Monster Girl Party features feminist and body positive prints and zines by Paul Gonsalves.
+ Some of the Monster Girl Party work features the female body, and is, as such, NSFW +
I found Monster Girl Party when I was searching Instagram under the hashtag #FeministArt, and I've been obsessed with the work ever since. It's so clear, simplistic, unapologetic and direct; there's nothing coy or euphemistic about it. I appreciate Monster Girl Party's bold style and the fact that it dares to address things that are needlessly labeled "taboo topics" by mainstream society, like the normalcy of menstruation and female body hair.
You Know... Girl Shit... celebrates the normality and natural variation of the female body and its various processes. You're Right, Swipe Left is a mini zine offering commentary on the perils and triumphs of online dating. I have some experience in the murky realm of online dating, and I find the zine relatable and funny.
I reached out to Paul for comment on his work, and he said of the Monster Girl Party series,
"...The idea came from my belief that when a woman doesn't fit the mold of what society sees as feminine, she is seen as a monster; something not human. So, I decided to present the women in these zines as just that: hairy, scary Monster Girls, the most terrifying monsters of all: women that bleed, have hair, and demand respect."
I asked Paul what's next for his Monster Girls, and he told me that he's working on a more in-depth zine that he aims to have finished this October to feature in the Alternative Press Expo in California. He's also currently collaborating with Sea Witch Productions, be sure to look for Monster Girls in their upcoming zine!