Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Shameless pitch for Bitch

[This post has been updated]

Bitch magazine of Portland, Oregon is in trouble and in sisterly fashion, Canada's Shameless magazine is making a plea on its behalf, saying that, without Bitch, Shameless and other magazines like it might well not exist. Publisher Stacey May Fowles says in a post on the Shameless blog:
Bitch is not only the reason that magazines like Shameless exist, but it’s also the reason that feminists like me exist. The first issue of Bitch was published in January 1996 and the mag has acted as “a feminist response to pop culture” ever since.
Apparently, Bitch needs to raise $40,000 by October 15 or the current issue may be its last. The Shameless post includes a video featuring Andi Zeisler, co-founder and editorial director and Debbie Rasmussen, director and publisher, making their pitch about the perils of independent magzine publsihing and their own particulars (and introducing a whimsical weiner-dog motif and donations thermometer).

[Update: in just three days, Bitch supporters gave the magazine $46,000.]


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