Greenzine's Cristy Road
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Cristy spouts on feminism, Cuba, the Bush administration, and her long running publication Greenzine.
You started Greenzine pretty early on in your life. What inspired you to write and speak out?
Basically, being involved in a subculture where people were publishing and performing independent projects enabled me to be involved. For a while before I turned sixteen, I wrote often about music, my favorite bands, punk rock politics, i did a lot of interviews and a lot of humor-based art and record/band rhetoric. I used to drop the F-bomb and talk smack about my high school like a mad-woman. Ultimately, It was my method of contribution. Although as time went by, I came to realize that the punk subculture wasn't the only aspect of my life that introduced me to my personal belief system—All in all, our subculture doesn't make us entirely who we are. So I started writing a lot about things that mattered to me in a loose and informal context, although being part of a subculture always made its way into my dialogue—for inevitable reasons. So ultimately—a lot has effected my motivation to create my zine. Right now, it's all short stories with undertones touching on social politics, human emotions, and sometimes I try to be funny.
How has Greenzine changed as you've grown over the years?
It's been a reflection of myself, and a 15 year old girl is very different from a 23 year old woman. I think I was a funnier adolescent, and I sometimes envy my past—My stories have developed into more serious contexts, which goes along with how I see the world. I think humor is definitely intact in how I am as a person, socially—but in my art and writing, I try to reflect on human emotion and how it relates to surroundings (joy, oppression, transition). I think I try kind of hard to accent my stories with the humor that I bombarded Greenzine with in its early stages—in order to result in an honest package. Also—I don't write about bands anymore. I actually don't even mention their names anymore, unless if it's to intentionally plug them in. I'm kind of an asshole about it, its really funny.
What's your reaction to Bush's policies on reproductive rights? In general, how are women being discriminated against by this administration?
I'm hella passionate about choice—I think that question can be answered in both broad and miniscule terms and still convey the same response—Bush is totally fucked. The administration is covering their institutionalized misogyny with a thin sheet of patriotism. That patriotism is allowing many naive americans to feel safe, and its disgusting how many people can't see through it. I never really thought I would live to see the day that I, as a woman, would be rallying against the chance of having to succumb to illegal life-threatening abortions. People validate their anti-choice sentiments by identifying an unborn fetus as a human life-form, as well as identifying abortion as an easyily accessible contraceptive for "irresponsible women"—And people can't get much worse. It's evident that an unborn fetus is often the product of rape or abuse, and often can provide a woman with dramatic health risks. And the struggle to attain accessible class-conscious abortions is something I'm daily willing to fight for—that's why Bush totally has to go. And for the record, the stupid fucking babies on the goddamn pro-life trucks are 3rd trimester abortion babies. If they would stop using false advertising and photograph the most common abortions, the stupid trucks would have a picture on them that kind of resembles a menstrual blood clot. For real.
Homosexuals are another popular Bush target. Are you in favor of gay marriage?
Yeah, totally. I do
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