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Online Zines: Women of Color are Yelling Across the Digital Divide

Added: (Fri Sep 29 2000)

Pressbox (Press Release) - San Francisco, CA -- June 2000 With all of the women-centered web sites that are popping up all over the web, there's one site that has tapped into something more powerful than the latest lipstick or your daily horoscope. It's aptly named M A C H E T E...cutting edge and...ouch!...slicing.

"Women-of-color have always been pushed into neat, little, easily managed packages where their voices are filtered through someone else's voice," remarks self-described "zineditor" Adrienne Anderson. "With 'MACHETE', the zines produced by a lot of the women don't leave much room for wiggling out of situations or for softening subject matter!" Adrienne has worked at bridging the "digital divide" through her career with nonprofits and programs focusing on technology-access and empowerment. She took up web-design as a necessity, not as a hobby.

"When I went looking for the sites that reflected the smart, edgey, witty women that I knew, I couldn't find them! Everything was so garbled that it looked like one big banner ad!" Adrienne soon found her niche. A few of the gems were scattered throughout the web, but their was no glue, no meeting point to feature all of these gems in one convenient location. Then "MACHETE" was born. Almost every woman-of-color can find an online zine about their concerns. Asian, Latino, African Ameriecan, South Indian, and other women can laugh at the humor, cry at the pain, and participate in the sisterhood of each other through some of the zines represented at "MACHETE".

Starting with only five web-sites and some free space on iVillage's web-servers, "MACHETE" has now grown to over twenty sites, not counting the number of additional links those sites provide. "MACHETE"'s eclectic cast of zines include punk rant zines by Asian women, political commentary by "third world women", and a host of others. She's also added freelance writers who are covering topics like "Dreadlock Beauticians", "Video Images of African Ameriecan Women", commentary on such "real life" shows as "The Real World" and "Road Rules", as well as other entries. She's also gotten support from the other side of the country through "Scene" magazine editor, Vonetta Booker.

"'MACHETE''s phenomenal! I knew that it was needed, but I didn't know how *much* it was needed," beams Adrienne. Now that the word is out, "MACHETE" has no choice but to cut through the jungle and set a clearing where women-of-color can be heard...!


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