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Submission Call for Virgin #2
Last year I wrote a very personal zine called Virgin.
I’ve been amazed by how ‘successful’ Virgin #1 has been and I’ve been touched by people who’ve taken the time to contact me about it and share their stories.
I’m now ready to write #2 and would love to include some submissions!
I’m hoping Virgin #2 will be half sized, so submissions can run to a few sides.
I really want this zine to be focused from the point of view of people, like myself, who haven’t lost their virginity. I’ve thought long and hard about this decision and am anxious that an inevitable divide isn’t created between those who have had sex and those who haven’t.
Please feel free to write about anything virginity related with the exception of:
- losing virginity stories
- well meaning “it’ll be alright... I didn’t lose my virginity until I was X age...”
(I’ve been slightly confused by the number of people who’ve picked up on my brief discussion about asexuality in Virgin #1 but as that’s just as infrequently talked about, I’m happy to include submissions that relate to virginity and asexuality).
It’s absolutely ok to submit anonymously! I make this whole zine anonymously!
Submission deadline: 18th August 2010
(I know it’s really close but I really want to get it finished during my summer holidays)
Any submission will receive a free copy of the finished zine.
All submissions and questions to: email@example.com
Extracts from reviews of Virgin #1:
Amber of Culture Slut and Fight Boredom zines
“Virgin is a quarter-size perzine written by an anonymous girl in the UK all about, well, virginity. In the intro, she says, "Basically, I'm not getting any and never have had any. This doesn't really bother me, but it bothers the rest of the world and that reaction DOES bother me." She chronicles her romantic life in chronological order, from being bullied as a preteen for not crushing on boys and having her first celebrity crush turn out to be a girl, to persevering through awkward dates and makeout sessions. Her lack of experience often leads friends to question her sexuality, basically asking, "If you haven't had sex, how do you know who you're attracted to?" This, of course, is absolutely ridiculous - If a virgin claims to be heterosexual, no one questions them, but if you're queer (or bisexual, or asexual, or anything but straight), somehow you have to prove yourself? Not cool. She writes about the many questions she asks herself about her own sexuality, and her experiences within the LGBT community... This is a short but engaging read on a topic that is not discussed often enough.”
Sweet Candy Distro
“From the intro: "I'm writing the zine I wanted to read." The title accurately describes the author, a virgin, but this zine is more than a zine about virginity. It is someone's journey with identity and trying to understand their sexuality. Starting at age 11, the author logs her first crushes and kisses. The older she becomes, the more she begins to question if she is asexual. A wonderfully honest zine that I hope will touch others who will share their story in a future issue of Virgin.”
“... A great little zine that is packed with interesting mini-stories and musings, with a cute layout. As a very sexual queer person this zine held my attention and brings up some important issues of inclusion in the GBLT/queer communities.”