Mermaids Against Misogyny is produced by a feminist collective in Utah. In issue one, poetry and prose contributions reflect on discovering pan-sexuality, American journalist Nelly Bly, and reasons some women do not identify with feminism. They use a feminist lens to argue that Pocahontas is the best Disney princess. In issue two, an author defines feminism and profiles Amelia Earhart. Contributors also challenge masculinity and gender roles and explain how patriarchy is hurtful to men. The third issue contains commentary on internalized misogyny, the “friend-zone,” female representation in media, Hayao Miyazaki films, and the relationship between masculinity and femininity. They also include Maya Angelou's poem “Phenomenal Woman” and a profile of Dolly Parton. Issue 4 is an international edition, focusing on stories and perspectives of women and their work across the world. It has a profile on an art exhibition by Moroccan-U.K. based artist Hassan Hajjaj about female biker culture in Morocco, a list of global female leaders, instructions on how to make zines, and gender equality. Additional elements of both issues are quotations, handwriting and recipes.
Title from covers.
No. 1-4 gift of Julie Turley, donated in 2013 and 2014.