Right now, we’re looking into migrating our current email platform to a Gmail platform. It saves us a few dollars a year, and it allows us to access the incredible tools that Google provides to countless organizations just like ours around the globe.
But we can’t. Because we can’t register a domain for Google Apps that has the word “bitch” in it. And well, we’re Bitch Media.
In light of those developments, we decided to repost this blurb by our Co-Founder Andi Zeisler explaining just why we’re called Bitch. Please read below and then sign the petition!
For as long as we’ve been publishing Bitch, there’s one question that gets asked over and over. And over. “Why did you choose that word as the name of your magazine?” While we’re aware that the magazine’s title, and the organization’s name, is off-putting to some people, we think it’s worth it. And here’s why.
The writer Rebecca West said, “People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.” We’d argue that the word “bitch” is usually deployed for the same purpose. When it’s being used as an insult, “bitch” is an epithet hurled at women who speak their minds, who have opinions and don’t shy away from expressing them, and who don’t sit by and smile uncomfortably if they’re bothered or offended. If being an outspoken woman means being a bitch, we’ll take that as a compliment.
We know that not everyone’s down with the term. Believe us, we’ve heard all about it. But we stand firm in our belief that if we choose to reappropriate the word, it loses its power to hurt us. And if we can get people thinking about what they’re saying when they use the word, that’s even better.
Bitch. It’s a noun. It’s a verb. It’s a magazine. It’s a feminist media organization.
We’re asking you to take a stance with us—and then we’ll send the petition along to Google to make our case. So, what do you say? Will you take a stand with (for!) Bitch?