Bitch Media seeks to be a fresh, revitalizing voice in contemporary feminism, one that welcomes complex, intersectional arguments and refuses to ignore the contradictory and often uncomfortable realities of life in an unequivocally gendered world. We are independent, we are feminist. We believe in pop culture as a valuable, dynamic site and we do not shy away from the rich and productive tensions that arise when analyzing and critiquing it through a feminist lens.

Bitch Media's content demonstrates our commitment to building community, deepening feminist conscience (individual and collective), and challenging systematic and cultural oppression with three standards.

(1) We create and curate original, responsive, interrogative, and engaging content that prioritizes the complex and shifting understandings of feminisms as a personal tool and social movement for liberation, justice, identity, and growth.

(2) We celebrate content that best challenges, reflects, equips, and empowers diverse feminist communities who are in robust conversation with mainstream media and pop culture.

(3) We choose and shape editorial content to deliver boldness characterized by originality, depth of insight, savvy, wit, and the practice of claiming an elusive truth that is either avoided by or escapes mainstream media outlets.

2018 is the year of Revenge. As Audre Lorde ruminated about people of color: We were never meant to survive. And yet marginalized communities of color remain—surviving and more.

Revenge, a state of pursuit, begins with a wrong. Or wrongs, as in the patriarchy, wizards, bullies, heteronormativity, gender binaries, complicity, good intentions, erasure, and the tired bemoaning of ethnocentrics with limited imaginations of freedom.

Our newly redesigned magazine showcases the best pop cultural analysis and centers our communities of color and those who identify as women, trans, queer, and all who see themselves across, off, or beyond the spectrum of genders. We amplify feminist critique for change makers, boat rockers, Dreamers, first gens, fighters, troublemakers, rogues, and the banned—all the ones deemed too dangerous, threatening, or agitating. We’re here to declare revenge by imagining and defining brilliance and resilience in pop culture for feminist communities of color. Our revenge is not about redemption, it’s about reclamation.

Feminism is a decision. And then a series of acts. And then it’s embodied. This is Bitch Media.

SECTIONS:

FEATURES

Features are deep dives into the intersection of feminism and pop culture. Long-form and essay writers examine, ruminate, and push boundaries. The writing is tight, top-notch, and original. We are looking for pieces that not only dive deep, but dive where no one else is looking.

Investigative Essay (2000–2500)

You smell a buried story and want to tell the world what’s going on. Complete with research, reporting, and clear, concise writing, this piece braids information and intrigue and takes the readers on a journey through something underreported, unknown, or in need of a spotlight.

Bitch Essay (1500–1800)

Nonfiction feminist critical essays are not about the “I” statements—a Bitch essay critiques a larger systematic or cultural problem by centering a marginal community and exploring the impact of that issue for a particular demographic. This can include a vulnerable rumination, a hilarious confession, or a clapback, but, at its heart, it's a soaring cultural critique. This feature establishes your chops as a writer who is unafraid to go there. It’s an essay that demonstrates that you have cultivated your own distinct voice, your own Bitch sound, and your work unapologetically expresses an unforgettable message that centers your community, resistance, and establishes new ground with unchartered possibilities for how to live free.


CULTURE

This section is where Bitch brands and solidifies its cultural authority. From celebrating significant pieces of pop culture that are turning 20 to analyzing the Impact Of directors, producers, and screenwriters (500–800 words), Culture examines elements of our lives that show up in books, on screens, in music, and all over the internet.

Turning 20 (800–1000 words) is a feature that explores the cultural impact of one piece of pop culture that’s celebrating that golden anniversary. It can be a celebrity’s significant moment at the VMAs, a TV show that changed the landscape forever, or even a book that’s still as readable now as it was then.

Culture also features three analytical essays (650–700 words) that look at themes springing up in books, screen, and music, and explore the cultural context for that theme and why it’s significant. Are multiple TV shows depicting abortions? How is YA literature handling sexual assault? We want to know.

Lastly, Culture wants to know the people behind-the-scenes who are making television and movie magic (400–500 words). Who’s the next Ava Duvernay or Joi McMillon or Shonda Rhimes? These interviews highlight voices that are rarely tapped into.


FRONT-OF-BOOK

Dispatches (900–1000 words) are missives from the frontlines. We’re looking for underreported and fascinating stories from across the country, the globe, and the realms of fiction that center location and introduce Bitch readers to stories and topics they might not have encountered before. A great dispatch could be from Argentina or Tennessee just as easily as Westeros or West World.


