by Jarrah Hodge
Often as feminists and social justice activists we find ourselves challenged by the mainstream media. It doesn’t seem to represent our issues. It tends to be created in a way that’s competitive, not collaborative. And while some women’s experiences get represented, others very notably do not. That’s why I was really happy to find out about a new print and online zine, Margins, started in Vancouver and written by “self-identified Indigenous women, women of color and queer women”.
Margins is a zine that puts intersectionality at its centre and exposes the links between the personal and political, the intimate and the global. It recognizes the value and purpose of emotion and experience.
Margins launched in June of this year to a packed house at the Rhizome Cafe. I got in touch with the editorial collective of Arielle Friedman, Ashley Zarbatany, Jennifer Wang, and Syahidah Ismail for an email interview and they sent back their joint responses on the zine-creation process, the reaction to Margins, and their plans for future issues..