- MISSION STATEMENT
- WHO WE ARE
- WHAT WE BELIEVE
- WHAT WE DO
- BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- CAN TRANS WOMEN SUBMIT TO MONSTERING?
- WHAT DOES MONSTERING CONSIDER TO BE A "DISABILITY"?
- IS MONSTERING A RELIGIOUS PUBLICATION? IT APPEARS TO BE STEEPED IN SOME PRETTY RELIGIOUS IMAGERY AND LANGUAGE.
- CAN I SUBMIT WORK THAT DOESN'T DIRECTLY ADDRESS DISABILITY?
- MONSTERING SEEMS TO FOCUS ON OPPRESSION DEALING SOLELY WITH DISABILITY. CAN I SUBMIT WORK ON THE INTERSECTION OF DISABILITY AND OTHER SOCIAL ISSUES?
- MONSTERING'S MASTHEAD SEEMS TO BE PREDOMINANTLY WHITE. ARE YOU WORKING TO DIVERSIFY YOUR STAFF?
WHO WE ARE
Monstering is a magazine, written by and for disabled people who experience gender-based oppression. This includes women, non-binary, trans, gender non-conforming, agender, and gender-expansive people. Monstering is our space to celebrate our identities and reclaim our stories.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe in this: monster stories. Which is to say we believe in monsters, which is to say we believe in their socio-cultural manifestation: disabled people. In some stories, it is trauma that becomes the catalyst for monstering; in others, it is something natural, instinctive, welling from inside and raging forth. In all forms of the narrative, the monster becomes a symbol for that which is unknowable: the hungry, the grotesque, the terrifying and unlovely and strange. And so the myth perpetuates, giving form and voice to all things terrible and uncertain.
The heritage of the monster is one of oppression; the legacy of the monster is one of pain, of violence and cruelty and exile.
We believe in this: the power of the abnormal. The term "monster," derived from the Greek "τέρας" and the Latin "monstrum"—a sign, portent, or omen. In any case, monsters as a warning, heralding the arrival of the supernatural: revelation of the apocalypse; unveiling of the horrific, poetics and all. Blurring the boundaries between what is phantasmal and mundane, saying this: the divine is at hand.
We believe in this: the ritual of naming. Transgressing the depths of the labyrinth—the thick, oozing dark—and emerging a new creature: a confusion of angles and edges, sharp and bristling; a blistered, fearful body. The sacrilege of acceptance leads to a newfound, trembling grace.
We believe in this: choosing to be more than human; choosing to be something else.
We believe in this: reclamation. Singing the monster's body, in all its profane glory, through persecution and into righteousness. Respecting the awfulness of the foolish creature; honoring the softness of the animal's survival. Here, now, loving this: the heart of the monster, which is the heart of the legend, which is the heart of the god.
We believe in this: surviving, striving, and thriving, claws and teeth and all.
The telos of monstering is transcendence. The telos of monstering is the holy army of monsters.
written by our founder, Brianna Albers, 2016
WHAT WE DO
Monstering began as a literary magazine by a small team of disabled women and gender-diverse people with the intention of publishing art and writing by other disabled creators who experienced gender-based oppression. As we have grown in the past 5 years, Monstering has also published interviews, media reviews and social commentary. As we continue to diversify, Monstering now sells merchandise and will soon be found on Patreon, with exclusive content and ways of supporting our mission. We hope you'll join us for the ride.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kristen Tollan (acting)
Zara Munro (on hiatus)
DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Zara Munro (on hiatus)
DIRECTOR OF GRAPHIC DESIGN
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
CAN TRANS WOMEN SUBMIT TO MONSTERING?
WHAT DOES MONSTERING CONSIDER TO BE A "DISABILITY"?
We recognize the range of disabilities that women and gender-diverse people face, including—but not limited to—physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, mental illnesses, and chronic illnesses. If you are confused as to whether or not your experiences fall under our definition of disability, we encourage you to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IS MONSTERING A RELIGIOUS PUBLICATION? IT APPEARS TO BE STEEPED IN SOME PRETTY RELIGIOUS IMAGERY AND LANGUAGE.
No! We as a publication do not possess any affiliations—religious, political, or otherwise. We encourage people of all worldviews to contribute.
CAN I SUBMIT WORK THAT DOESN'T DIRECTLY ADDRESS DISABILITY?
Yes! We recognize that, in many cases, the lives of disabled women do not revolve around their disabilities.
MONSTERING SEEMS TO FOCUS ON OPPRESSION DEALING SOLELY WITH DISABILITY. CAN I SUBMIT WORK ON THE INTERSECTION OF DISABILITY AND OTHER SOCIAL ISSUES?
We recognize that disabled women and nonbinary people have their own unique struggles. Racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, religious intolerance, and other forms of oppression add to the complexity of the challenges that disabled women and nonbinary people already face. Thus, we encourage—and prefer—submissions that address the intersection of these issues.
MONSTERING'S MASTHEAD SEEMS TO BE PREDOMINANTLY WHITE. ARE YOU WORKING TO DIVERSIFY YOUR STAFF?
When our editor-in-chief first founded Monstering, she put out a call for people interested in helping her get a zine, or online magazine, up and running, welcoming anyone and everyone. Thus, everyone on the masthead is someone who expressed interest. However, now that Monstering has launched, we are actively looking for people who are LGBT+ and/or of color and/or from historically marginalized communities to join our team. Monstering is dedicated to upholding and uplifting diverse voices, and we intend to do everything we can to ensure that.