It Started With a Question
Calgary, Alberta
A segment written in conjunction with the Fem Assembly as part of F is for Fem zine, the central idea of Issue #2 was to use a book titled,Every Woman’s Standard Medical Guide,published by Greystone Press in 1948, as a source inspiration from which the Fems could respond, react, revise, rewrite, redo, etc. in the freshly reimagined zine pages you see here.

Resisting the Woman’s Position in Life highlights a segment from the Every Woman’s Standard medical Guide (1948). It recounts the personal life of one person, identified by the authors as a woman, and how her experineces in life exemplified an “othering” experience outside of what was deemed as normal for a woman under the patriarchy at the time. The so called “deviations” highlighted in the segment are described in negative light, not taking account of the varying experiences of sexualilty and intercourse, or personal relationships to body.

Embracing the Non-binary Position in Life gives response to the above segment. It takes the same structure and form of the segment, word for word, but adapts the vocabular to be gender-neutral using they/them pronouns and highlighting positive self-exploration and introspection, and finding ones own way through life.  

It Started With a Question, Issue #2, F is for Fem Zine

Lex Hilderman
Calgary, Alberta