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.
Spring 2019, Issue 82: Broke
For too many of us, there may be no adjective that captures the current national mood better than “broke.” Democracy, capitalism, higher education, healthcare: The systems that govern our collective lives, the ones in which we’ve put our trust, and the ones that mark the difference between thriving and barely surviving are objectively, inescapably broken; and their detritus can’t help but cloud the lens through which we look at the world and our places in it.
For issue 82, we’re seeking reportage, analysis, and commentary that looks at where the multiple meanings of “broke” reside: the “breaking” news that underrepresented people have always known, the broken pipelines to success in a rigged meritocracy, the language of wealth and class in shaping media. And, since we’re not trying to bum everyone out, the creative breakthroughs that are changing language, pop culture, and connection.
Here are a few prompts:
- Examine the impact and legacy of the 24-hour news cycle
- Explore the culture of scientific "breakthroughs" that reify conventional wisdom about gender
- Survey the pop-culture products that portray precarity with the nuance it requires
- Investigate shifting media narratives about disability and mental illness
- Scrutinize the various systems that force people into crowdfunding and other alternative funding for their basic needs
- How does socioeconomic class factor into who gets a fair shake in the criminal-justice system?
KEY WORDS: poverty, wealth, mortality, democracy, health, possibility, urgency, discovery, class, aspiration, education, capitalism, celebrity, amorphous, visibility, crowdfunding, justice
(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.