Girl zines : a forum for girls to build community and establish their own identities
Boytz, Amy Diane
The personal nature of girl zines, including the zines' diary style and articles about individual experience, lends itself to self-expression. This thesis examines three zines, Essence, Limousine, and Touched by an Anvil as a means of determining the reasons why girls write zines and what kinds of benefits they receive. Findings include the way these zines serve as a forum for expression of their authors' thoughts. Also, the zines serve as a way to build community among reader and writer, and the publications provide a place where authors can counteract the messages given in the mainstream media.