What to Keep, What to Give Away, Issue #1
by K, Autumn 2012
28 pg. at half-letter size
$1 from Fight Boredom Distro
Amber Dearest of Fight Boredom Distro hosts a zine residency at The Tulip Farm, her lovely Montréal apartment, and this zine was written by one of last year’s residents. In this zine, K writes about deciding to remain celibate while they work on changing the negative patterns they tend to fall into around sex. They describe how their conviction that “rules aren’t punk” made it harder for them to set ultimatums for themselves in dealing with the behaviours they wanted to change.
The Fight Boredom writeup insightfully describes the topic of this zine as “radical vulnerability”, but I was still taken by surprise when I read it at just how vulnerable the author makes themself. What to Keep, What to Give Away does come with a trigger warning, but I still want to give a more thorough heads-up that this zine contains detailed descriptions of sexual encounters, describes having sex you don’t really wanna have and having sex while drunk, and talks about STIs, and about lying to sexual partners. I found it hard to read, and caution readers to be careful, but I would still highly recommend this zine if you think you’re up to it. I can’t say enough about how much I admire people who are willing to share these kinds of experiences, while also 100% respecting people (like myself) who aren’t.
- Lily Pepper