Zine Review: Black Women & Self Care

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Black Women & Self Care: Thoughts on Mental Health, Oppression & Healing 
PerzineNaomi Moyer, 21 pgs, etsy.com/ca/shop/elastiquedesigns, $5.25

Mental health in the Black community is not often properly dealt with, especially in regards to women. We are often expected to assume the role of  “strong black woman” without allowing ourselves even a moment to be weak. That is why I was so excited to read this zine by Naomi Moyer. Moyer is an artist that I have been following for awhile (she also produces the amazing series Afrocentric Postcards, which you can buy along with this zine in the Etsy shop listed above.) Black Women & Self Care: Thoughts on Mental Health, Oppression and Healing is a self-help guide that tackles four aspects of black women’s mental health (Anger, Depression, P.T.S.D, and Dealing with White Supremacy) and offers a holistic approach on how to address and work through these issues.

I found that the article on Surviving White Supremacy to be the most interesting. I did not previously think of White Supremacy as a mental health issue, but Moyer explains: “As black women, we experience side effects of white supremacy and patriarchy on a daily basis through racism, discrimination and misogyny. Dealing with folks who are sexist, transphobic, homophobic, racist or folks who benefit from and sustain white supremacy can be draining.” This is a daily reality for myself, and often I struggle to find the words on how to express this or how to effectively deal with it. Moyer suggests we know our space zones, address these issues in the moment, identify the problem, and set daily reminders of positive things in our lives. She’s provided an effective start for the self-care process.

Moyer opens a space for discussion and healing through her zine. She ends with an amazing section called DIY for the Soul where she leaves practical remedies that you can create and use to help women get through these rough moments. Moyer summons and provides black girl magic throughout these pages in such a radical amazing way. I think the most important message this zine reiterates is be kind, be gentle and take care of yourself. Thank you, Naomi Moyer, for this amazing reminder. (Naomi B.)

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