Perzine, Hillary Di Menna, issue 1, misftmatriarch.com, $4
When’s the last time you asked a 20-something single parent their thoughts on co-sleeping and freecycled car seats? It’s been that long, huh? Hillary Di Menna knows this, so took the spirit of her blog Misfit Matriarch, and turned it into a zine. Di Menna has a lot to offer on topics related to single parenthood. Perhaps that’s what got the Durham Region journalist to expand on her blog. In “Bus Routes and Transportation Bouts,” Di Menna critiques the Durham Region Transit no-strollers-on-public-transit policy. She goes on to speculate why angry anti-stroller sentiment started up in the first place — “… with this ‘loser label’ hanging over bus riders’ heads, they may be grasping at straws trying to find someone they can deem lower than themselves.” It’s no biggie; Di Menna and daughter ride on. In the section entitled “SomeBody,” Di Menna rights the wrong perceptions women have toward one another; infants and expectant mothers included. Misfit Matriarch #1 also confronts kids’ TV, whiny dads and memories of Di Menna’s mom.
One fuss, however, is the zine name. There’s nothing misfit about the opinions of a 20-something single parent on things that matter. Then again, Di Menna probably knows this and is just waiting for the masses to catch on. Wait… there’s more! If you’re interested in lady heroes with “va va voom hair,” bending baby gender norms, and telling your neighbour to piss off memo-style, check out Misft Matriarch #2: Summer hissy fits for $3. The 48-paged zine features a progressive parent’s reading list and a centerfold of a pregnant Björk wearing ram horns. (Nicole Morales)