Issue #6, Fall 1997
Art Director: Benjamin Shaykin
Illustrator: Andi Zeisler
One of Bitch's first themed issues, the Masculinity issue explored how the same narrow expectations and stereotypes that constrain women do the same to men, answering the question, "Is feminism for men, too?" with a resounding yes. It made sense to portray the burden of media tropes of masculinity—brooding, rock-hard, tough, debonair, athletic, and gritty—as something an average dude had to literally carry with him. The icons portrayed are James Dean, John Wayne, James Bond, and NBA star Grant Hill. (Note: This was a random choice and not a comment on Hill's own performance of masculinity.) If the cover were concepted today, it's very likely that not much would be different, as views on what makes a man have remained steeped in their mythos.
Our 15th-anniversary series prints offer something for every taste. Featuring some of our favorite covers from Bitch's 15-year history, the limited-edition prints offer gorgeous photos, cool illustrations, nifty typography, and lots of color to perk up your living space. All 15 designs are archival giclee* prints on high-quality, heavy watercolor paper, and are suitable for framing. And if you just can't decide, maybe you need more than one — after all, they'll look pretty great hanging side by side.
*A very high-quality, archival inkjet print that creates very fine detail and vivid color, used by artists to reproduce work with a high degree of integrity to the original.
- Large image is a detail; small image represents actual print (click for larger view).
- 16 x 20 inches (fits in a standard frame)