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Radical Publishing - Zine Fest at The Women's Library

t3.jpgOn Saturday afternoon I had the privilege of visiting London Met's Women's Library for the first time (VERY nice building, I am swayed by these things) the a small but perfectly-formed Zine Fest. These events, especially the long-running London Zine Symposium, are a great way of picking up some fresh new zines, seeing what people are putting out and generally catching up with all that is good, bad or stapled in the world of what is sometimes rather self-aggrandisingly referred to as self-publishing. Stalls from friends at the (much missed since moving to London) Cowley Club, Leeds' Manifesta and London anarcha-institution the 56a Info Shop. It was a coming together of the best distros and sickest new good printed things, all for sale // debate in the panel discussions which I unfortunately missed.

t2.jpgIt was sitting above Between The Sheets, a very worthwhile exhibition on women's magazines and their readers. It is on until 25th April. The exhibition charts the history and evolution of the women's magazine end up being the perfect complement to the zine fest. Probably the most eye-opening part of this were the various 'Letters to the editor' walls where visitors had the chance to instantly feedback on what they'd seen. As tends to happen when you give anyone a chance to contribute, the notes displayed ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous ('Great exhibition but it's all about women, isn't that a bit.. sexist?') to the downright silly (what's up guy that just wrote "LOL") but what a neat idea regardless - the panels became an exhibit in themselves - every museum and gallery should do this. Loads of images ( flickr link here) after the cut...

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Ethics

Brokeback Mountain too gay for Italy

Sometimes I read news stories, shake my head and have to check my diary to confirm that we are, in fact, living in the 21st century.

This week Italian state television showed "Brokeback Mountain" - but it was a different version than the one we all saw at the cinema. The famous love scenes between the two lead males had been cut, transforming the film in to "the tale of true friendship between two straight cowboys", a move that has been furiously opposed by gay rights organisations in the country.

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Men! Women are gross, go gay

gayad.jpgGay Times has had the genius and thoroughly amusing idea of taking the old homophobic spiel about promoting a "gay agenda" and actually doing it - they've commissioned a series of ad agencies to create campaigns which aim to convert fellas to the "gay lifestyle". Most of them are funny and make the point about how absurd such accusations are very nicely...

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Television

Grey's Anatomy in messy "de-gaying" row

brookesmith.jpgGay people in America? Can't adopt, can't get married, can't be seen to be gayly active on the telly. At least, that's the storm brewing in blogland over the handling of a lesbian storyline on Grey's Anatomy.

In short - Erica Hahn and Callie Torres got together on the show and made sweet lady love. Then Brooke Smith, who plays Erica, was fired and the relationship, which appeared to be going relatively well, is being ditched asap.

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Polls

Dolly Poll: Gok Wan - humilating or empowering?

gokbaps.jpgWould you like Gok's hands honking your baps? There's quite a spectrum of responses to Mr Wan, and I can't possibly cover them all on the poll options, so you'll have to forgive me for putting words into your mouth (or leave a comment explaining in more detail if you like). But his new show has kicked off and Dollymix would really like to know your thoughts on the guy, especially in the light of this Amanda Platell article about his new show which she says "makes you wonder how it is that a gay man can strip women's clothes off and fondle their breasts before the 9pm watershed and it's somehow OK. If it were a straight man, it would be pornographic." So come, vote, comment, speak out. This is your moment.

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In The News...

Tuesday news: Hadley on Gok, Sky weddings, Sarah Silverman, boob jabs

The superb Hadley Freeman interestingly interviews the irrepressible (trust me, I've tried) Gok Wan over in the Guardian today. Is his success all down to language? In his own words: "I think the language gay men use can put women at ease quicker - the overuse of 'darling', 'sweetheart', all the new words for breasts - it helps break down barriers quicker."

A couple in Belgium have had their entire wedding (guests are well) hanging from a crane...then bungee jump off.

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Wednesday news: cures for gayness, male spinsters, bad dates, Madonna and Guy, funny names, Walmart douches

dates.jpgThe Times is good value today, we've got religious camps to cure you of your pesky homosexuality, the world of male spinsters, and men you should never date (what's the worst profession to date? We should come back to this later)...

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Celebrities

Wednesday round-up: Ruth Kelly quits, Queen Bee syndrome, sexist cards, Li-Lo's sexuality, quizzes and red light zones

ruthkelly.jpgToday's headlines, then. First of all, of course, Ruth Kelly will step down at the next cabinet re-shuffle to 'spend more time with her family'.

Gordon Brown told Sky News: "She's done a great job. I think the public will understand these are the things that happen when you're trying to juggle with work and family life... It's a straightforward family story and I understand that as a father myself.''

How straightforward? The Daily Telegraph reported that Kelly, a Roman Catholic, couldn't reconcile her faith with the government's Human Fertilization and Embryology Bill.

We'll return to this later today!

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Monday news: free urban papers, Blue Peter marriages, junk food vs acupuncture, Cyndi Lauper

zombiestrip.jpgThere are plenty of reasons to avoid the free papers distributed around the urban metropolis... not least that they're owned by the fearmongering right. Anyway, here are a few things rubbing The F Word the wrong way.

Eating junk while pregnant may increase the risk of miscarriage according to The Sun, and if you're trying for a baby you might want to consider acupuncture too.

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Polls

Dolly Poll: French or Saunders?

saunders.jpgAngus Deayton and Jennifer Saunders are the comedians gay men and lesbians would most like to date a new study has revealed. Jennifer Saunders I can understand. But Angus? Angus Deayton and perfect snogging? I feel we've been over this before. Both were surprise hits, beating actually-gay comics Rhona Cameron and Simon Amstell in the Gay Parship poll and Saunders bagged an amazing 34% of the vote.

Spokesman Adrian Gillan said: "This research demonstrates that a good sense of humour is a highly attractive human trait: even setting age before beauty. Veteran hetero-humourists Jennifer Saunders and Angus Deayton appear to have the last laugh, at least in gay affairs." Aha. So - down to business. Who do you - Dollymix reader - like the best, French or Saunders?

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