BRAIN PROMPTS:
  • Gender: What or who constitutes when revenge is sweet or when it’s a crime?

  • Screens: Revenge has become not only an act of retribution, but a lens for reality TV with delicious hooks for plotlines. So why do we watch?

  • Pretty Little Liars, 13 Reasons Why, Sweet/Vicious

  • News Media: What does revenge have to do with wrongful persecutions such as the Central Park Five? Or the way mainstream media glorifies Black forgiveness instead of social justice, like the Charleston community after the AME church murders?

  • Sexual Violence: Expand perspective of “revenge” when rape survivors out their perpetrators and seek retribution in other ways outside the legal system.

  • Icons: What do we gain from famous celebrities rivalry and volleys? (Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry or Taylor Swift and Kanye West)

  • Sequels: When the story continues, what comes after revenge?

  • Tech: Revenge porn

  • Revenge of the Contemporary Nerds: It’s not just geeky white guys. Girls of color, librarians, science wizards, bibliophiles and academics are an essential part of pop culture.

  • Obama backlash. Is 45 the political revenge slap of the white majority?

  • Revenge as justice and revenge as religious right/belief

  • Who was the first villain you rooted for?

  • Explore the gendered coding in language, e.g. “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” vs. the cultural acceptance of male aggression

Key words/phrases:

vengeance, judgement, death, betrayal, reparations, power, blood, closure, avenge, villains, vindication, bully, liberation

We currently are accepting specific pitches for two different comics / art opportunities for the REVENGE issue.

Adventures in Feministory is our back page in each issue of the magazine. In this piece, we pay homage to a feminist figure worthy of a whole lotta recognition and love, either through a one-page comic or a full-page, illustrated and annotated portrait with text incorporated into the design. We aim to highlight people who may not have received the attention they deserve, so dig deep! Past "Adventure in Feministory" heroines include revolutionary journalist Eugenia Apostol, labor organizer Lucy Gonzalez Parsons, and Dr. Mae Jemison. Pitches for this specific feature should be tied to the theme of "devotion," however loosely, and would be developed in conjunction with our art director.

Drawn Out was started in 2017 as an opportunity to give comics artists and cartoonists room to respond to the theme of each issue in a way that highlights their individual voice and perspective. As with our editorial features, this comic should tackle a specific angle related to the theme of the issue through a feminist lens. The page can be designed in panels like a traditional comic, or as full-page piece of art. Past examples of Drawn Out have included a take on how online community is being cultivated in youth culture (the Kids These Days issue), advice on money from feminist finance gurus (the Money issue), and an exploration of the cultural impact of America's trending avocado obsession (the Facts issue).

Keep in mind the intersection of feminism, pop culture, and the theme "revenge" when drafting a relevant comics / independent art pitch for the Revenge issue.

The theme:

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” 

- Confucius

Maybe Confucius was only half right about the two graves thing. Sometimes an act of revenge ends badly, but an act of vindication can feel distinctively sweet. What are the perils and possibilities within revenge?

Keywords for "REVENGE":
vengeance, judgement, death, betrayal, reparations, power, blood, closure, avenge, villains, vindication, bully, liberation

Some prompts to get you started:

  • What or who constitutes when revenge is sweet or when it’s a crime?
  • Consider the gendered coding of “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” vs. the normalization of men’s aggression.
  • What about the way mainstream media glorifies Black forgiveness instead of social justice, like the Charleston community after the AME church murders?
  • How does our perspective on revenge expand when survivors of sexual violence seek out retribution against their perpetrators outside the legal system?
  • What about revenge in art (like in Lemonade and 4:44)?
  • How about revenge of the contemporary nerds? It’s not just geeky white guys. Girls of color, librarians, science wizards, bibliophiles and academics are an essential part of pop culture.
  • Who was the first villain you rooted for?
  • What are the stories of redemption via revenge?

Payment for either piece is $250.


To pitch, please submit the following: 

  • A brief summary of the topic and angle you would like to pursue (can include 1-3 different people to feature for Adventures in Feministory, and why they would be interesting to Bitch readers), how your idea relates to the theme of Revenge, and anything else you'd like us to know about your work.
  • A short, 75-word statement on your relationship to this submission. How does your personal identity and experience influence your perspective on Revenge and the angle you intend to pursue within it? This is not a public biography, but rather a statement on the project you intend to pursue within our larger theme.
  • A link to your portfolio and/or relevant work samples.
We will consider your visual work/comics, your specific pitch, and your statement side-by-side as part of our selection process.