Here’s the news that could improve. We’ve still got $18,000 to raise and just over a week to get there.
If you haven’t already heard, we’re in the midst of a critical campaign to reach a $25,000 funding goal by September 30. To make it even easier to pitch in what you can, all subscriptions, renewals, and gifts of Bitch are all 20 percent off. (The 20 percent discount includes international readers and multi-year orders, so please consider locking in savings and pushing us even closer to our goal!)
Lots of people don’t know this, but Bitch Media has a tiny staff—you can count our ranks on two hands—and we’re entirely funded by reader support and like-minded sponsors. We don’t take big corporate checks and we’re never afraid to publish the tough stuff because of what some advertiser might think.
It’s hard to ignore the bold black and red lettering on the cover of our Love/Lust issue, set against a bright yellow background.
"Everything you always wanted to know about love/lust.*" And then, lingering a few lines below, "*But were afraid to ask."
In its pages, you’ll find out that through the varied lenses of dozens of writers, illustrators, and editors, we actually do explore love and lust from perspectives that too often fall under the radar—from dating while fat, to political sex scandals, to Playgirl’s hairy history and back again—and we’re excited for you to dig into the issue.
And there’s another great reason to get Love/Lust today:
We need your help to reach a critical $25,000 funding goal by September 30, so starting right now, all subscriptions are 20 percent off!
If you know Bitch Media , then you know that we make it our mission to consider the issues at hand in a way that doesn’t necessarily result in clean lines, clear-cut answers, or feel-good think-pieces.
That's how close we are to reaching our $30,000 match by midnight tonight—so we're reaching out to you one last time because it's our final chance to make sure that every single penny of the $30,000 challenge is matched.
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Julie Falk, Executive Director
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In politics, there’s a saying that the only politician you can count on to align 100% with your values, 100% of the time, is you. That’s why, in past as a political fundraiser, I was always a little nervous to make my pitch for whatever progressive cause I was working on. I’d always end up toeing a line that I agreed with, mostly, but not entirely. And that made me nervous.
The beauty of asking for your support at Bitch is that I don’t have to agree with everything we publish. And that’s okay. One thing I’m always behind is how we go about things: We operate from the idea that we’re not always going to get everything right, that we’re always learning from our writers and our readers, and that most things are constantly in flux.
Whether we’re excited to publish the next issue of our quarterly magazine, eager to get out the next episode of Popaganda up online, waiting to hear from our cofounder Andi on how her latest Bitch on Campus visit went, or just enthusiastic about our daily posts on our blog, delivering Bitch Media in all its formats is fulfilling.
Last week’s response to our $30,000 match challenge was nothing short of incredible.
We’re thrilled to report that thanks to 197 new B-Hive members, subscribers, and donors—on top of those readers who were inspired by Kathleen Hanna’s letter and chipped in earlier this month—we’re nearly halfway to our goal: $14,603.27.
We’re so thankful to all those who have contributed, but with just 12 days to go to reach the $30,000 match, we need all hands on deck.
I’m just going to cut to the chase: To stay on track to reach our goal by May 31, we need to raise another $3,760 by the end of the day today.
If you missed last week’s news, here’s the short of it. One generous donor pledged to match every single dollar to Bitch Media during the month of May, up to $30,000. That means that when you subscribe, donate, or join the B-Hive, your contribution will be matched dollar for dollar—and we can’t afford to leave a single cent on the table.
We weren’t sure we were going to be able to say this, but here it is: The May Match is back. Only this time, we have just 17 days to reach our goal and trigger the $30,000 match.
Here’s the story. Last May, one generous donor pledged to match every single dollar to Bitch Media during the month of May, up to $25,000—including subscriptions, B-Hive memberships, and straight-up donations.
This year, we’re in the exact same spot, but with $30,000 hanging in the balance, and less time to reach our goal.
I cling to Bitch mag like a baby blanket, or one of those life-preserver rings they throw you when you can't swim. To further the bad analogy: Sometimes I feel like I'm drowning in an ocean of "do-me feminism" or a feminism that is more about slogans than actually changing anything, or, worse, no feminism at all.
Get ready for Maps & Legends! The new issue of Bitch is on its way to subscribers and B-Hive members, and right now you can read some select articles online!
You've already read our interview with living legend Janet Mock and tracked the developing pop-culture landscape of New Zealand. Now you can dig deeper into the new issue with three more articles. In "Black to the Future," Alley Pezanoski-Browne traces how female pop musicians today are carrying on the legacy of past legends of Afrofuturism with a feminist twist. In "What Happened to Home Economics?" Christen McCurdy traces the evolution of home economics—from its 19th-century origins, its proto-feminist plans, to its current manifestations (or lack thereof). Finally, in "Hot Under the Bonnet,"Audrey deCoursey examines mass market "Amish romance" and what they say about its large base of "English" (and Evangelical) women readers.
That's just a sampling of what's inside the new issue. If you've got fear of missing out, subscribe before February 28th, you'll get 20 percent off and we'll include a FREE limited-edition Maps & Legends cover print with your order!