangerous to oppressors because they threaten
their privilege. They sometimes seem dangerous to us too because they
threaten our own privilege. Because of this, they are important
conversations to have.
This first issue (‘What next?’) is to be a collection of different
viewpoints on where this struggle should go next. We are inviting a range
of contributors who we think have interesting and sometimes conflicting
ideas on how we should proceed.
We hope that readers will want to respond to and involve themselves in the
project by contributing to this conversation in whatever way seems
appropriate. There are no guidelines for what is and isn’t appropriate
way to express yourself here. Submissions for future publication,
participation in the editorial collective, criticism and ideas are all very
welcome. Contact us at dangerousconversations(at)riseup(dot)net
Please submit your articles for the first issue by the start of March
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