Fab Feminist Of The Month: Jennifer MacMartin
What inspired you to join Fab Feminist?
After being introduced to the world of feminism via the internet, I felt at a loss of how to make a more direct impact, and connect with other feminists around me – the call for submissions came at a perfect time for me; I couldn’t believe it! Around the same time, I started working as an intern for an independent, progressive radio station in Los Angeles. It all felt right to me. I am so happy to be a part of this incredible team, and it is so fun to watch the zine grow!
What is the best advice you’ve been given to date?
I feel very lucky to remember the exact time and place of when I received my best bit of advice – I think it will stick with me forever. It was so important. I used to tutor for this home-schooled teenager, for several years. I was pretty close with his parents and him, since I spent about 6 hours a week at their house, for almost four years. During this time, I went on a trip to Iceland with my boyfriend for a week. After apologizing to the dad about being gone for a week, saying that the timing wasn’t great, he told me, “You can never wait for the ‘perfect time’ to do something. The ‘perfect time’ will never come. You just have to do it, and work with what comes after.” He then told me about a year-long road trip with his family, and although so many things went wrong during their trip, he doesn’t regret it one bit – those things would have happened at any interval of time. The trip was worth a lifetime.
Do you have any pets? Can we have pictures? We like pets.
No, but the university I attend has a really strong agriculture program. So a lot of the time the campus smells like cow shit, but it’s okay because sometimes there are goats you can pet.
What are you up to these days? In school, working, traveling?
I am a busy bee! I am currently studying sociology, with a minor in women’s and gender studies, at Cal Poly SLO. Alongside that, I am on the editorial board of an undergraduate feminist journal, and the secretary of a feminist activist club on campus! I am having the time of my life, in the most beautiful city of San Luis Obispo, living with my boyfriend, surrounded by fabulously feminist babes! In terms of work, I am a server at a restaurant; my tips go toward my necessities, like rent, bills, food, tuition, and donations to Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Don’t forget to tip your server! 😉
Are you working on any cool projects at the moment?
I sure am! My campus (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – or just Cal Poly SLO!) is hosting an undergraduate feminist and queer studies journal, called Sprinkle! I am on the editorial board this year, and we are currently accepting rolling submissions until March 18th, 2016. Read about our previous volumes here to get an idea of what we do, and if you’re interested in submitting a piece, please send it to email@example.com! 🙂 Remember, for those of you still completing your undergraduate degree, this is a great addition to your resume!
Also on campus, I am on the executive board of our activist feminist club and Women’s and Gender Studies Honor Society, Triota. It has been an absolute blast.
Do you have any interesting hobbies?
I have sort of become involved in needle felting lately! Basically, you take a bunch of colored wool, and poke it with a barbed needle for hours. It sounds super boring, and to be honest, it kind of is. In the best way possible. It’s incredibly therapeutic, and a great way to mindlessly, peacefully pass the time, while making art!
What’s a super strange secret you’ve been keeping?
This is actually super important to me and I don’t talk about it a lot. Truly. Not many know this about me. Although almost everyone knows avocados are my favorite thing on this planet (I even have a sticker of avocados on my car)… I am… slightly allergic. My mouth/lips get a little itchy every time I have avocados. And yet, I persevere. I can’t abandon the greatest food of all time. I endure it all. For avocados.
Who should play you in a feature film about your life?
In my dreams, Cara Delevingne or Aubrey Plaza.
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
So most of the time I deny existence of guilty pleasures. Love what you love! Don’t be ashamed! Be unabashedly enthusiastic about everything! But I definitely spend far too much time on Neko Astume and I’m fairly certain it’s borderline unhealthy. I love those damn cats.
Only Skin, by Joanna Newsom. It is a 17-minute experience. Joanna Newsom is the greatest artist ever and Only Skin is her masterpiece. So it’s a big deal. You must listen, it’ll change your life.
Articles By Jennifer:
- #SLOSOLIDARITY: “NO PLACE FOR HATE”
- F*CK FREUD!
- FABART – PERFORMER REMAINS MOTIONLESS: YOKO ONO’S CUT PIECE
- TOP 5 MISCONSTRUED FEMINIST BUZZWORDS
Jennifer MacMartin is a student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, pursuing a degree in sociology with a minor in women and gender studies. Keep up with her here.