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make/ shift Magazine
"Contemporary Feminist Culture"

An interview with
Jessica Hoffmann and Daria Yudacufski
from California, USA

by Haydeé Jiménez & Elke Zobl

April 2008


For us, feminism at its best takes into account multiple issues, such as economic justice, racial justice, queer issues, trans issues, and not just the traditional “women’s” issues."

- Jessica and Daria


make/shift issue 2 & issue 3

Can you tell me a little bit about your personal (age, place of birth and residence etc.) and educational background?
Jessica Hoffmann, 30, born in Van Nuys, CA, lives in Los Angeles, some college
D:Daria Yudacufski, 37, born in Monterey, CA, lives in Los Angeles, B.A. and M.A. degrees in Art History

What are you currently doing, or involved in, besides your zine?
J: Freelance writing and editing, organizing class-privileged people to leverage their resources for social justice (working with Resource Generation), stencilling, participating in a local vegetable co-op, in a domestic partnership and doing fun stuff whenever I can.
D: I work full-time at the University of Southern California managing Visions and Voices, an arts and humanities initiative. I participate in lots of arts-based events. I also participate in the local vegetable co-op. I live with my husband and cat.

Can you tell our readers about Make/Shift Magazine? What topics are discussed most often?
Here’s make/shift’s mission:
Make/shift magazine creates and documents contemporary feminist culture and action by publishing journalism, critical analysis, and visual and text art. Made by an editorial collective committed to antiracist, transnational, and queer perspectives, make/shift embraces the multiple and shifting identities of feminist communities. We know there’s exciting work being done in various spaces and forms by people seriously and playfully resisting and creating alternatives to systematic oppression. Make/shift exists to represent, participate in, critique, provoke, and inspire more of that good work.

How long has Make/Shift been running?
We started working on the project in January 2006. We launched in March 2007.

What do you hope to accomplish by making and distributing Make/Shift Magazine?
As brownfemipower said in her speech at this year’s WAM conference, “I firmly feel that our goal as feminist media makers is to save the world and use a feminist analysis to do.” We second that!

What was your first exposure to zines? How did you find out about them?
J: I first heard about zines in the anthology Girl Power when I was seventeen years old in 1995. I read a quote of Nomy Lamm and heard that she was part of a Riot Grrrl/zine community and I immediately started learning about and sending postcards and dollars to request copies of young feminist zines and made my own within a few months.

D: I first got into zines when I was in college at UCLA around 1990. A friend of mine at school did a great feminist zine called Kitten Kore and lots of people would pass out zines at shows (like at Jabberjaw in LA). I was also really inspired by Bikini Kill, especially Kathleen Hannah, and other riot grrrl artists and media makers.

What do you love about zines? Are there aspects you find challenging or limiting in the zine community (e.g. being a subculture/scene, its demographic being mostly white, middle-class)?
D: While my first intro to zines came through the Riot Grrrl movement, as a woman of color, I was also really disheartened by how white and exclusive it felt. But I do love zines and believe in the power of independent media. And that’s why I’m now committed to this project and providing a media outlet for voices that have traditionally been marginalized.

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to start a zine?
Do it!

What do you think about feminism today?
J & D: Feminism encompasses so many different and divergent perspectives and ideas, and we find some of them troublesome and others totally inspiring. In our magazine, we document the ones that are inspiring to us and critique the ones that we find problematic. For us, feminism at its best takes into account multiple issues, such as economic justice, racial justice, queer issues, trans issues, and not just the traditional “women’s” issues.

What would a “grrrl”-friendly society look like in your view? How do you think society might be re-envisioned and transformed tin order to become an “ideal” world for women, grrrls and queer folks? Do you have any suggestions for the development of women/grrrl/queer-friendly policies?
There’s so much we could say here, from something as simple as a society in which people are non-judgmental to a society in which everyone is free from violence and everyone has housing and healthcare to communities where individuals see themselves as interconnected with each other and have a voice in societal decisions that affect their lives and where people can do whatever they want with their bodies, sex lives, etc. (as long as no one else is getting hurt!).

Daria Yudacufski and Jessica Hoffmann, members of the editorial and publishing collective

*All make/ shift related photos on this page were taken by Giuliana Maresca



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