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Disturbing Submissions Trend

Due to the abundance of problematic submissions of this variety, we have added the following language to our submissions guidelines:

We do not accept stories depicting gender-based violence, or any form of abuse of women, girls or children. We do not publish any stories depicting rape in any form. We do not publish any stories in which women/girls/children are physically/sexually/verbally abused, made into sex slaves, or held captive for sexual purposes. Though it takes great strength to leave an abusive situation, surviving/escaping abuse is not the only sort of strength a woman can possess.

I am still deciding whether to write a longer blog post on this problem and if so, how to frame it.

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supermouse
Oct. 12th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
...

:0(
kuangning
Oct. 12th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
Ouch.
sinauthor
Oct. 12th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
You're getting that many? Yeesh. My women don't have to be kidnapped before they can kick ass ; )
spacehawk
Oct. 13th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Yes, we were getting that many. Sometimes under the heading of "strong women stories."

I want to blog about this, but I'm not sure how to yet.
vane_nt
Oct. 13th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
I'm looking forward to the longer post (in case you actually write it, which I hope you'll do). People need to understand that there are many other ways to develop stories about women. This collective obsession with sexual abuse is disturbing, to say the least.
spacehawk
Oct. 13th, 2009 04:57 am (UTC)
You gave me an idea- maybe I will focus the post on "Writing Strong Women Characters" instead of focusing it on what we're getting in submissions.

I really would like to see someone take apart the psychology of this mess and why people think this stuff is OK to write and submit to publications like this one.
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