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Ladies First Distro:
"Just getting it out there."

An interview with

from: Linköping in Sweden

by Elke Zobl and Haydeé Jiménez

April 2007


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?

My name is Sanna, I'm 20, turning 21 this year. I live in Linköping in Sweden.

What do you do besides your distro?

Right now the distro is kind of down, I'm working on getting it running again. Besides the distro i publish my own zine (Sanna mina ord) and I write for different magazines, for example bang, Swedens biggest feminist publication.

Do you produce any zines yourself? If so, do you write about specific topics/issues?

Yes, I run Sanna mina ord. It's mainly a feminist zine, with alot of personal texts, I try to use my own experiences to tell stories and get my message out.

Can you tell us a bit about Ladies First Distro?  How long have you been running the distro?

On and off for a couple of years. It started mainly because I wanted to get my own zine out, and I also knew alot of other ladies who made zines and other things. I wanted it to be broader then alot of other distros who mainly focused on punk.

Why did you decide to start a grrrl zine distro? What do you hope to accomplish by distributing grrrl zines?

Just getting it out there. If zines are gathered at one place it's easier for people to buy them, without having to contact 10 different people. Through a distro you can get 10 zines by just contacting one person. It's also a way of finding new zines/music.

What kind of zines do you distribute? Do they cover specific topics?

Mainly feminist zines, or zines by girls. Some of them are hardcore-political, others are more personal.

What kind of responses do you get from your customers?

Great repsonse. I have many faithful customers who keep coming back.

How did you become introduced to the culture of zines?

All my friends made zines, which made me realize I could publish my own zine. I saw that it wasn't difficult. I also read alot of swedish grrrl zines/feminist zines like Tigerskott i brallan, Killed by beauty and Amazon.

What do you think about zine-making today?

The zine culture in Sweden is not as big now as it used to be. But I'm sure there will be another wave of zines coming. Some people are talking about how the blog boom will kill the zine culture. I think even though blogs are becoming bigger, people will still want traditional zines. Words printed on a paper has a different feeling then words on a computer screen, in my opinion.

Which role does the Internet play for you?

A really big role. Without the internet I wouldn't have any customers, and I wouldn't get my zine out.

What are some zines you have read lately that you would recommend to someone learning about the zine-making/reading world?

Everyone in Sweden should read Snake Poision, a comics zine by one of my friends. If you know swedish and wanna find out more about zines in sweden, you should read a book called fanzinerad.

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

Produce alot of material, so you have alot to choose from. Always have zines on you, so you can give them away to people you meet. Get online!

Do you feel part of a (grrrl or general) zine community or network and what does it mean to you? What does the "zine scene" look like in Sweden?

I used to feel like a part of a community, but alot of zines aren't published anymore which is a shame. I think we are in for a generation change in the zine community.

Do you consider yourself as feminist?

Yes! I do! Even though my ideas are constantly changing I consider myself a feminist, and the work I do is also feminist. Feminism for me is giving people the full right to explore their full potential, without losing an understanding of how social structures effect us. I don't wanna get caught in some liberal bullshit.

What are the most pressing issues you are confronted with in daily life (as a woman/feminist/…)?

As a feminist I am often limited. People think feminists have to be a centrain way. People who don't consider themselves feminists  are surprised that I don't live up to a certain idea they have of what a feminist is. And other feminists sometimes think I'm antifeminist cuz I wear make-up or whatever. Being a feminist for me right now,  is  alot about figuring out who I wanna be,  and how I can stand up for myself.

What do you think about feminism today? How would you explain what feminism is to someone who has no idea what it is?

I'd say feminism is a social movement aimed at equality. You can sort of choose for yourself what you want feminism to be. I don't think we should define just ONE feminism, but work through what part feminism can play in different peoples lives. For me feminism right now needs to expand it's analysis and not onyl focus on white, heterosexual women from the west.

What would a "grrrl"-friendly society look like in your view? How do you think society might be
re-thought and transformed to come closer to an "ideal" world for women, grrrls and queer folks? Do you have any suggestions for the development of women/grrrl/queer-friendly policies?

I think we need to  work with destabilizing categories. We need to expand our view of what people can be beyond all binary categories like man/woman, gay/staright, black/white, feminist/antifeminist.

What are some of your personal wishes/visions/ideas/plans for the future, if you like to share them?

For me personally, I'd like to keep writing. Maybe publish a book someday. Continue to be a part of a feminis community, in my own way.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?



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