In the 1960s, youth culture stood their ground and spoke up for their beliefs. From civil rights and gender equality to antiwar prospects, people made it clear that they protested anything that served as an injustice to society. The same mentality is embedded in Millenials and those in Generation Z; access to social media has given today’s youth a voice and platform that has resulted in widespread activism and a community passionate and ready for change. It is sparked by the increasing infringement on human rights, whether women, LGBTQ, people of color, or immigrants. The match has been ignited and the flame is yet to burn out
A specific platform, and publishing trend, is zines, shortened, non-profit magazines that uncover topics people are afraid to talk about in mainstream media, according to Rookie. This combined with a move towards social change creates a powerful and artistic platform. Simiah Maylor-Bailey is the editor-in-chief of a zine called #GirlGang: The Revolution Will be Televised ,a publication that exposes and educates readers on the aforementioned issues. It explores what it means to be a modern feminist and activists in a society where the minority is trying to repress individuality and empowerment. With informative articles, perspectives, and beautiful imagery, the zine is one to read.
What Simiah is doing distinguishes the fine line of what is said and what needs to be said. By this, it is hard to separate ones self from the commercialized feminism and the intersectional movement. Likewise it is hard for youth to stray away from the activism performed by celebrities because it is hard to distinguish whether it is authentic. The rising power of the zine and today’s youth is definitely a force to be reckoned with.