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C like Consistency and F like Feminism!
Yellow Three gets the word out

An interview with Jackie Joice

by Elke Zobl

September 2002

Jackie is not only the creator of the documentary "Punk Pretty" and a performance poet but also does her personal zine "Yellow Three". She currently writes the biography of controversial performance artist Keith Antar Mason.

Some info on Punk Pretty:
"Punk Pretty isn't a documentary with car chases, graphic language, drug use or sex. It isn't a documentary with a million dollar budget. There's no grips, script supervisors, stuntmen, extras or caterers. It's quite the contrary. I was the crew ok? I used a $600 camera and drove a car with half of its transmission in the back seat. Punk Pretty is a 50 minute example of what I created when I made up my mind to make it. Punk Pretty gives a voice to young women and men and that's what I wanted to do. Punk Pretty features some fabulous girl and female fronted bands such as Sugarpuss, Foxy, All or Nothing, HC and Honey Bunny. Unfortunately one of these bands has split up (Honey Bunny) but that's to be expected."

Can you tell me first of all a little bit about yourself? How old are you, where are you originally from and where do you reside now?
I'm 34, I live in Long Beach, CA (with my husband) but from Los Angeles, a substitute teacher, writer, learning to play flamenco on my guitar, was a Cuban Babalawo (male high priest of Santeria) in a past life, murdered on railroad tracks in a past life, voyeur at the age of 9.

What do you do besides your zine?
Teach ESL during the summer to foreign students, video tape protests, involved with bringing justice to the women of Juarez. Freelance writer.

For how long have you been running your zine now? How many issues did you put out until now? Are you the only editor or is there a team?
Yellow Three has been running for about 2 and half years. Not long I know. I am the only editor.

What made you decide to start this project? How did you come up with the idea and the name?
Well I wanted a DIY of expressing myself so I chose to put together a zine. I got the name Yellow Three from listening to a radio station broadcasting the anticipated eruption of a volcano in Hawaii.

What topics are most often discussed in your zine?
Anywhere from racism to astral twins.

What do you hope to accomplish by establishing your zine?
Getting the word out on something that's been eating at me. Meeting new individuals and sharing opinions.

What does zine making and reading mean to you? What do you love about zine making ? What's the most challenging aspect of making zines?
I love all aspects of creating, It's exciting to have the issue completed and it be available. The most challenging aspect of making a zine for me is capital C - consistency.

What was your first exposure to zines? How did you find out about them? What have they come to mean to you?
My first exposure to zines was with Skuld of Hag Rag. A zine is all about creative expression.

Do you consider grrrl zines as an important part of a movement of sorts? Do you think zines can effect meaningful social and political change?
Any article of expression if done with consistency and passion can be an effective means of at least awareness to a topic.

What does the zine community mean to you?
That people aren't going to sit on their asses and not make something happen.

What advice would you give others who want to start a zine?
Just Do IT! Comprende ?

What are some of the zines you admire?
Hag Rag
Varla's Passed Out
Bitter Strawberries
I admire anyone who puts together a zine and is consistent with it.

Could you please describe a little bit the grrrl zine community in your country?
Very Active.

Do you define yourself as a feminist? What are the most pressing issues you are confronted with in daily life (as a woman/feminist)?
Yes, I consider myself a feminist. Let's reclaim the F-word! Because I'm a substitute teacher, I'm in the role society expects me to be in, but as soon as I start playing flamenco like I want to, I'm going to catch HELL. As far as I know there are no female flamenco guitar players.

Are you active in the feminist movement? How?
Yes. I've been involved with bringing awareness to the treatment of the women of Afghanistan for about 4 years now. I'm also involved with viejaskandalosas, a collective of artists dedicated to eradicating the violence against women in Juarez. I was in Juarez, Mexico this passed February, and it was an emotional and risky trip.

What do you think about feminism today? Do you see yourself as part of “Third Wave Feminism” and what does it mean to you?
I think the movement could be stronger today, more visible at least. People are afraid of the word. Women are more reluctant to admit that they are a feminist than men are. I find more men willing to claim they're a feminist...and they aren't saying it just to buy me a drink either...these are partners of other women, writers, etc. You don't have to hate men to be a feminist. Feminists are humanists. Women get treated like garbage in other countries. Not to mention the Nigerian woman who is going to get stoned for allegedly having a child out of wedlock. She was divorced from the man. This woman will be buried from the neck down, only her head being exposed, and stoned until ultimately a rock crushes her skull and she dies. That's it...end of story. Close to 400 women in Juarez, (that's right next door to El Paso, Texas American women) are being slaughtered and discarded in alleys and vacant lots! Just because they can give birth, just because they have a vagina....and you're afraid to say you're a feminist? Shame on you. Damn, can I have a glass of bloody mary with no celery?

Which role plays the Internet for you? Does it change your ideas of making zines and doing/reading zines?
The internet has been all around helpful as far as exposure and meeting different individuals.

Do you have any suggestions? Something you want to add?
Stay true to yourself, and please do not be a hypocrite. They suck!

Jackie Joice
1218 E Broadway # 100
Long Beach, CA 90802


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