Not Lady Like

http://www.grassrootsfeminism.net/cms/sites/default/files/NotLadyLike.pdf

I really like the Not Lady Like zine because it encourages women to not be lady-like and to “disturb the meaning of what a lady should be.” According to the introduction, lady can be a “powerful, naughty, strong feminist word” but it also has connotations of “old fashioned feminists.” I thought the conversation about the word “lady” is extremely interesting because we talked about it in class a few weeks ago. Words like “woman” and “human” have word “man” in it furthering emphasizing the patriarchal society in which we live. But “lady” is unique because it has no ties to man and can take on its own powerful connotation. 

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2 thoughts on “Not Lady Like

  1. This seems like a really cool zine and I like the notion that it conveys to “disturb the meaning of what a lady should be.” I feel like that’s something that is so often embedded into into kids (mostly women; but, I think that men also are taught how ladies should act and be treated, etc). I think this zine does what Piepmeier expresses in her piece and through her use of Sarah Dyer’s story–to challenge society and be an individual and zines are a great medium to spread that idea because they are incredibly personal and therefore empowering. I also liked the point that you raised about language–our language is so gendered and so male-centric that even when you’re talking about women–men enter the conversation because “men” is a part of “woman.” I feel like taking on the task of exploring something like that in other mediums might be incredibly daunting but it can be tackled in a zine because it is one person’s (or a smaller groups) experience and not someone speaking for all women–it’s much more individual. I like the word lady; but, it also conjures images of someone who is older and much more proper than I am. It’s interesting to see what thoughts come to mind with different words–especially such gendered words!

  2. Further analyzing the word “lady,” what is the target audience for “Not Lady Like”? You described the word lady as “powerful and strong feminist” which seems to correlate with the younger generation, but it is also “old fashioned feminist” which includes the older generation. Do the articles in the zine cover a wide range of issues or does it have a balanced amount of articles targeted for the younger generation and older generation.

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