EVERY THUG IS A LADY ADVENTURES WITHOUT GENDER: $?, 4½” x 6”, perfect-bound, 72 pgs.

Feb 01, 2016

Julia Eff has issues; or rather society has issues with Julia Eff. Perhaps it’s both. In fact this zine is just bursting at the seams with them, and this is just one way Julia deals. A ritual in writing and in art, it’s a cleansing—a loud yell, a gentle whimper. So look, I’m in no way an expert on non-binaries, gender neutral pronouns, or transgender or gender queer issues so I thought this was an enlightening and brutally honest way to show the real struggles of someone who has gender dysphoria.Julia delves into the dark, dirty alleys of the individual societal subsets that constrict and shape gender identity. Relationships with men, women, parents, hair, make-up, clothing, shows, goth, music, and yes, pronouns! Lots of pictures of Bowie, Marilyn Manson, Twiggy Ramirez (?), and some other androgynous, seemingly miserable goth icons Julia likens themself to. Tidbit cartoons, drawings, and picture collages keep the tune of this zine morose, bleak, and full of angst—and oh so goth. An eye-opening and angst-filled zine. –Camylle Reynolds (Pioneers Press, 816 N. Main St, Lansing, KS 66043, pioneerspress.com)