Andi Zeisler, cofounder
Andi is the cofounder of Bitch Media. A longtime freelance writer and illustrator, Andi’s work has appeared in numerous places, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time magazine, Ms., Mother Jones, The Toast, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She is a former pop-music columnist for the SF Weekly and the East Bay Express, and also contributed to the anthologies Young Wives’ Tales, Secrets and Confidences: The Complicated Truth About Women’s Friendships (both from Seal Press), and Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit (Crown). She is the coeditor of BitchFest: 10 Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine, and the author of Feminism and Pop Culture (Seal Press). Her new book about the consumer co-optation of feminism, We Were Feminists Once, was published in May 2016 by PublicAffairs. She speaks frequently on the subject of feminism, media, and pop culture at various colleges and universities.
Andi graduated from The Colorado College in 1994 with a B.A. in Fine Art that has proved to be more or less useless, though she did use it to secure a job designing rugs for Pottery Barn back in the day. She passes her non-Bitch hours watching television, hanging out with her basketball-obsessed family, embroidering portraits of dogs, and subscribing to whatever magazines are left on Earth. Her other interests include drawing, snacking, hiking, traveling, and eating cheese.
Fatal weakness: candy, naps
Crushes: Gram Parsons, Steve Buscemi, Hugh Laurie, Domnhall Gleeson, the Portland Trail Blazers
Favorite TV shows: Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Freaks and Geeks, UnREAL, Game of Thrones, and dog shows.
Favorite authors: Laurie Colwin, Toni Morrison, Joan Didion, Mary Roach, Alison Bechdel, Rona Jaffe, Jonathan Tropper
Turn-ons: clogs, flocked wallpaper, the Winter Olympics, rainbow cookies
Turnoffs: lip liner, improper punctuation, mansplaining, trend stories, people who say “It is what it is”
Secretly wishes she were: An arts-and-crafts counselor at a summer camp in the 1970s
Evette Dionne, editor-in-chief
Evette is Bitch Media’s editor-in-chief. She also writes extensively about the intersections of race, gender, and size, for a number of publications, including HBO, Cosmopolitan, Time, The New York Times,The Guardian, The Root, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, Bustle, SELF, The Toast, Harper’s Bazaar, Mic, and Ravishly.
She’s also appeared on several multimedia platforms, including the Popaganda, Every Body, Food Psych, Mindful Strength, and Bri’s Books podcasts as well as BBC’s World Have Your Say and BuzzFeed’s AM 2 DM. She’s also written book chapters about the portrayal of Black women in For Better or Worse in The Problematic Tyler Perry; how Beyoncé forefronts pleasure throughout her self-titled album for The Beyoncé Effect: Essays on Sexuality, Race, and Feminism; and the exclusion of Black women from narratives about police brutality for a forthcoming anthology from Penguin.
Before joining Bitch Media, Evette worked as a founding senior editor at Revelist. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bennett College, an incredible HBCU for Black women, in 2012. In 2014, she received her master’s in media management and women, gender, and sexuality studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. That might be why researching is her favorite thing to do—outside of reading, tweeting, and ranting about self-care.
She is currently on the West Coast, and dreaming of Los Angeles.
Fatal weakness: Beyoncé. All things Beyoncé, all the time.
Favorite screen stuff: The Color Purple, Crooklyn, A League of their Own, Poetic Justice, Living Single, A Different World, How To Get Away with Murder, Super SoulSunday, Ugly Betty, Drop Dead Diva
Turn-ons: beaches, good food, the smell of new books, libraries, coffee shops
Turn-offs: people who misuse the word extra
Writers: Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, Pearl Cleage, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah
Music: Beyoncé, Nas, Monica, Lauryn Hill, Boyz II Men, Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield
Secretly wishes she were a: writer for the WWE
Jessica De Jesus, creative director
Jess is an art director, designer, occasional illustrator, and all-around creative. She was born in the Philippines and emigrated to the U.S. when she was just over a year old. Growing up in New Haven, CT, her family’s pizza of choice wasn’t Pepe’s or Sally’s but Costco, and she isn’t sorry about it. In addition to her regular high school classes, Jess attended the Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) in the Visual Arts department, but chose not to enroll at ECA during her senior year because she didn’t think she’d be able to make a living as a professional creative ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. But after subconsciously trying to avoid an art path for two years while at a liberal arts college in D.C., she took an Intro to Graphic Design course and found something she quite possibly loved. She then transferred to Massachusetts College of Art & Design and received her B.F.A. with honors in Graphic Design. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Los Angeles for the perpetual sunlight and tacos.
Jess started her design career as an art director for GOOD Magazine and after four years and a subsequent lay-off, reclaimed her time and founded her own creative studio, neonhoneytigerlily, with a focus on supporting and collaborating with women, people of color, and other marginalized narratives through thoughtful and bold design.
