Off the Map

IMG_20130430_153129_036-1Off the Map is a zine written by two women who adventured around Europe––squatting and finding random places to sleep and adventure. I chose this zine because I feel like it emphasizes what Sarah Dyer was trying to do in 1988 which is really Alison Piepmeier’s point––that if people, specifically women, don’t tell their stories; they will likely go unheard.

Piepmeier writes, “Although zines are often described as though they and their predecessors have always been male-dominated media, what hasn’t been discussed is the fact that these publications also have predecessors in the informal publications, documents, and artifacts produced by women during the first and second waves of feminism. One reason for this omission is that zines are resistant media, and women are, even today, rarely identified with resistance” (25).

Off the Map encourages its readers (I’d say the zine is definitely targeted towards young women or just women in general) to tell their stories about exploring the word and the world that they live in. The authors, Hib and Kika, write, “For some of us, zines are more accessible, more inviting; they tempt the reader to tell her own stories, to see that the author (or authors) are no heroines, no experts, but just people, just kids telling it like they see it, and live it” (7). The zine encourages women to make their voices heard and not fall into the invisibility that society often expects from women. It also tells these women’s stories about their adventures doing things that are often not considered to be “lady-like.” Hib and Kika sleep where ever they can, sleep in other people’s homes, etc––they are living their lives unafraid of the unknown and unafraid of anything. IMG_20130430_160141_671 IMG_20130430_160136_137


One thought on “Off the Map

  1. I think the zine you chose gets at what is most awesome for me about zines in general. On a small scale, they give people a voice and allow them to share whatever they think is meaningful for other people to hear. Because they are so personal, they are very inviting and seem to be unbiased and much more genuine than reading an article in a magazine in print. For those who read this zine, specifically women in this case, it gives them an outlet for discourse that they might otherwise not be able to have.

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