Trigger Warning: Assault, Rape, and Abuse are recurring themes in our arts communities. The Portland Poetry Slam community came together in April 2014 to make this zine, defining, building, and protecting our safe spaces. The original zine raised over $500 from supporters nation wide to pay for free distribution of copies. Click the link to view and download the PDF.
This is a really important zine put together by Robyn Bateman and the Portland Poetry Slam community. Download Nope: A Safe Space Zine and please share it freely and openly. It’s an awesome resource to help make any creative community (online or irl) a safe space for everyone. Let’s continue the conversation about how we are going to end misogyny and destroy the abusive structures that are so pervasive in our society. This is an ongoing struggle that we are all a part of. We can always do better.
Before he made his second “appearance” on The Simpsons in 2004, Thomas Pynchon made a few edits to the teleplay—he crossed out a pejorative line of dialogue about Homer’s ample posterior. “Homer is my role model,” he wrote in the margins, “and I won’t speak ill of him.”