One of the best things about being a feminist pop-culture geek is meeting and working with with other feminist pop-culture geeks, so when young Canadian writer Soraya Roberts applied for an internship at Bitch in the mid-2000s, it was a match made in geeky heaven. During her tenure at Bitch, Roberts wrote about the rise of “humilitainment” TV, did an unholy amount of fact-checking, and even modeled merch for the Bitch site. Since then, Roberts has been writing and editing up a storm everywhere from TimeOut Dubai and the Toronto Star to Buzzfeed and Vanity Fair—and, when we’re lucky, she’s made time for Bitch. Her first book, In My Humble Opinion: My So-Called Life, was published this fall.
What was the most memorable part of your internship at Bitch, and what was the most surprising thing you learned about feminist media?
The most memorable part of my internship at Bitch in 2003 was wearing one of the magazine’s tank tops — with “Bitch” emblazoned across the chest — through the streets of Oakland and having a man catcall, “Come on, baby, don’t call yourself that!” That one small moment seemed to prove why the magazine needed to exist then and continues to need to exist now. As for the most surprising thing about feminist media, it was that such a small group of women (the office would often only have about four people in it at once) could have such a major impact.