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.
(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.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Open: December 14, 2018 to February 25, 2019
At Bitch Media, feminism has always been a hot topic. For other media organizations, it’s been a hot potato. In one cultural sphere, feminism might appear to be on a hot streak. In another, it might be a hot mess. To think about heat as a concept is to grapple with a span of accumulated meanings that don’t always feel cohesive. Heat has literal manifestations in temperature and weather; it has cultural cachet as trendy, profitable, and sexy; it has seemingly contradictory shorthand use in pointing to institutional and top-down control, outlaw rebellion, and religious doomsaying. As an outlet for writing and art that’s invested in how language shapes meaning, understanding, and belief, we’re excited for our summer issue to explore all these things and more.
Heat, in all its forms and with all its implications, suffuses our public and private worlds, impacts our economies, motivates our decisions and our identities. In media and pop culture, heat is changeable, constantly ranked currency: hot takes, hottest restaurants, hottest tech IPOs, hot Oscars races, and, of course, hottest bodies. For issue 83, we’re looking for reportage, analysis, information, and commentary that steps directly into the fire.
Should we talk about how fame can light up—and burn down—movements toward political transformation and social justice? Let’s. Shall we look at the realm of food trends, where spices signify so much more than literal flavor? Sounds tasty. Can we circle up to discuss religion, imagination, and visions of Hell? Hell yes. Do we want to meditate on expressions of anger that intersect with feminine and racial imperatives? You already know we do. So give us fiery pitches that illuminate how we understand—and don’t understand—Heat as a cultural concept.
KEY WORDS: summer, gambling, climate change, exercise, wildfires, deviance, stereotypes, passion, hell, religion, sex, fame, lottery, swearing, curses
SECTIONS: Features, Culture, Front-of-Book
Dispatches (1200 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 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 the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Features are deep dives into the intersection of feminism and culture. Everything is culture to Bitch, including pop culture, social-justice movements, and technology. Longform 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 (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.
Cultural Feature (2000) 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. 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 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.
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 (600 words), Culture examines elements of our lives that show up in books, on screens, in music, and all over the internet.
Culture features three essays (800 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.
Culture wants to know the people behind-the-scenes who are making television and movie magic (1000 words). Who’s the next Ava Duvernay or Joi McMillon or Shonda Rhimes? These interviews highlight voices that are rarely tapped into.