As many of you Internet fans know, I'm the web editor here at Bitch Media, which means I concern myself mainly with what goes on in this series of tubes we're working in right now. However, today I'd like to talk about Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, the best print magazine in the whole world. (OK, I'm biased, but it is seriously awesome.)
I first came across Bitch years ago, when I was knee-high to a feminist grasshopper, in a bookstore at the mall. In fact—and I may be dating myself here—the first issue I purchased was the one on masculinity that you see pictured above (look for the urinal). I've never been so psyched to pick up a magazine. Finally, I had found my people! And they were hilarious and cool and liked sitcoms and pop music, and they were feminists and weren't afraid to admit it! Refreshing, to say the least.
Now, if you've encountered Bitch Media mainly through the web, you'll be pleasantly surprised to know that our print content is different than the content you find here. Every issue (they're quarterly) is full of columns, features, and interviews—all of which tend to be delightfully wordy—as well as shorter, snarky pieces of media response and analysis. We also feature book and music reviews, a section called Love It/Shove It that offers short rants and raves, and an ongoing feature called the Bitch List that highlights cool media and pop-culture products/projects. Oh, and we have comics!
In a world where print publications are dying on the vine, Bitch is still going strong—providing a fresh, feminist, response to pop culture in much-needed print form. Sure, the Internet is convenient and all, but you can't hold a blog post in your hands or archive it on your bookshelf, now can you? You can't make a collage out of it or store it on the magazine rack in your bathroom. But you CAN get a subscription or renew your existing subscription to the magazine for the limited-time price of $19.96!
Let's face it: Independent feminist media costs money to produce, in any form. If you value the content you read here, please subscribe and support Bitch. If you already subscribe, consider convincing a friend or two to do the same. Declare your independence by subscribing (or renewing your subscription) to the magazine that's been bringing it to you since 1996, for just $19.96! Plus, every 50th subscriber gets a prize!
If you've got a story about the first time (or the 100th time) you picked up an issue of Bitch, please share it in the comments section!