Feeling Pretty Good About Calling Bryan Goldberg a Douchebag

Remember when we called this guy a douchebag

Bryan Goldberg

I’m feeling really good about the decision, thanks to a former employee for his website, Bustle, who says he directed her not to hire “smart” writers

Autostraddle has the scoop, from an interview with a writer named Raphi who was helping put together the new site. She explains her first meeting with Goldberg: 

“Our first meeting was the weirdest job interview I’ve ever had. We met at Peet’s Coffee and he was very intent that I call his bag a briefcase. I guess some of his friends had called it a man purse and that had bothered him. Then he goes ‘So what makes you qualified to work for me? No offense, but you don’t look like someone who will cry if she can’t get her hands on the latest Gucci purse,’ so that should give you a pretty good idea of how he was approaching this whole thing. He talked a lot about making money and how great it is to be rich, then wrote a check to me without asking me to sign anything… I think he really liked showing people how easily he can throw money around.” 

And then: 

“He told me not to contact so many “smart” writers (I think he meant something very specific by “smart”) and that many of the ones I liked seemed to have big chips on their shoulders. He’d never heard of Bitch or xoJane, and I don’t think he knew about Bust magazine before I told him about it… I told him about Bitch and he snarked on the name and said ‘advertisers must love that.’”

Nice! Wait until he finds out we’re a nonprofit media outlet.

To be fair, it’s not the fault of Bustle’s writers that their boss clearly has no idea what he’s doing. Many of the posts up on Bustle today are totally fine, rather bland restatements of the day’s big news stories. None seem like they’re written by someone who thinks the only good female writer is one who will cry without a Gucci purse. Maybe Bustle can rise above the man at the top. 

by Sarah Mirk
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Sarah Mirk is the former host of Bitch Media’s podcast Popaganda. She’s interested in gender, history, comics, and talking to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter

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5 Comments Have Been Posted

Hey Bitch, Love you guys and

Hey Bitch,

Love you guys and all and particularly love the coverage of this douchebag (way to call a spade a spade). BUT, don't post to individual writer's works as being "rather bland." These girls may not know what a d'bag the boss man is and they're just trying to ramp up their portfolio. Plus, I clicked on that "rather bland" link and it wasn't so milquetoast as to be unreadable by any means.

I would be upset if I had written it and the traffic was coming from this site under that descriptor.

Lets keep the attention focused on the d-bag.


As another bland female writer on a site you have a problem with I'd like to remind you we can't eat our high-minded ideology and Bustle has featured a lot of work on intersectionality and an interview with women in the Chelsea Manning case, and #solidarityisforwhitewomen news. I'm just signing up for my beehive membership but now I really don't feel that great about it.

Thanks for the solidarity.


Oh man X-( his every quote makes me cringe. Respect to the writers. They're doing their jobs. That being said... So much blehgh.

Face It

We, and all the other awesome social justice and committed feminist bloggers and sites out there ... were here first and we will always be better than this guy ... no matter how many $million$ he throws away at that site.

Hopefully, those writers amping up their portfolios will find us - and everyone else.

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