Call for Articles: Communities #183: Sexual Politics
From: Communities Editor (
Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2018 14:03:02 -0800 (PST)

/Communities/magazine is now seeking articles for issue #183, *"Sexual Politics."*The issue will be out in June 2019.

Please send your article idea to editor [at] by *Friday, December21, 2018*.

Your final article must reach us by *Friday, February 15, 2019*.

1. Theme articles:*Sexual Politics*

Please share your experiences, stories, and perspectives on any (or any combination) of the following questions/topics:

 * How has the #MeToo movement impacted your community? Has it led to
   any changes, or is the wider world just catching up to your own
   community culture?
 * Does your community have any history of dealing with sexual assault
   or harassment?
 * Do people in your community feel comfortable discussing issues
   ofempowerment/disempowerment, gender-related discrimination, etc.?
   Is your community a level playing field for all?
 * How have youdealt withaccusations of sexual misconduct within your
 * What is your community's attitude toward sexual attraction and how
   it can be expressed?
 * Is overt sexual objectification common, and/or acceptable, in your
 * What power dynamics are at play within your community, particularly
   in relation to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and
   sexual expression/activity?
 * Have you witnessed any patterns of perceived (and/or undeniable)
   sexual predation, or uncomfortable sexual aggressiveness, in your
 * What are the dynamics between established residents and prospective
   or new residents in your community? Do you have guidelines
   acknowledging power imbalances related to tenure, and advising
   against entering into sexual relationships when first joining your
 * What are the sexual dynamics between older and younger people in
   your community? To what degree are age, and age difference,
   important in your group when considering what kinds of relationships
   are acceptable and whatare not?
 * Have you formed support groups for people in different categories
   (defined by gender identity, sexual orientation, etc.) tohelp
   members navigate through challenges? What mutual support is available?
 * How do you juggle questions of inclusiveness and exclusivity/safety
   when discussing sexual politics within your community?
 * Between people from different subgroups (related to genderidentity,
   sexual orientation, etc.), how do you maintain the balance between
   "bridging" and "boundaries"?
 * How do individuals' cultural backgrounds factor into your
   discussions of sexual politics? Regardless of background, how much
   diversity in /current/ attitudes/behavior is acceptable in this area?
 * What is your community's attitude toward monogamy, polyamoryand/or
   other varieties of ethical non-monogamy, and other relationship
   forms? Which form(s) does your group practice? How does your group's
   relationship orientationinfluence the sexual politics within your
 * To what (if any) degree isyour group comfortable with nudity, public
   displays of affection, public sexual expression?
 * How openly is sex talked about? To what degree are group members
   free to engage in direct discussions/negotiations related to sex,
   either in a public or a private sphere--and when is this
   consideredboundary-crossing? What distinguishes acceptable from
 * How important is consent in your group? How do you define it? How do
   you weigh its value compared to "freedom of expression"? How
   empowered dogroup members feel to say "no"to unwanted sexual
   advances or attention?
 * How much have you examined the questions above, or questions like
   them, in your group? Has your group evolved--or have you evolved
   individually--as a result of those discussions?
 * What guidelines, agreements, structures, or practices has your group
   developed in relation to any of the above?

Please remember that we are looking for stories, personal experiences, and concrete examples in your responses—these are what will make ideas and observations most "real" and relevant to readers.

[Please forward this email to anyone you think has a good story on this theme for /Communities/.]

2. We are also seeking articles about:


   Creating community in your neighborhood;


   Starting a new community;


   Process and communication issues in community;


   Social justice issues in community; and


   Seeking community to join.

Suggested submission length is from 300 to 2500 words. We invite submissions ranging from short vignettes to extensively-developed articles, and also invite suggestions of recommended resources and article leads. We're seeking articles written in a reader-friendly, popular-magazine style, rather than in an academic style. We ask contributors to share stories and experiences, not just ideas; write about challenges, not just successes; and describe specific situations that will help your story come alive for the reader. Before you start writing, please or contact us for our full Writers' Guidelines--and let us know your article idea so that we can give feedback on how it may fit into /Communities/.Contact Chris Roth at editor [at] <mailto:editor [at]>.

If you don’t want to write an article but want to submit photos, please check or contact Yulia Zarubina at layout [at] <mailto:layout [at]> for our Photo Guidelines.

*I. What "Submitting an Article"**Means.*We will promise to read your article, but we may respectfully decline it and not publish it, or save it and publish it in a future issue. We also reserve the right to edit, shorten, or revise your article. Most of the time we contact authors about this ahead of time and get their comments, corrections, etc.

*II. Getting Permission Ahead of Time.*Please send the article only when you have permission from anyone you need it from, such as fellow community members. We endeavor to present a diversity of views on community, including controversial or critical views, in a respectful and cooperative manner. If your article may generate controversy or strong reactions, or if the group(s) would want the chance to review it, please share your draft with group members to get their input before sending it to us. (Please see our Writers' Guidelines for additional details.)

*III. Publication Rights.*Once your article appears in /Communities/, we own first North American Publishing Rights. This means your article appears in /Communities/the first time it appears in North America. In addition to appearing in /Communities/, your article may also appear on our website or in future compilations. You retain all other rights to it. If you'd like to use it elsewhere, you can, and we would appreciate your using an attribution line saying, "This article first appeared in /Communities: Life in Cooperative Culture/, (date); for further information on /Communities/:"

*IV. Photos.*If we publish your article, we want to accompany it with compelling images that illustrate your subject. You know your subject best, so we are appealing to you for images. If others in your community or group like taking pictures, they might already have great images to go with your article. If you would like to submit an article but cannot supply photos, that's fine; however, please give us plenty of advance notice so that if we use your article we can get an illustrator. Please check to-communities-magazine or email us for our full Photo Guidelines. We also appreciate an author photo to accompany your short (several-line) author bio.

Thanks for your contributions!

Chris Roth
Editor, /Communities/
editor [at]

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