[personal profile] idothisallthetime posting in [community profile] theruinedsurpriseparty
The literary scene, like the rest of the world, has long been stifled by self-congratulating het/cis men.

We are The Ruined Surprise Party. We are the women, the queers, the dykes, the bois, the femmes, the trans*. We trample patriarchy with our stilettos and cry our makeup off in public.

We value honesty and vulnerability.
We celebrate living in the 21st Century.
We understand the strength in fragility.
We believe that queer and female voices are VOLCANIC.

Every human being lives a different truth.
We cannot allow our ideas and feelings to be constrained by masculine literary ideals.
Instead, we must accept that Good Art is any art that engages us - and that there is no “perfect” approach or technique.

Good Art can be a romance novel or fan art just as much as it can be a sonnet or a sculpture.
Good Art can be a teenage girl’s blog entry or a YouTube video or an interesting outfit.

We welcome anyone who identifies as female and/or LGBTQ. Allies are also welcome, but we will be the judge of who is and is not an ally. Membership is not moderated, but your posts and comments may be rejected or deleted if you display:

misogyny
racism
cissexism/transphobia
femmephobia
homophobia
ableism
body policing behaviour
classism
elitism
any behaviour we consider to be aggressive or upsetting/triggering

This includes usage of slurs, and “jokes” about subjects such as rape. Our space should remain as safe as possible.

For information about submission of work, click here.

We are the future of literature and art. We must take care not to damage that future. We must love and care for each other and ourselves, and take into consideration the needs and feelings of the entire group. If criticising each others’ work, we must be loving and respectful. If receiving criticism, we must both realise the value of the other’s opinion, and refuse to allow it to deter us from continuing to create, develop and improve.

EMBRACE IDIOSYNCRASY. EMBRACE INDIVIDUALITY. EMBRACE UNCONVENTIONAL WAYS OF CREATING AND THINKING AS WELL AS LOVING AND BEING.

Yours in Love and Rage,

The Ruined Surprise Party
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