bluestockings magazine is an intersectional*, anti-oppressive publication.
bluestockings commits to centering voices of people from marginalized and historically resilient communities, across multiple axes of oppressed identity. Some of these axes we intend to explore include:
color, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, immigration status, indigeneity, mental and physical (dis)ability, gender identity, sexuality, socio-economic status, substance use, status of incarceration, experience of violence and trauma, and other identities not listed here.
We understand that we invisibilize certain identities simply by not listing them here.
We welcome your feedback addressing other identities that we haven’t included.
As an intersectional, anti-oppressive publication, we have an obligation to center and celebrate these voices. In the process we take part in building towards a future in which these communities will be uplifted.
In the past bluestockings labeled itself as an intersectional feminist publication. However, we know there are multiple feminisms, many of which do not align with bluestockings current vision and staff composition. Therefore, we feel that at this moment for us as a publication and community, it makes more sense not to confine ourselves to the term “feminism.” Our current staff has decided to consciously remove the term “feminist” from our mission statement. We feel that it is more important for us to instead center anti-oppressive frameworks that work specifically towards liberation for marginalized communities in our content and publishing.
*We build upon the legacy of Kimberle Crenshaw, who coined the term “intersectionality” to address the multiple burdens experienced by people living on the intersections. Specifically, Crenshaw analyzed the ways in which feminist discourses and antiracist politics marginalize Black women, who exist, at least, within a marginal gender identity and a marginal racial identity (“Demarginalizing the Intersection”: 383).
Established in 2012 at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, bluestockings is a publication that challenges dominant media narratives by centering communities systematically excluded from those discourses. At the same time, we acknowledge the privileges that our proximity to an Ivy League corporation affords us. However, we welcome and encourage content from contributors unaffiliated with Brown. We believe that displacing authority from the site of the university is an integral part of bluestockings’ mission.
We accept work from every genre and medium, and will prioritize work from people of color with intersectional identities. We welcome work from first-time contributors, including high schoolers! Explore and engage with the content on our site, including our zines, mixtapes, art, and print publications, before submitting. We do not accept pieces that perpetuate racism, colonialism, ableism, transmisogyny, and so on.
Note: Revised March ‘16