Thank you so much for your interest in The Rayanne Project!
The guidelines for submitting are pretty simple: we’re looking for media — writing, photography, videos, essays, photocollages, some amazing thing you came up with that we haven’t even thought of — that will use the lens of My So-Called Life (and, in particular, the character of Rayanne Graff) to talk about female adolescence, punk identities, and marginalized persons or subcultures.
Some topics people have already suggested: looking at what it feels like to identify with Rayanne as a working-class teenager from a single-parent home; self-portraits taken as a teenager; why MSCL’s characterizations of teenagers still resonate so strongly, and why there are so few complex portrayals of teenage girls in the media over fifteen years after the show aired; talking about Rayanne’s mom and how her parenting is characterized on the show; the complexity of friendships between teenage girls like Rayanne, Sharon, and Angela; Ricky and the representation of queer youth of color. That’s just a sampling to get you started — we’ve received so many awesome ideas and we’d love to hear more!
We don’t have strict guidelines or length requirements—that’s up to you. When you submit, PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION AND A LINK TO YOUR BLOG/WEBSITE, so we can be sure to credit you.
We will only post your contribution on this Tumblr, and will never reuse it anywhere else without your written permission. We will not edit or alter your work without your written permission. Your content will belong to you, and you are welcome to post it anywhere else you like. We absolutely want to make a space for as many voices as possible, but due to the overwhelming (and amazing!) response, we regret that we may not be able to post everyone’s submission.
Thank you so much and we can’t wait to see what you have to say!