In December 2017, Jess was part of the three-person team that redesigned Bitch’s quarterly print magazine and now serves as Bitch’s creative director.
Fatal weakness: Tillamook’s Vanilla Chocolate Chip ice cream and a signature cat-eye
Favorite screen stuff: The Good Place, Insecure, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fleabag, Tuca & Bertie, and medical dramas
Turn-ons: kindness, snaxxx, seeing Black and brown folks succeed
Turn-offs: people who don’t use their signal light, the smell of a blown out candle, disregard or rudeness towards service workers
Secretly wishes she was: an astrologist and astronomer
Rachel Charlene Lewis, senior editor
Rachel is Bitch Media’s Senior Editor. She has written about culture, sex, sexuality, and identity for publications including Teen Vogue, Refinery29, Glamour, Autostraddle, Ravishly, SELF, StyleCaster, The Frisky (RIP), The Mary Sue, and elsewhere. Her literary work, reviews, and interviews have been published in Catapult, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Normal School, Publisher’s Weekly, The Offing, and in several other magazines. She graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in English and a minor in Gender Studies, during which she was the president of the feminist club for two years and led workshops about supporting survivors of sexual violence and, separately, writing.
Other things of note: she is an MFA dropout (one day, she’ll write about it), she has a kitten named Dr. Yang (Grey’s Anatomy forever), and is always in pursuit of fluffier eyebrows.
Favorite movies/TV: Good Girls, Steven Universe, You’re The Worst, Bob’s Burgers, Tuca & Bertie, Away We Go, Tales of The City, The Fosters, only the San Junipero episode of Black Mirror, A Wrinkle In Time, The Good Place, Howl’s Moving Castle, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and all of the slow, gay indie movies on Netflix.
Writers: Sarah Waters, Morgan Parker, Maggie Nelson, Larissa Lai, Mona Awad, Justin Torres, Tracy K. Smith, Paisley Rekdal, Ellen Wittlinger, Jia Tolentino, Tressie McMillan, Khaled Hosseini.
Favorite music: Sad pop songs targeted to 16 year old girls with anxiety.
Turn-ons: Listening to the same song over and over, coffee ice cubes, small art museums, queer friendship, wearing band tees that make men angry.
Turn-offs: fake body positivity, celery, white girls using the phrase “slim thick” as their Instagram captions, people who flirt with waitresses, watery coffee.
Secretly wishes she were: a florist/astronaut/doula.
Marina Watanabe, senior social media editor
Marina is a social media enthusiast, cat mom, and INFP. Born and raised in Sacramento, she recently moved to Los Angeles and is still largely unimpressed. She graduated from Sacramento State University with a B.S. in Women’s Studies and Communications
Aside from her work as Bitch’s senior social media editor, she hosted an intersectional web series called Feminist Fridays that analyzed topics like queer representation, multiracial identity, mental health, and Game of Thrones. Her work has been featured on Upworthy, Elle, Refinery29, Ms., Bustle, Everyday Feminism, MTV’s Decoded, GLAAD, and more. Formerly, she was the social media manager and a contributor at Everyday Feminism.
You can find Marina writing about YouTube culture and reluctantly feuding with influencers on Twitter.
Favorite Shows: BoJack Horseman, Bob’s Burgers, Degrassi, Steven Universe, PEN15, King of the Hill, The Good Place, Buffy, The Office, and (begrudgingly) Game of Thrones
Favorite Movies: Lady Bird, Ex Machina, Parasite, Little Miss Sunshine, Eighth Grade, What We Do in the Shadows, Get Out, The Farewell, Booksmart, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Twilight
Turn-ons: Pizza Goldfish, when Bath & Body Works candles go on sale, succulents, Oscar Isaac
Turn-offs: Olives, cleaning the bathroom, people who think they’re too good for Twilight
Soraya Membreno, publisher
Soraya Membreno is a daughter of Nicaraguan immigrants and a pre-Lebron Miami local. An astrophysics geek turned cultural/literary theory junkie, she eventually settled on an English major from Williams College. She obsesses (and occasionally writes) about issues of accessibility, representation, and culture-straddling/identity building in literature and academia. Her writing has appeared in Catapult, Post No Ills, and The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. Her professional background includes editing and production at Union Station Magazine, development for various literary nonprofits including Poets & Writers and Cave Canem, and orchestrating public call-outs for gender parity at GenderAvenger. She is currently hiding from winter in Los Angeles.
