This typewritten, cut and paste compilation zine by Alex Hays explores gender identity, androgyny, sexuality, and defining self. In issue one contributors share about gender identity and gynecology, growing up with gender-conscious parents, the path to understanding personal gender presentation, and defining and claiming feminism. Issue two contains contributors' anecdotes about bras, breasts, puberty, and coming of age. Issue three is written exclusively by Alex who opens up the dialogue to include topics outside of gender. She discusses family, drinking, coming out to her family the summer after her first year at a women's college, and memories of her sophomore year in college. In issue four, Alex shares light-hearted memories about her family and explores gender ambiguity via a bike accident that she was in. She shares about the process of severing her relationship with alcohol and how it's helped her deal with stress, memory, headaches, etc. in a much healthier way. She includes quotes and images throughout the zine as well as an excerpt from Frederic Wertham on fanzines. In Issue 5, Alex talks about her improved writing skills and retrieved comfort with and freedom in writing since making zines. She shares stories about witnessing strange situations unique to New York City, telling her mother about her trouble with alcohol, and the ways that she deals with anxiety. Issue seven recounts Alex's life after leaving her wife and she makes a list of her ideal partner's qualities. Alex, now 37, also writes about her love of Gilmore Girls and Tig Notaro.
secrets / a. hays
making mischief / ace falcor
patio homo / james shultis
the true story of mrs mouse / may pin
the trouble of gynecology / a. hays
cut off / j. jarvis
the penis book / a. hays
phenotype / j.c.
the gender i.d. project / a. hays