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!
It's that time when everyone's saying goodbye to the previous year by listing all the things that made it great—in movies, in books, and much more. And we're jumping in to highlight ten of the articles and blog posts that made Bitch such a vital online destination this year. From Breaking Bad to cross-racial adoption, Halloween costumes to transgender reading lists, there's something here for everyone. Did you miss any? If so, get reading!
Just for fun this week at Bitch, we’re putting together a series of gift guides. Our last edition of Bitch in a Box is a guide to hostile gifts.
A hostile gift (as opposed to a Host Gift) is a present meant for someone you don’t want to please.
It is not a gift for someone that is in fact intended for you (eg. Homer’s gift for Marge of a bowling ball with the name “Homer” inscribed) or a passive aggressive or mean-spirited gift that suggest the recipient needs to make changes in their life (eg. deodorant or a copy of The South Beach Diet). Rather a hostile gift is meant to intentionally inspire perplexity, confusion, and apoplexy.
Time's almost running out for gifts this month! Bitch has some advice in the form of gift guides, which we're posting to highlight the work of our favorite artists and groups, plus to offer ideas for finding presents for the people you love. This edition of Bitch in a Box is a gift guide for your frequent traveler friends.
Do you have that friend that crosses the ocean more often than you clean out your fridge? The one that you're no longer surprised that yesterday's tweets came from New York and today's are out of Germany? Here's a few gift ideas for the jetsetter in your life.
So, you've got a friend or ALMTJAF (A Little More Than Just A Friend) who goes to reproductive justice rallies, has a copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves on their shelf, and knows all about what kind of lube to use with silicone toys (counterintuitively, not silicone lube). While getting them a sex toy might be a little too forward, there are lots of other gifts to please the sex-positive friend in your life.
This week, we're putting together just-for-fun holiday gift guides. Today's edition of Bitch in a Box is a gift guide for those people from home who will never come visit you in the cool new city you moved to.
Maybe, like me, you've moved somewhere new in the past year or two. Maybe, like me, you're pretty certain that where you live now is cooler than where you grew up. Maybe, like me, you're also pretty sure that the people back home will probably never come and visit you there. But you still keep trying to convince them to do it.