Zines are broadly defined as paper-based, DIY (Do It Yourself) periodicals that are created and shared within the context of a subculture. Zines have been a critical component of what is known as DIY feminism: a political outlook centered on communicating and elevating ideas through independent cultural production. The Vorhoff Library’s collection of zines and magazines cover topics such as feminism, LGBTQ+ issues, herbalism, health and self-care, and New Orleans subcultures, among others. The graphic design artwork and literary work within these zines and magazines are fitting examples of women in power.
The zines and magazines represented here are a sampling of titles that were on generous loan for the exhibit from the Newcomb Archives and Vorhoff Library Special Collections.