Static Zine: Sex

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Com­pi­la­tion zine, Jes­sica Lewis, Aviva Co­hen, Melody Lamb (ed.), Is­sue 14, info@stat­

Pick­ing up where Salt-n-pepa left off, the lat­est is­sue of this pop­u­lar D-I-Y mag­a­zine says, “Let’s talk about sex, baby!” As a hope­less prude, I braced my­self and kept some Pepto on hand in case this mag was about to ex­pose me to a cringe-wor­thy

orgy of young­sters over­shar­ing. Luck­ily our friends at Static keep it pretty classy, earnest, and even some­what dar­ling at times. Over 20 con­trib­u­tors cover a lot of ground rang­ing from loss-of-vir­gin­ity sto­ries to righ­teously as­sert­ing the le­git­i­macy of ones’ trans body to, on the more dar­ing side, re­count­ing the pur­suit of three­somes. There’s even a joke about peg­ging that in­volves the ‘90s sitcom Frasier that I’m not sure I to­tally got, be­cause I didn’t watch the show. What I’m say­ing is, if all this in­ter­ests you even a lit­tle, you’re likely go­ing to find some­thing that floats your boat in here. Static Zine has been around for a while now and if you’re from these Toronto parts, you prob­a­bly know it as a lo­cal favourite. It ad­heres to the clas­sic ‘90s aes­thetic of the medium’s hey­day with printed, cut-and­pasted text com­bined with draw­ings, nar­ra­tive pieces or comics. It’s a grab bag of scrappy con­tri­bu­tions from de­cent folks just like you. I won’t lie, parts of this zine were ob­vi­ously not for me: I per­son­ally found some of the po­etry more than a lit­tle te­dious, I am eas­ily grossed out by bod­ily stuff, and I am some­what dis­turbed by the eroti­ciza­tion of Jenga (I play Jenga with my niece!). But you and I are dif­fer­ent, dear reader, and this was made for the sake of harm­less fun so check it out, why don’t you? (Chris Landry)

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