A Letter From Bitch Cofounder Andi ZeislerFeminist Media Means Two Things

Bitch Media has never just been about the idea that pop culture requires a feminist response.

It's also about believing that feminist media can never be funded by the corporations who produce and control most of what pop culture has to offer.

That's right. In order to truly believe in Bitch, it's crucial to believe wholeheartedly in the way we fund this organization.

That means no corporate advertising, no single deep-pocketed donor who steers our editorial choices, and certainly no shareholders who can “weigh in” on whether or not we cover hot-button issues.

It's been almost 20 years since we started Bitch. I'm as proud to help lead this organization as I was when we printed the first issue of the magazine and distributed it out of the back of a Toyota Corona in 1996. But I wouldn't still be here if we had sacrificed our independence—and you wouldn't be able to read a single word we published without questioning where it really came from.

But we didn't. And we won't.

I don't get to ask you directly that often, but when I do, I really hope you'll do it:

Make sure this nonprofit, fiercely feminist, reader-supported media organization meets our $40,000 by September 30. With just nine days left to go, we're still $19,374 away from our goal and the only way we'll make it is with your support.

Subscribe to Bitch magazine for 20 percent off, renew your subscription and lock in savings for a few years, or give a gift of Bitch to a feminist friend. Become a $10 member and get a subscription to Bitch magazine in return. Make a good, old-fashioned one-time donation of $25 or whatever fits your budget.

We may not answer to parent companies or shareholders, but our relationship with you it what sustains this organization.

Thanks for all that you do,

Andi Zeisler, cofounder
Bitch Media

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Andi Zeisler is the cofounder of Bitch Media and the author of We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement. You can find her on Twitter.

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