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April 24, 2017 / Charlie McNabb

Call for Participants: Nonbinary Gender Identity Online

I presented new research at the Western States Folklore Society annual meeting last weekend. I’ve been participating in several nonbinary-focused groups and pages on Facebook for the past year, and realized that there is some really interesting expressive culture going on within these communities. Focusing on one specific support group, I coded a dataset of 100 posts and discovered a high number of positivity posts, as well as emphasis on terminology, “trans enough” (feeling invalid or invisible), and style.

A pie chart showing content themes in a nonbinary support group: Positivity 15%, Terminology 14%, Trans Enough 13%, Sartorial Presentation 11%, Help 11%, Transition 9%, Dysphoria 9%, Humor 5%, Coming Out 5%, Inclusion 3%, Cis Nonsense 3%, Admin 2%.

I’m going to continue visual and textual analysis of these groups and pages, with the plan to turn my paper into an article. I’d also like to interview some nonbinary people to get a more nuanced analysis of individual nonbinary people and their experiences with community-building online. Anybody interested in participating, please email me at mcnabbarchives [at] gmail [dot] com.

April 11, 2017 / Charlie McNabb

New Zine Accessions

The Zine Collection has two new zines: Flappy Hands and Yikes!!!, both by Cody Sullivan.

Two zines, one titled "Flappy Hands" with illustrations of six smiling facing; the other titled "Yikes!!!" with bright glitch art.

Do visit if you’re ever in the Salem, Oregon area!

April 2, 2017 / Charlie McNabb

Bigfoot and Menstrual Lore Collections Accessions

The Bigfoot Collection has three new accessions: Chuck Tingle’s Bigfoot Tinglers, vols 1-3. Yes, cryptid erotica exists and is surprisingly popular. Read more…

March 18, 2017 / Charlie McNabb

New Steven McNabb Photo Accessions

I’ve received some of my father’s old fieldwork photos from my mother Marianne McNabb and some old family photos featuring my father from my aunt Christine Stoker-Polk, to add to the Steven McNabb Collection. Read more…

February 22, 2017 / Charlie McNabb

New Zine Accessions

The Zine Collection is growing!

Nine zines grouped together on a table.

Harm Reduction, Closets, Identity Shift, and Other by Robot Hugs

Ciel at Camp Fabulous and Nail Polish by Sophie Labelle

If I Had to Describe Gender Dysphoria and Embryonic Development by Wallace Crehan

The Non-Binary Coloring Book by Anastasio Wrobel

If you’re in or near the Salem, Oregon area, visit McNabb Archives to see these zines in person!

November 19, 2016 / Charlie McNabb

Euzine Fest Accessions

Last weekend I picked up some new zines from Euzine Fest in Eugene, Oregon, to be added to the Zine Collection.

Nine zines on a table. "We Drew the First 151 Pokemon From Memory" with a Pikachu; "Harassment Friends" with an armadillo, a crow, a weasel, and a rabbit; "Introvert" with an orange sketchbook and pens; "Teen Zine" with a sneering punk's face; "Bending Spoons" with four spoons getting progressively bent; "Spot the Moment" with a real twig tied on with yarn and a picture of a sun; and "The Hedge Witch" with a woman crushing something in a mortar and pestle, with two more zines fanned out beneath it.

Taylor Dow and friends’ adorable “We Drew the First 151 Pokemon From Memory,” Krista Gibbard‘s “Harassment Friends,” Erin Nations‘ “Introvert,” M. Sabine Rear‘s “Teen Zine” as well as her updated “Bending Spoons,” Alexandria Vickery‘s “Spot the Moment,” and Katie Wheeler‘s feminist fairytale trilogy “The Hedge Witch,” “The Swan Stars,” and “The Tiger’s Wife.”

If you’re in the Salem, Oregon area, come visit to see these and many others!

October 8, 2016 / Charlie McNabb

Bigfoot Collection Accessions

The Bigfoot Collection continues to grow. This week, I accessioned a new encyclopedia, a toy, a newspaper clipping, and a zine. Read more…