beyond the green: collective of middlebury voices

a student-run publication that seeks to provide space for voices that are not being heard on our campus. we are grounded by politics that are radical, anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-classist, anti-homophobic, anti-ableist, and anti-transphobic (against all forms of oppression) and that reject the structural neo-liberal paradigm that characterizes middlebury college and its official publications

On Anonymity

We were saddened to learn that after posting our latest piece, “Hate,” some people were attempting to guess the identity of its author (who chose to remain anonymous) and were identifying and attacking another student for writing it. This is behavior we are vehemently opposed to. We take the personal safety of our authors very seriously, and we are not posting pieces anonymously to create a “fun” guessing game for readers. For more information on our anonymity policy, here’s an excerpt from a piece by btg alumna Ally Yanson that sums it up:

“At beyond the green, we give all of our contributors the option of anonymity, always. Full stop. The reasons behind this are many. One main reason is that not everyone is afforded the same privilege of publishing and assuming safety and respect as a result. Moreover, the issues that we publish are often difficult, personal, and emotional—publishing anonymously affords the author the security and peace of mind necessary in carrying out such a dangerous action. However, the main reason is that we reject the idea that publishing anonymously means losing accountability. The only difference is that instead of engaging with the author, and any previous conceptions a reader may have about the author, the reader is forced to engage with the ideas. We are of the opinion that the topics we are writing about are important enough to be engaged with on their own—for their own merits.”

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