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Why do you use pseudonyms?
We value anonymity. This allows us the freedom to express ourselves and the freedom to be wrong.
Anonymity does not release us from personal responsibility.
Do I have to be a woman to join your community?
Nope! We are open to everyone.
How can I submit to Subterfuge?
What kind of submissions are you looking for?
What We’re Looking For
Writing by women, about the nitty gritty of being a woman, relationships, and sex.
We define ‘women’ as anyone who identifies as female, or is questioning.Our target audience is young women between the ages of 18 and 35. We may accept material from outside this age range, especially if it relates to women in that age range.
We want to hear from virgins and madonnas, the promiscuous and the celibate, homos and heteros, breeders and the barren, social climbers and rat racers, the lost and the found, the seeking and the sought.
Types of Content
- Experiences, from all across the spectrum. Any and all variables, particularly religion and socioeconomic variance. Be as explicit or demure as you like. Was it good? Was it not? Are you not sure? What about next time?
- Opinion, analysis, etc.
- Current topics and news.
- Erotica and other forms of creative writing.
- Discussion of the term feminism and what you think it means.
- If you’re really feeling it, a good old rant.
What We’re Not Looking For
- Your manifesto calling for the end of the patriarchy and a return to goddess-worship.
- Hardcore erotica-cum-porn that pushes the boundaries of legality. (Be explicit, be bold… don’t get anyone in trouble.)
- Bragging about your wild escapades. Your point is?
- Denigrating other women for their choices–or mistakes. Or if you must, have a damn good reason and be ready to face the ensuing debate.
Remember to be honest. Your human struggles are extraordinary in and of themselves.
You seem to have a really liberal bent around here. Are you serious about wanting all opinions?
Hell yes, we are! Yes, f and d are very left-wing, but we didn’t start this thing to rail against the right. We have seen a hole in the conversation of women, all women, and we want to throw a rope across the chasm. Don’t assume we have no sympathy for those whose opinions differ from us. Send us your thoughts, and if it’s publish-worthy, we will publish it.
Does the writer have permission to expose this information?
Anonymity can hide a multitude of sins, but there's no guarantee you will be anonymous forever.
Consider the ramifications to personal relationships.
Consider legal implications.
The writer may decide they want to take the risk, but the questions need to be asked.
Could the persons appearing in this entry be recognized?
You always want to be careful about how much personal information you reveal. You aren't only protecting yourself--you have to protect the people around you.
Ask yourself if you've given any revealing details about the people you mention in your entries. It's tempting to write a descriptive profile, but you're better off only including relevant details.
Because we are anonymous, we may also change details to help obscure identities. Perhaps you were entranced by a pair of blue eyes. No one will know if you write that they were green or brown!
If you aren't sure about how much detail to give, be sure to ask your editor for input.
Can this statement be supported by evidence?
Be on the lookout for generalizations and opinions that are given as facts. Critics love to jump on these, and they will happily tell you that you are wrong. You may even offend people. So be careful with how you phrase things.
Editors may help you find the information you're looking for--though what they find might surprise you!
If you don't want to change your opinion, you should change the wording of your entry to show that this is your opinion.
REMEMBER: You can strengthen your argument by showing that you are aware of opposing views, and then explaining why you reject them.
Where can I find images for posting?
Flickr has a great database of images that may be used by others. They are our go-to for images.
To search the Creative Commons, used Flickr's Advanced Search tool. At the bottom of the page, check the Creative Commons box to only search images licensed for free usage. NOTE: Some CC licenses require you to attribute the image to its creator.
To search Flickr's database of public domain images, go to Flickr Public Domain.
Flickr also hosts historical images from museum and university databases, which may be cited in blog posts. To learn more about the project and search the pool, go to the Flickr Commons.
Do I need an image for my post?
Yes, you do. People are way more likely to click on a post with an image.
You'll be doing us a huge favor if you can make or find one for us, otherwise we'll do the hunting.
Make sure you/we have the rights to post all the images used in your post!
When in doubt, look for items in the public domain, or the Creative Commons.
Why is my avatar different now?
Did you change your email address?
Your icon is linked to your Gravatar account, which associates your email address with information you give to Gravatar.
Chances are, you need to create a new Gravatar account for this email address.
You can also associate multiple email addresses with one Gravatar account.
Those Gratuitous Man Pics are sexist! You’re reducing them to objects, you hypocrites!
We really, really like men. We are not ashamed of this. In fact, we want to celebrate it. (And, yes, we have girl crushes, too.)
I think you rejected my submission because of your personal biases!
Oops? This is another reason we want to invite more editors to join us. Should we run into this sort of situation, we will talk with you about it. We will outline our reasons for rejecting your piece, and we will include ways we thought it could be improved. Each dispute will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Meanwhile, do please nominate someone whose views align with yours to help us as an editor/curator.