As 2010 draws to a close, it's the time of year that nonprofits ask for donations. Bitch Media is no different; we need ongoing financial support. Usually, we would ask you to make a gift after telling you why you should support us. However, Bitch Media is lucky. We don't need to tell you why Bitch is important because we can let our supporters tell their own stories. This week, Everett Maroon, esteemed Bitch Blogger, explains why he ♥s Bitch.
I came out of a cultural studies program with new eyes. We know these moments: we can't read the newspaper anymore. Television is riddled with offensive stereotypes and harmful messages for women, people of color, transgender folks, queer people, and of course, many of us occupy more than one of these communities. Our favorite books, when reread after consciousness raising, disturb us because we hadn't noticed how chocked full of lies they are. We ask to see cultural deconstructions in media. Why aren't there feminist analyses of popular culture?
There are. Bitch Media has produced a principled response to popular culture since the mid-1990s with Bitch magazine, and now also through the blogs at bitchmedia.org, identifying the music, books, television, film, zeitgeists, and news pundits who mark the edges of popular culture itself.
I've read Bitch as an active member of the Lesbian Avengers, when second wave feminism told me being butch was terrible, as I made a gender transition, and after I started getting male privilege. I've attempted to deconstruct my social position to feminism through the years, and I appreciate that Bitch Media has done the same, especially when so much about our culture has shifted conservative-ward. But we're also in an era in which several states protect LGBT civil rights, more books than ever flood the market, many of them from progressive publishers, digital advances have opened access to independent musicians, and politics is in a movement of better access to government. Each of those circumstances is fraught with pushback, angry rhetoric, and some degree of forward momentum. How significant that Bitch Media is here to help make sense of it all.
I can't recommend more strongly that you join me in supporting Bitch Media. It's a great way to continue their work and fill your coffee table, computer screen, and mind with smart ideas. Donate to Bitch Media right now!
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