The Clandestine is named for every marginalised person that has been unwillingly sequestered to the private sphere. As highlighted by feminists from every wave, the public sphere has historically been inaccessible to women and those of marginalised gender. Much of the work of these individuals has been hidden, has been made illicit, or in some cases has even been burned. We write this publication for Frida Kahlo, for Audre Lorde, for Hatoon al-Fassi, for Marsha P. Johnson, for Virginia Woolf, for Sappho – for all those who fought for the right to exist in the public sphere and are only now finding their way into the mainstream. The Clandestine will be a platform to lift those who have been forced into secrecy, up into that which is public.
The Clandestine will run this next year upon a set of values decided upon by our staff.
First and foremost, this publication will be a place for civil discourse. We believe that in order to have fully-formed opinions one must both read and understand the ideas of those whom they disagree with. Thus, the opinions and ideas put forth in each publication do not reflect the views of The Clandestine, but the informed views of each individual author.
Our next value is that of intersectionality. To produce a complete and moving publication, we believe we must highlight diverse perspectives in all facets of The Clandestine. This publication was created with the goal of allowing women and those of marginalised gender to disagree with each other, to put forth diverse perspectives from a marginalised group that is so often homogenised.
A final value of The Clandestine is that of compassionate education. We strive to allow women and those of marginalised genders that choose to write for our publication to explore their ideas, their curiosities, and their societal concerns. While we will refuse to allow hate speech to have a place at The Clandestine, we are actively encouraging our contributors to explore controversial subjects. This entails that our publication will often lack a degree of agreeability, which should be true of any thoughtful publication. If in reading an article a reader disagrees with the thesis, said reader is encouraged to submit a piece to the blog in response. This response can be fiery and impassioned, but should not lack compassion in its’ arguments. The Clandestine will not be a platform that lifts up women on women hate, and will refuse to highlight personal attacks on a specific contributor or group. When writing a piece in opposition to another, it is integral to recall that each contributor comes from a diverse background and thus a different understanding of the subject matter at hand. We believe here if we educate each other kindly, we are more willing to change both our minds and the minds of others.
Photograph: Misty and Jimmy Paulette in a taxi, NYC by Nan Golding (1991), Source.