June 4, 2014

Zine: Girls Get Busy #21

Like a sleepover with your best friends.

There’s something familiar about opening up an issue of Girls Get Busy—maybe this is because the zine is on its twenty-first issue, and we’re all well-versed in the magic we’re about to experience, but this familiarity also attests to the messages its writers express. Vanity, loneliness, feeling violated and embarrassed, are unfortunately things we’ve all experienced, and when reading them in the beautifully poetic words of others, it’s impossible not to feel bouts of solidarity.

Does anyone else
ever take their hair down when they cry? 

The pictures, even, are images we frequently encounter in our daily lives—a bra on the bed, or an apathetic glance in a grocery store. Even the stylized paintings are of scenes we come across often, though perhaps without thought, and in a much more beautiful way then we might initially imagine as we experience them. It’s even difficult to differentiate between the fiction and nonfiction pieces, as the emotions conveyed through each story feel so intimate, so real, so plausible.

I have lived in my body 
for all these years 
but still I need 
maps and torches and compasses to know 
who I am 
what I want 
where I’m going 

A totally plausible reason for these unmistakable moments of recognition is the fact that many of the zine’s contributors are people who, if you’re familiar with popular Internet girl culture, you’ve probably seen before. And this is fantastic--it's a display of the fact that our community is growing stronger, with leaders and creatives working as constants in this budding, feminist, Internet-driven movement. This realization, however, is not meant to detract from GGB #21’s powerful content. For instance, in Sonia Lopez’s poem “Sleepy,” the narrator speaks not as one, but as “we.” Together, "they" witness the alteration of those around them, which inevitably results in that crushing, sinking feeling of being left behind. But even still, when perhaps "we" are meant to feel lonely when reading this poem, the sheer fact that we are part of a group reminds every reader that they are very much not alone.

Read the full issue of Girls Get Busy #21 here.

Images by Daisy Lalarge and Cheyenne Sophia.

Written by Molly Morris