4. We value the environment and show it in both our design and our business practices.
Back in 2010, both Julie (our Executive Director) and Sara Stroo (our publishing intern at the time) thoroughly reviewed our firm commitment to environmentally friendlier business practices here at Bitch Media—and what you can do to encourage them (hint: subscribe or donate, rather than buying on the newsstand!).
Honestly, not much has changed since then. We're still on the newsstand. Middlemen still hold key sales information close to their vests—making it all but impossible to make timely, strategic (environmentally friendly!) distribution choices. Across the board, 65% of magazines from the newsstand still go unsold and are systematically destroyed—wasting the petroleum it takes to print them and get them there—and our precious resources as an independent, nonprofit feminist media organization.
The holidays are a time for reflecting on cherished memories. For some people, this means recalling special moments with loved ones and celebrating past accomplishments. For me, it means wallowing in all of the pop culture I liked when I was a kid. Remember the Claymation Christmas Celebration? Or the time you got that She-Ra action figure? Sure you do. And if the friends and family on your gift list this year are like the rest of the Internet (and me) in their nostalgia for times recently gone by, here are some gift ideas, sorted by type. Fire up the Betamaxmas and let's do this!
Throughout 2012, the mainstream media has given you dozens of examples of why the need to amplify feminist voices is more crucial than ever, and independent, nonprofit Bitch Media has been doing that work for 17 years and counting. Now, here are ten reasons of our own to support Bitch Media:
Buying a gift for a fashionista can be one tough nut to crack. Do you want to dazzle and impress, but have no idea what the difference between a cowl neck and a crew neck is? Are you as ensembly challenged as Amber from Clueless? Fear not! Here at Bitch, we understand that navigating the fashion world can be daunting to the unfamiliar. So we've compiled a list of our most favorite finds for the trendsetter in your life. Don't waste another minute stressing! Take the scotch tape out and get ready to put a bird bow on it.
You deserve comics that highlight women who have made critical contributions to society.
We all deserve history that comes alive. The best stories, to me, are the ones with weird and sometimes awkward details that we can relate to. Illustration in general also makes complex issues and stories easier to digest. It's hard to be interested in stories when you don't see yourself in them, and hard to imagine yourself in a creative field when you don't see room for yourself in it.
Just in time for the holidays, we've added a few new totes and tees to BitchMart! Taking advantage of 20% off Bitch subscriptions today? Add a tote or tee (or both!) to your shopping cart—get a head start on shopping for your friends while supporting independent feminist media.
Elisha Lim, the illustrator behind the graphic series 100 Butches, has been illustrating beautiful and powerful wall calendars for the past few years. Their Sissy Calendar featured illustrations of people who identify as, celebrate and challenge the word "sissy". This year's calendar, The Comfort of Queer Family Wisdom Calendar, features illustrations of queer writers, artists, and organizers alongside words from Elisha on combating isolation by picking up queer and anti-racist books, organizing, and having conversations with friends. Both calendars are available at BitchMart! Elisha, who is a frequent Bitch contributor, was kind enough to answer a few questions about their calendars, the people featured in them, and what they're up to next.