by Fanny M. Bystedt and Margaret Killjoy
A 6-page comic short that first appeared in the Accent UK anthology 2OMBIES. Now available as a zine!
Less than a year after the release of Margaret Killjoy’s utopian novel A Country of Ghosts, we’re proud to bring you the zine version! It didn’t fit in a single volume, so it’s two thick zines.
Hey, I’m Luna Celeste. I’ve been stripping for about five years, and into all this anarchy stuff for about fifteen. C.B. Daring and I are working on a written anthology of radical sex work(er) perspectives, and this is the essay I wrote for it, pre-released in zine form. I’ll be speaking with some authority on my own experiences, and to some degree, on those of my co-workers and friends who perform other kinds of sex work. However, subjective experiences of sex work, and even just stripping, vary depending on one’s location, gender (identity/presentation), particular line of work, working conditions, socialization, class, race, etc. I am no authority on every aspect of the sex industry, but have spent a lot of my free time thinking, reading, and writing about the industry from an anarchist and feminist perspective.
Special thanks to C.B. Daring, Heather, and Margaret Killjoy for the edits, and to everyone else who gave me feedback.
Undressed & Ungovernable:
I was in a med study when the zombie outbreak began. That’s right, a master’s degree in philosophy and the only way I could come up with to pay rent was to sell my still-living body to capitalist science. I know, I know… in retrospect I should have studied something useful, like small engine repair.
Oh, and I wasn’t just in any med study when the zombie outbreak began, I was in the med study where it began. The researchers were testing some kind of acne medication, looking to see if there were any adverse side effects when it was used on healthy adults. There were. Thanks, capitalist society, for pretty much ending the world.
I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody’s right to beautiful, radiant things.
—Emma Goldman, 1931
An anarchist is someone who rejects the domination of one person or class of people over another. Anarchism is a very broad umbrella term for a group of political philosophies that are based on the idea that we can live as anarchists. We anarchists want a world without nations, governments, capitalism, racism, sexism, homophobia… without any of the numerous, intersecting systems of domination the world bears the weight of today.
There is no single perfect expression of anarchism, because anarchism is a network of ideas instead of a single dogmatic philosophy. And we quite prefer it that way.
By Margaret Killjoy. The photographic explorations of the life of a wanderer. This issue fills the gaps of previous books, including wandering in a post-apocalyptic desert, squats and demonstrations across europe, and hopping freight trains across the US. 180 pages, 215 full-color photographs.
In 2009, the US government stole this book from us. They took every remaining print copy and all the original files and their backups. So we scanned a copy and put it back into print. This book explores “folk anarchy,” a loose collection of anarchist movements that have moved beyond the dinosaurs of leftism.