Working in the lending library at Bitch Media, I meet dozens of people each week who care deeply about print. From the out-of-towners who stop by the library cause they heard about our collection of out-of-print Sassy and ROCKRGRL magazines, to the house of ladies down the street who take turns coming in to check out feminist books for their coffee table, our library is frequently abuzz with people who love the printed feminist word.
Lots of people who come into our library ask to see the very first issue of Bitch magazine. For those who have had committed fifteen-year relationships with our print magazine, paging through that very first black and white zine is a walk through memory lane. Others, who have become quick friends with the magazine in recent years, are excited to hold that premier issue in their hands and consider how far the magazine has come. Some library visitors tell me about their first time picking up the magazine, others share stories about how the magazine held them over during difficult times spent in sexist environments. Dozens of people come into our library each week excited to talk about the magazine.
The blog, podcasts, and lending library aren't going anywhere, but if we're going to continue to print the magazine that the people who come into our library each week know and love, we need your support now.