you asked, we answered: welcome to the missing pages anonymous submissions box.
we decided to name this space (which will soon turn into a blog) after the pages of our stories that have gone missing for various reasons: for some of us, our missing pages represent the parts of our stories we have been told to tear out & tuck away because they weren’t written “by the book.” for some of us, we keep our pages intact, but we skip over them when telling our life story because we are ashamed to re-read them ourselves. & for some of us, our pages are missing because we are still mustering the courage to write them.
thank you for giving us the courage to create this much needed space. after a couple weeks of submissions, we will create a missing pages blog where we will post these narratives regularly. from there, we will devote a segment of our Dearborn Girl podcast (called “The Safe Secret Series”) to some of these Missing Pages. If you would like your post to be aired out & discussed during this segment, be sure to indicate that in the form below.
here are a few terms & conditions that you will need to be aware of before sharing your story. please read them carefully, as any deviation from these terms may disqualify your narrative from the blog:
please keep your story free of anyone’s names. if you would like to self-identify, feel free, but please do not use any other names in your narrative. we want this space to be freeing for you, but not at the expense of anyone else’s well being or privacy.
submissions are open to women from the arab &/or muslim community in dearborn. if you do not belong to these identities, you are more than welcome to engage with us by reading, reposting, re-sharing, responding. please support the space we are creating by respecting these terms.
keep posts pg-13. we recognize that many adolescents will be engaging with this space, so monitor your language and the explicit nature of content. do share your truth as you see fit, but tailor it to be accessible & inclusive to your 14-year old cousin.
this is an “ism” free space. any posts that perpetuate or are complicit in harmful forces such as racism, homophobia, islamophobia, ageism, etc. will not be published. more implicit examples of this are comments like “I took off the hijab because it was oppressive” (islamophobic), “I feel unsafe when I go to Detroit” (racist), or “I have a super strong gay-dar” (homophobic). please be mindful of other members of our community, as well as other marginalized communities as you share your stories.
your story is yours to tell, however you want to tell it. be creative. be yourself. write us a short story. craft a poem. send in a spoken word piece. draw an illustration or comic. your page is yours to fill - do it on your terms.
editors will always do what is best for our platform. we do not believe in silencing any voices. we are 100% committed to this being an inclusive space for all women in our community. with that being said, we ask that you trust our decision making in publishing these posts. since the anonymity will not enable us to contact you directly, we will do our best to communicate transparently through our social mediums should we need to address any general patterns to stay aware of.
lastly, as you can see, this box does not ask for any identifiers; it is entirely anonymous to ensure that your secrets are safe with us.
a Dearborn Girl