What do we believe?
Inthefray.com is an online magazine devoted to understanding, reporting
on, and acting upon issues of identity and community. Inthefray is
about individuality--who we are, how we differ, what we have in common.
It is about relationship--bridging those identities through education
and personal connection. It is about action--uniting people of diverse
backgrounds to work toward causes and ideas greater than themselves.
We believe that true unity starts from open dialogue and a belief
in fair-mindedness, acceptance, and curiosity. The tolerance that
is at the core of the magazine is not a morally lax, "anything goes"
attitude. Rather, it is a discerning acceptance that holds as its
highest value the worth of human life and endeavor and understands
that this principle can be upheld only by combating ignorance and
division, and by supporting free thought and expression.
We will not hold ourselves to any political standard in the sense
of left or right, liberal or conservative. We are a magazine for everyone.
Everyone must grapple with identity--whether in their own lives, or
in their dealings with other people.
Today, large numbers of the world's population are interacting across
great distances. Individuals are in daily contact with people of different
backgrounds, whether in their workplaces or neighborhoods, or through
the information piped into their television sets, radios, and computers.
And various communities existing on the margins of society--whether
indigenous or transgendered, feminist or Deaf--are gaining self-awareness.
With this mixing of values comes the opportunity to build bridges
and encourage a greater understanding of difference.
At the same time, the weakening of boundaries is helping powerful
interests to expand their influence. In places around the world today,
groups of concerned individuals are protesting the threat that the
emerging global order poses to their livelihoods. But divisions of
identity--including those of belief, class, gender, physique, race,
or sexuality--divide these groups. Too many are unable to look beyond
the limits of their own agendas. They pursue a single-issue activism
that reduces human experience to one facet. Their simplistic approach
to multiculturalism blurs over differences, discourages dissenting
opinions, and prevents genuine cooperation.
Now more than ever, there is a need for a broad-minded sense of identity,
one that is comfortable with diversity and yet also envisions a richer,
more complex humanity than can be found in nationalism or consumer
culture. There is a need to build enduring coalitions dedicated to
social justice and equality, spanning the entire spectrum of cultures
and categories. And there is a need for a forum that will bring people
of all walks of life together, in the pursuit of their common destiny.
We aim to be such a forum. Our understanding of pluralism is complex,
critical, and action-oriented. In an increasingly diverse and fragmented
world, we seek to build understanding--in a way that is sometimes
radical but always intelligent, frequently controversial but ruthlessly
honest, often inspired but ever independent. Our mission is nothing
less than the transformation of the political scene, rethinking multiculturalism
and making it a mainstream concern, not just a problem for the minority
to talk about and the majority to retreat from.
What do we cover?
Inthefray is focused on six chief areas:
1. Belief. Faith and fanaticism.
Morality and hypocrisy. The diversity of the world's wisdom traditions,
the perversity of blind ideology. The tension between the individual
2. Class. The rich, the
poor, and those in the middle. Highbrow and lowbrow culture. The world's
financial pecking order. Education as opportunity, education as action.
Meritocracy versus egalitarianism. The global fight for goods.
3. Gender. First sex,
second sex. Men and women, born or made? Feminine and masculine, feminism
4. Physique. Not just
musculature, but the broader definition of "bodily makeup." Body image
in a culture of hunger. Aesthetics and anorexics. Mind and body. Life
as seen from the wheelchair, as heard by the Deaf, as experienced
by the mentally ill.
The fights against racial hatred and injustice. The global
mélange of cultures, the ongoing hostilities between ethnic
groups. The world as refugee camp. The study of whiteness, the preservation
of indigenous and immigrant culture.
Straight, gay and lesbian, and those in the middle. The spectrum
of sexual orientation. Bisexual and transgendered identity. The evolving
nature of the erotic. New models for the family.
As of now, no other publication thoroughly addresses these concerns.
The Web and print publications that exist focus on the issues relevant
to one group, such as African American or gay issues, or, at their
broadest, issues within limited categories, such as race or sexual
orientation. The progressive media outlets that profess to cover such
topics often do not have diverse mastheads and approach such issues
of identity from the vantage point of an outsider. Inthefray fills
a void in today's media offerings, presenting a discussion of identity
that is neither slanted toward the views of the majority culture,
nor restricted to the perspective of a single group.
A Web site is the perfect gateway for this magazine for several reasons:
The advent of the Internet has created unprecedented possibilities
for dialogue across dividing lines, whether social, economic, or geographic.
We offer a magazine that is free to any reader with Web access, an
increasingly common amenity across the world.
2. Young market. Inthefray aims
for a young audience--people in their twenties and thirties who are
hip, open-minded, and curious. These are the kinds of people who surf
the Web in the greatest numbers. Furthermore, multiculturalism is
an experience most known by this younger generation--in the United
States, the children who grew up after the 1965 reform of immigration
laws and the various movements for civil rights.
3. Interactive possibilities.
Inthefray strives to make full use of the Web's unique features. With
discussion boards, live chats, multimedia presentations, and interactive
writing, art, and photography, our magazine is more than a passive
reading experience. Our format allows for the immediate mobilizing
of people around issues of concern and a constant and frank exchange
in which personal and private details are hidden until the participant
wishes to share them.
4. Reliability. Through sound
reporting and expert commentary, we can establish ourselves as a voice
of authority in cyberspace journalism, a field in sore need of reliable
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