A pioneer of the genre, especially when it comes to mamazines, China Martens started The Future Generation in 1990. She was a young anarchist punk rock mother who didn't feel that the mamas in her community had enough support, so she began delivering articles on radical parenting to her companeras in an age before the Internet made such a thing easy.
Now, for the first time, 16 years of her zine and parenting writing life come together. This zine-book uses individual issues as chapters, focuses on personal writing, and retains the character of a zine that changed over the years - growing from her daughter's birth to teenagehood and beyond. Personal and political; ideas and actions; the intimacy of a zine meets the arching reach of a book.
This primer on compassionate anti-authoritarian parenting really is crafted to make you think about how you should deal with children and respect them as human beings. Rooted in an underground publishing tradition, this zine-book gives voice to an underrepresented and much needed point of view, especially relevant to the countercultural community, but interesting for everyone - parents, kids, friends, and others!
'The original punk parent zine.' - Ariel Gore, Hip Mama
'The Future Generation is one of the most committed, radical and inspiring zines ever produced, anywhere.' - Jeff Bagato, Mole magazine
'What I've always loved about her zine is that it goes beyond just parenting. She really makes an effort to fit parenting into the greater context of the world.' - Sean Stewart, The NewPages Zine Rack
'Search no further than here for enlightenment. When China Doll Martens, genius, chronicler of truth, zine guru of heaven and earth tells us that here is one mother who will not twist herself or her child to society's slavery, but instead will make another world and welcome us to it, we say yes, yes, it is possible, it is possible, it is! -Katherine Arnoldi, The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom and All Things Are Labor