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"A Fable About Mice, Baked Goods, and Civil Rights"

Ever read the book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie?" It's a classic children's book, and while the illustrations are great we always thought the message was pretty cynical. This is our parody/riff on that story, using the familiar narrative to create an allegory about the gay rights movement, and civil rights movements in general. Ours is probably not best for children - maybe older children or read it with your children so you can help them understand it.

We based our story on a quote from the protests in Paris 1968, "With the eating, comes the hunger." The idea being that in any political struggle, the more you win, the more you fight. So if you give a gay mouse the right to get married, then it might challenge traditional marriage, gender norms, cause people to fight for healthcare and childcare, lead to immigration reform - basically open up a revolutionary can of worms. As we're in favor of opening up that can of worms, we made this zine to illustrate the idea.

Featuring Steve's adorable mouse drawings, this zine is 24 pages long. 8.5"x5.5" with color cardstock cover and black and white interior.

If you want more than one of this (or any) item, please send us a message and we will change the quantity.

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Celeste Christie
Steve Damewood

Frequently asked questions about a4ds

We make buttons and designs for left-wing causes at a special "political" rate. Please contact us if you are an organization and we'll discuss pricing and options.

Contact us for bulk pricing if you're interested in ordering more than 20 of any one item. We love doing orders for schools and organizations!
Due to the nature of our items, we don't generally gift wrap. If your purchase is a gift, let us know and we can include a note.
Our philosophy is to create art that is affordable for broke people like us. We use the small profit margins on our zines and buttons to subsidize projects and giveaways - we often give away zines or buttons in exchange for participation in one of our events.

We don't believe in copyright protection for the most part, so all of our work is fair use copyright, meaning if you want to use our text or images for anything that you're not going to then turn around and sell, by all means, go for it. We don't care if you scan a whole zine and put it on the web if that's your thing, as long as you're not making money off of it. But please if you do that, email us the link and credit our work!

If You Give a Gay Mouse a Cookie



  • Handmade item
  • Materials: paper, politics, art
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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