POP! goes The Vegan is a pop culture blog, written by vegans, for vegans. Well, scratch that. POP! is, at the time of this writing, a one-woman project. However, I hope to change this right quick!
Currently, I’m in search of fellow vegans to contribute guest posts to POP! goes The Vegan. Whether you’re interested in submitting a one-time guest post or participating in a more regular capacity, I’d love to hear from you.
Guidelines are rather loose, and include the following.
1. Your post must examine one (or more) of the following pop culture media: film, television, music, literature and/or theatre.
Film: full-length features, shorts, made-for-tv movies, straight-to-video productions, silent films, classics, new releases, documentaries, dramas, science fiction, action-adventure, comedy, biopics – everything but pornography.
Television: episodic series (either entire story arcs or individual episodes), miniseries, specials, canceled shows, contemporary series, broadcast or cable, documentaries, infotainment, satire, sitcoms – the only thing we don’t cover, again, is pornography, as well as recurring news shows and broadcasts. However, macro discussions of a show or host’s “animal-friendliness” are welcome.
Music: individual songs, entire albums, career-long artist catalogs, rock, country, alternative, swing, punk, classical, rockabilly, instrumental, you name it. If you can tie it to nonhuman animals, animal advocacy, environmental issues, and/or vegetarianism or veganism, it’s a legit point of discussion.
Literature: fiction, novels, novella, comics, graphic novels, poetry, short stories, scifi, fantasy, romance, children’s books, etc. As long as it’s fictional and not pornographic – and can be analyzed from a vegan perspective – it belongs on POP!
Theatre: plays, musicals, comedies, Shakespearean tragdies, dramatized/based on true story stories and farces, be they playing locally or touring nationally or immortalized on video.
2. The discussion must addresses animal advocacy issues in some way, shape or form.
While the potential topics are limitless, here are a few examples.
– Representations of vegans, vegetarians, and/or animal activists (including single-issue activists), whether these characters are given starring or background roles.
– Representations of nonhuman animals, nonhuman animal issues, and human/animal relationships.
– Plot lines involving “meat” consumption, vegetarian or vegan products or organizations, animal welfare or rights issues, etc.
– Stories featuring a strong environmental or “green” message.
– Narratives involving aliens, monsters, vampires, cyborgs, robots and other fictional creatures which could act as stand-ins for nonhuman animals (thus imparting a message about our relationships with nonhuman animals and the natural world).
These depictions need not be “animal-friendly”; negative critiques are just as important as are glowing reviews!
3. The examination can be as detailed and narrowly focused as you’d like to make it.
For example, you may choose to write about a particular episode in a long-running tv series; single out one character in a 500-page book for discussion; trace a story arc through the course of a six-movie franchise; or analyze an artist’s entire catalog of recordings. Macro or micro, it matters not.
While I don’t have any precise requirements as far as length goes, posts should be at least a few hundred words long. This should allow you enough space to adequately introduce and discuss your topic. There is no maximum word limit, but longer pieces may be split into several posts.
In other words, I’m looking for something more substantial than “The main character in Braceface is a vegetarian.” – but don’t feel as though you have to write a thesis, either. Instead of the Bechdel Test Movie List, think Films Put to the Bechdel Test. Of course, you can also take a look at some of the previously published posts to get a better idea of what I’m looking for.
4. The analysis should come from a vegan/anti-oppressive perspective.
Naturally, this assumes that you are a vegan and/or animal rights advocate, and will take an anti-speciesist stance in your commentary. Now, this doesn’t mean that I’m going to demand to stop by and purity-check your fridge – but I do expect guest bloggers to refrain from engaging in speciesism, in all its forms.
A more general anti-oppressive stance is necessary as well. This means no sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, ageism, sizeiem, ableism, colonialism, etc.
While human rights issues are not the primary focus of POP!, should you wish to mention representations of other marginalized groups – women, people of color, trans people, gays and lesbians, those with disabilities, etc. – we welcome these “digressions” as well. Doubly so if you can link these to animal rights issues in some way.
5. Your post need not be original.
Crossposting is fine. Whether it’s an older post that you’d like to share, or a new piece which you also plan on posting on your own blog, I don’t mind if you don’t. All I ask is that you own the copyright; no plagiarizing, mkay?
In fact, the first 40 or so posts on POP! – basically, everything published prior to the blog’s launch in January 2010 – were migrated from my main blog, easyVegan.info (hence the backdates). From here on out, I plan on publishing most of my pop culture posts solely at POP!, however, I expect the occasional crosspost.
6. The subject need not be original to POP!
If you see that your favorite television show, film, book, or musical artist has already been discussed on these here pages, fear not! As long as you can offer a fresh perspective or address a theme not already covered, we welcome multiple posts on the same pieces of pop culture.
Otherwise, please share your thoughts in the comment section on the appropriate post(s). Comments will remain open indefinitely.
If this suits your fancy, drop me a line at easyvegan -at- gmail -dot- com. If you already have a piece in mind, that’s cool; otherwise, please run your idea by me before going to the trouble of penning a new post. I cannot guarantee that I’ll publish every post I receive, and certainly not prior to reading and reviewing them.
What’s in it for you? Well, on each published post, I’ll provide a bio and link back to your website or blog as desired. Should you become a regular guest blogger, you’ll score a shiny bio on the Contributors page. Plus, there’s that fuzzy wuzzy feeling you get from being part of this special project. Oh, and popcorn! All the imaginary vegan popcorn you can stuff in your veghole.
Eventually, I hope to bring a few co-bloggers on board. However, this is still a loooong way off. For the time being, I’d like to concentrate on guest posts, so send ’em if you got ’em. If I like your stuff, perhaps I’ll ask you to move in with me. On my blog, I mean!
Last updated 2/23/10