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.
Pastie Politics provides a forum for the voices of New Zealand performers, to discuss issues affecting the burlesque community, and provide a record of the thinking underpinning some current burlesque practice in New Zealand at this point in time.
The goal of Pastie Politics is also to provide insight to non-performers regarding what burlesque is about and what makes it culturally significant, and to encourage performers to think critically about their burlesque practice and how it relates to society and their day-to-day experience. Future issues may also include contributions from international performers.
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Amourous Ava is an Auckland-based burlesque performer and the creator of Pastie Politics. She has been performing since 2011 and is known predominately for romping around enthusiastically in her underpants as characters inspired by B-Grade horror movies, as well as being occasionally, if not always completely intentionally, hilarious.
Known as ‘The Fastest Ass in the West’, Amourous Ava has an abiding and equal fondness for both political subtext and vigorous booty shaking. She is quite a perverse creature and enjoys challenging peoples expectations of what a scantily-clad woman should do in public.
When she’s not writing for, designing and publishing zines on burlesque and feminism in New Zealand, Amourous Ava performs throughout New Zealand and internationally. She enjoys being a small business owner, a creative professional, a feminist and a burlesque performer, and she hopes you enjoy this zine.