Write for The Border House!

The Border House is looking for writers! — We’re basically always looking for writers, but right now we’re trying to spread the word. If you’re interested in writing for a progressive, anti-oppression gaming and virtual worlds blog (or know someone who might be!), drop a line to editors at border house blog dot com. We don’t have post requirements or anything, and we are very flexible. If you have concerns, just email us!

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2 thoughts on “Write for The Border House!

  1. Is it possible to send posts to be reviewed or discussed first? I’m working on my street cred for anti-oppression stuff but I know I come from the privileged categories: white, male, hetero, educated… But this is a salient issue.

    I just read this http://newblackman.blogspot.com/2010/08/boondocks-carrying-on-tradition-of.html . And it sort of represents a lot of what I think. The Boondocks episodes I’ve seen are pretty funny. But not having a black education or experience means I don’t always know if something is appropriate. Having the history of satire within the black community illustrated allows me to make a better guess. Because let’s face it, we don’t want to rub oppression in the face of the disenfranchised, but among our peers we don’t mind using forms of stereotypes to create humor by situation or satire. And the best way to be peers across privilege/minority categories is to illuminate our perspective (provided we have established a certain interest and level of ethical insight to begin with). Right?

  2. Is it possible to send posts to be reviewed or discussed first?

    Certainly. We typically will put up a sample post under the Guest author account first, and then decide whether to ask the person to become a full contributor. But before that, we do try to work with authors on their posts, particularly if there is something unclear or problematic about the post. However if the post is problematic at it’s core, we are more likely to say, “No, thanks.” All three editors are super busy so we don’t really have the time to help people completely rework a post. But we do help revise as best we can.

    As to your question, I’m white so I can’t really offer a thorough opinion on the situation. But I think, in general, it is safe to say that being open about your perspective and being aware of/challenging your own biases is a good thing to do. Although when I’m in a space where I’m part of the privileged group, I find the best thing to do is just listen.

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