On Feminist Media, Donald Trump, and Being BoldOur Take On #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is important: How things tally up at midnight tonight can indicate whether or not we’ll reach our 2016 funding goal. This year, it’s more important than ever that we build momentum today. Will you become a member or make a one-time donation right away?

It’s #GivingTuesday, and we definitely thought about cutting this message short because there are a lot of requests coming in from organizations you love, trust, and support today.

To be honest, if it were any other year, we probably would. But not this year. Not when Donald Trump takes office as the President of the United States in just 53 short days. 

So we wrote you this instead:

Three days before November 8, the New York Times published a poll focused on how teenage girls felt about the candidacies of both Hillary Clinton  and Donald Trump. Reading its results again makes us feel sick to our stomachs: Among all of the girls who heard Trump’s comments about women—including his infamous words about “grabbing them by the pussy,” as well as his comments about being able to “get away with” walking into the dressing rooms of Miss Teen USA contestants—nearly half said that those comments negatively affected the way they think about their bodies. Trump’s candidacy alone made 27 percent of teenage girls less likely to seek leadership roles. And now, we’ve elected him President. 

If we can reach $5,000 in members and $35,000 in donations by the end of the day, that’s a promising sign. Will you become a member or make a one-time donation right away?

As we all know, the psychological harm to women and girls is only one part of the sweeping bigotry that’s blanketing our nation. Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, reports that more than 200 hate crimes have been logged in the two weeks since the election. Most incidents are anti-Black, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim. Look no further than Inasul Ahmed’s “Day One In Trump’s America” Twitter feed for horrific stories that illustrate SPLC’s report of a sharp increase in numbers. We, too, have seen a major uptick in harassment whenever we do things like post a body-positive article on Twitter or share a digital space for our feminist community to coalesce on Facebook.

We’re horrified, but we’re not surprised. Those who directly oppose the steadfast intersectional feminist values that we espouse have been validated, and by extension, emboldened. 

But we are emboldened too. Now, in the face of a Trump administration and a mainstream media that is working overtime to normalize bigotry, our work to amplify nuanced feminist perspectives is more important than ever. 

Your support today, whether it’s a new B-Hive membership—which includes a subscription to award-winning Bitch magazine and snazzy stuff like mugs, notebooks, and tote bags—or a one-time donation of any size, will push us closer to our $85,000 year-end funding goal.

Pop culture, media, and real life have for decades told everyone who isn’t a straight, white, cisgendered man that the harm perpetrated upon them isn’t “real” harm, that it doesn’t matter. Our job, for two decades, has been to hold pop culture accountable. To call out mainstream media when it takes a complicated issue and offers a dangerously simplified narrative. And to counter both with unflinching intersectional feminist analysis across all platforms: In print, online, on the air, on campuses around the world, and on screen.  

There was one piece of encouraging news from that terrifying New York Times poll: Feminism is especially popular among young women, with 63 percent of women aged 18-34 identifying as feminist. We reach five million eager feminists every year on our website alone, and millions more across social media. The top three reasons people arrive at our digital doorstep? A feminist community. Diverse feminist perspectives. Cultural analysis.

To all those who are curious about approaching their lives, and their immersion in the world, through an intersectional feminist lens, to those that already are, and to those who are leading the way, we say this: 

We are here to serve you. 

And on this #GivingTuesday, we need your support more now than ever. Please become a member of the B-Hive or make a one-time donation to Bitch Media today!

Let’s move forward boldly, together.

by Julie Falk
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Julie Falk has been the Executive Director of Bitch Media since 2009.

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