Welcome to the inaugural issue of Pastie Politics, a zine/trade journal about burlesque and feminism in New Zealand.
It might seem at first glance to be contradictory to connect feminism with a field that frequently involves taking your clothes off. For many performers though, burlesque is a way to creatively express some aspects of our feminism. This publication does not try to insist that burlesque by its nature is a feminist art form, but to instead suggest that there are ways in which performers create and perform that can make it feminist.
This publication aims to contribute positively to the development of the New Zealand burlesque community by showcasing writing and artwork created by New Zealand performers on the theme of burlesque and feminism/gender in New Zealand. Pastie Politics is inclusive of all genders and is designed to cater to the current community of burlesque performers, our neo-vaudevillians and Artists of the Striptease.