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Bitch Mag

13th Mar 2012

Bitch Mag

They are made for light, entertaining and occasionally comedic reading for women away from a male dominated world, but you don’t log on and think ‘feminist’.

Bitch Mag is 100% to-the-very -ore feminist, and it is not for the faint-hearted.

This America publication boasts the simple by-line “Feminist Response to Pop Culture”, which it is, but it feels like so much more.

The website is simple, choosing words over aesthetics, and you can literally spend hours browsing through the huge diverse range of subjects, all composed by brilliant writers who obviously have an intense passion for what they are discussing.

From high-school debates to top level politics, you’ll find anything that takes your fancy on this site composed in an academic and professional tone, showing that they’ve really got the bigwigs of feminism writing for them, making Bitch one of the cornerstones of making feminism prominent in the infinite mass of the internet.

I have to admit, I prefer the magazine, of which I received my first copy of recently.

I’m a real sucker for magazines, spending an embarrassing chunk of my money every month on glossy fashion and gossip weekly mags, as well as artsy independent publications that take pride of place on my table when I’m trying to show off.

There’s something about a magazine that I prefer to a website; maybe it’s the physicality of having something in your hand to read,maybe it’s the permanent nature of the paper you don’t get with a website. I don’t know, but I decided to subscribe to Bitch for a year for just about £30.

Despite the cover resembling New Scientist magazine, the content of the magazine was far more to my taste than the occasionally over-whelming website discussions that, I’ll admit, sometimes go way over my head.

Issue 54 boasts as much diversity as the website, making me feel as though I’ve got quite a lot for my money. Again, words over aesthetics reign true in the pages of the magazine, though the small amount of artwork in the pages is effective and has a simplistic beauty.

It was the article about the new internet sensation ‘fatshion’ that initially caught my eye as I have pretty mixed-views about the craze, and the writing within was pretty phenomenal.

Emotional without being over-dramatic, Lesley Kinzel makes zero assumptions about the reader and simply puts forth her thoughts and experiences in an approachable yet challenging style covering most aspects of the movement in a fluent and continually interesting manner.

Other compelling pieces include an article about how “web sci-fi is bucking whitewashed Hollywood” looking at how new internet sci-fi series’ are putting women and ethnic people into the limelight as Hollywood continues to cast white male leads.

A review of the UK based feminist camp ran by UK Feminista made for insightful reading, drawing upon positives and negatives in equal measure.

“What search engines say about women” reveals that which I’m sure many alongside me have never realised about devices we’d assume would be straightforward and impartial.

Make-up, music, film, internet comment boards, apps, literature, fashion, guns, homosexuality, film, TV, media…this magazine misses nothing and writes in such a fine manner that it’s one of the few magazines out there you want to save to dip into time and time again, making the year’s subscription financially worthwhile.

You’ll learn something when reading this magazine, but you won’t feel as though you are being actively challenged, which I consider to be the only downfall of the website.

Check out the website; it’s interesting, compelling, and will fuel the feminist within thanks to the pure passion of the writing. If you have a spare £30 I would strongly recommend the subscription to the magazine as it’s something that’ll stay with you for a long time.

Also, you get some pretty interesting looks on your commute sitting back with a magazine with the word ‘bitch’ dominating the front page.

Gina Kershaw