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Dear Reader, How do you take care of yourself in a world that tells you not to? How do you heal after trauma, revitalize yourself, and fight back? To answer these questions for ourselves, we wrote poems, we cooked recipes, we told stories, and we listened to each other. What we found through this process was that there is not just one way to heal. What we created is the community-sourced self-care zine you are holding now. Self-care is not lazy. Self-care is not passive. Self-care is not selfish. As Audre Lorde said, self-care “is selfpreservation and that is an act of political warfare.” It is claiming eight hours of sleep every night in a university setting that thrives on stress culture. It is prioritizing radical love and relationships in a space that pits us against each other. It is demanding agency in your healing process despite others’ attempts to trivialize your pain. We are expressing radical politics when we take care of ourselves. There is power in this. We hope this zine helps you find that power. With love and in solidarity, T H E S I R E N S C H E M E T EAM Amanda Kubic, Callie Wallace, Lisa Dzera & Liv Linn

uncsiren.com THE SIREN, SPRING 2016

UNC Siren Zine 2016: Self Care  

How do you take care of yourself in a world that tells you not to? How do you heal after trauma, revitalize yourself, and fight back? To a...

UNC Siren Zine 2016: Self Care  

How do you take care of yourself in a world that tells you not to? How do you heal after trauma, revitalize yourself, and fight back? To a...

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