Alison Vu, director of fundraising
Alison Vu is the director of fundraising at Bitch Media. A lifelong advocate for nonprofits, Alison has dedicated her career to working behind the scenes and ensuring the success of missions close to her heart. She formerly worked in feminist organizing, philanthropy in homelessness services, and most recently in individual giving and communications at a civil rights organization. A lifelong Southern California native, Alison received her Bachelor’s in Criminology at UC Irvine and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Fatal weakness: yarn, and other products that come in a large spectrum of color options
Favorite screen stuff: Fringe, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Terrace House, The Princess Diaries, romantic comedies
Turn-ons: sunlight, nut-allergy friendly food options, proper bus etiquette
Turn-offs: spelling people’s names wrong, misplacing items, not indicating to make a turn
Secretly wishes she was: the other Alison Vu, a textile and jewelry designer
Korin Lykam, director of data and operational systems
Korin Lykam joined the Bitch Media team in January of 2015. She was raised in a very small, conservative town in central California, and then escaped to the University of California in Santa Cruz. There she studied languages (she used to know Italian) with the dream of being an ex-pat, and relying on a Trinity School of London TESOL certificate and her native English for job security–and then discovered she didn’t like public speaking. Through her work with small business administration, she fell in love with systems, data and databases and gets a thrill when everything works. She is also the proud author of a large collection of unfinished speculative fiction novels and short stories, a collection that began when she was ten years old. Korin spends her spare time consuming and producing weird fiction, convincing herself to exercise, trying to grow a green thumb, daydreaming, and hanging out with her dog.
Fatal weakness: video games
Favorite authors: Octavia Butler, Ursula Le Guin, Margaret Atwood, Paolo Bacigalupi, Neil Gaiman, Frank Herbert
Favorite TV: Firefly, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Cowboy Bebop, Downton Abbey–any British show set in the early 1900’s, really.
Favorite movies: I heart Huckabees, Kung Fu Hustle, Princess Mononoke, indy rom coms, Guardians of the Galaxy
Turn-ons: mornings at home with a mug of coffee, surprise adventures, coincidences, efficient errand-running
Turn-offs: tangled extension cords, cold weather, needlesSecretly wishes she were: a voice actor
Danny Fish, bookkeeper and operations support manager
Danny is a musician and general nerd who has spent most of their time on the clock working in operations, bookkeeping and as a music teacher. They worked as the Music Director and Assistant Manager of School of Rock in Portland from 2011-2017. In addition to working at Bitch, they are currently freelance bookkeeping for non-profits and radical small businesses including Point of Pride, Hiveworks Comics and 109 World while also maintaining a small guitar and bass teaching schedule.
Before all of this, they grew up in a fundamentalist Christian sect in North Florida and moved to PDX in 2009 in search of gay, trans and feminist community after receiving a B.S in Theology at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Originally connecting with Bitch by DJing disco vinyl at our issue release parties and curating a few of our BitchTapes, they’ve been a long time fan of the magazine. Off the clock Danny can be found gigging, recording, snacking and chatting.
Fatal weaknesses: craigslist, conspiracy theories, memes, group chats, cutting my own hair
Favorite bass players: Carol Kaye, James Jamerson, Andy Roark, Peter Hook, Geezer Butler
Favorite tv stuff: Daria, GOT, Insecure, The Bachelorette/Bachelor franchise, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, Arthur, Doug, Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, Buffy, The Office, Escape To The Country
Turn-ons: ice water year round, sleeping, food, jokes, physical forms of music media, details
Writers: Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, Jeanette Winterson, Carter Sickels, Alison Bechdel
Secretly wishes they were: a screen actor Music: Team Dresch, ESG, The Wipers, Frank Ocean, Neo Boys, Shuggie Otis, Hole, The Cure, Liz Phair, Sleater-Kinney, Solange, Oasis, Eve’s Peach, The World, The Lemonheads, Cocteau Twins, MBV, The Pastels, Mope Grooves, Hailu Mergia, Prince, Kiki Gyan, The Clean, Julee Cruise, Sylvester, B-52s, Space Lady, Black Sabbath, Sneaks
Oliver Haug | Writing Fellow in Sexual Politics
Oliver Haug is a writer and recent graduate of Smith College, currently based in their hometown of Berkeley, California. They have previously written for Ms. magazine and the New York Times’ newsletter “The Edit.” They enjoy writing about gender, family, unlikely trans narratives, and Frankenstein.
Jenna Mahale | Writing Fellow in Technology
Jenna Mahale is a freelance journalist and editor living in the United Kingdom who is extremely, extremely online. She writes and edits primarily for i-D, covering film, art, music, books, beauty, politics, and digital culture, especially frog memes. Find her on Twitter @jennamahale.
Amanda Gokee | Writing Fellow in Global Feminism
Amanda Gokee is a writer living in Vermont. Her recent work has been published by the Los Angeles Review of Books, Atlas Obscura, and VTDigger, among others.
Jennifer Chang | Writing Fellow in Pop Culture Criticism
Jennifer Chang is a born-and-raised Californian and brand strategist living in New York, with a degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is fascinated by pop culture’s intersection with social systems and power structures, and passionate about fostering empathy through storytelling. She writes an infrequent blog and is very opinionated on Twitter.