Letter from the Editors

Dear Reader,

For over a year now, bluestockings has been dreaming of transforming our humble, WordPress blog into a website that could match the quality of the work we publish. The ability to highlight authors more prominently and allow users to navigate without as many clunky distractions were central to this vision. We hope to use this platform similarly to how we have in the past, and also to experiment with the uses, boundaries, and impacts of internet feminism.

This is our online gallery of work. Though we’re still not the glitziest out there, we’ve built nicer frames and installed some mood lighting.

We’ve also transferred to a new submissions manager. In the past, we’ve struggled with the volume of work sent to our e-mail account, so by taking this professional step we hope to establish better relationships with our writers, and to keep ourselves better organized. We’re accepting submissions on a rolling basis, so go ahead and submit your writing and/or art. We can’t wait to for it to blow our minds.

Look around! Have fun! And consider adding your voice to this ever-expanding project we call bluestockings.

In love and solidarity,
Chanelle Adams and Maru Pabón
Co-Editors-in-Chief

chanellemaru

1 Comment
  1. I am so far away from “partying” I could be called a prude, however I attended Sarah Lawrence College with a 70% LGBT population… so the issues you’re talking about are familiar ones even within an exceedingly supportive over all campus community. We had a keg-room for school dances that did student government fundraising as well as occasionally a dorm would host events the administration would look the other way about. They did this to extend us a certain amount of freedom and privacy and understanding for experimentation and not because they wanted to encourage date rape or assault or binge drinking… But the thing is…
    Excessive drinking lead to violence and date rapes. And suicide attempts. And addiction. And some people got kicked out of school. Heroine was introduced on campus and people overdosed and died. This wasn’t just at the LGBT funded events. This was the manner of college parties. The sobriety group we had was like a group of four kids. We were a small college but seriously, only four kids decided not to try some form of drug or alcohol. After I graduated, they had to crack down. They had to make new drug policies because there were too many problems.
    LGBT sexual expression is not the problem for your fundraising events regardless of taboo, prejudice, ignorance, or real homophobic attacks experienced by the LGBT community. The problem is drugs and alcohol. The loss of control and reason and sound decision making. Obviously alcohol is used to help people feel open to the newness and awkwardness of personal identity and social belonging, but it’s false a courage. A false introduction. And although it can be fun to let loose… fun requires limitation or it becomes sickness.
    Rape culture is a problem in the systemic patriarchal sense too of course… and homophobia is part of rape culture and objectifying and dehumanizing so language and laws need to change so that full rights as citizens are recognized and gained to remove victim blaming and shame as well…
    You’ve done the right thing stopping the event. Talking about the violence and zero tolerance for unsafe events will help everybody decide how to go forward. You all should decide how to go forward and not disband forever. But do so with self love. Drinking until one has to go to the emergency room is not self love.
    LGBT people suffer a lot of self loathing as society helps train and condition responses… so addiction can run high in our people. It’s part of growing up… and it sucks. But you’re beautiful. So fight for the glitter and consider moderation and or sobriety.

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