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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bitching For Funds

posted by on September 17 at 17:13 PM

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books has put up this video featuring two editors of Bitch magazine nicely asking for money. Apparently, the not-for-profit Bitch is going to go under unless people send some cash their way.

I’m very fond of Bitch and I’d hate to see it go. If you can give anything, you should.

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Posted by Mr. Poe | September 17, 2008 5:50 PM

I like Bitch, too, but here's the thing: they need $40K just to make their next print run. How do they plan on addressing their financial needs for the run after that? Will they just keep asking their subscribers for more money?

Because, see, I used to subscribe to Bitch. I ordered a subscription after they sent out a plea for money so they could make their next print run, just like this. And then I never got a single issue, no matter how many times I contacted them to say what the hell, ladies, you took my money and sent me nothing in return. They sure managed to cash my check, though.

Posted by haunted leg | September 17, 2008 5:50 PM

What is it about punky, tattooed dyke feminist chicks that is so fuckin hot?

Posted by trueteller | September 17, 2008 5:55 PM

Well, yes Paul I'm very fond of Bitch too. (And Smart Bitches, Trashy Books for that matter.) But, I agree with what Tracie wrote over on Jezebel, after they raise the money this time what is their long term plan and how exactly does getting into the book publishing business help them.

And, unpopular though the sentiment is, some of the writing in Bitch does, frankly, read like thesis papers from first year women's studies majors.

I would hate to see Bitch fail, I love their spin on popular culture and I've taken many of the recommendations over the years for things to read, listen to, and buy. But, they need to quickly evolve their business model because their ship has been sinking for a while and it doesn't seem like anyone was even trying to bail out the water...

Posted by PopTart | September 17, 2008 5:56 PM

Yes, it's likely that it's over. But that doesn't mean your contribution won't aid them in other ways. I'd rather let them know their work did mean something then to just let it sit and have them second guessing if they should move on to pursue the same line of work.

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 17, 2008 6:14 PM



Posted by Sir Learnsalot | September 17, 2008 6:17 PM

Valid and fair point, Mr. Poe.

Posted by PopTart | September 17, 2008 6:17 PM

They should have incorporated as a bank in Delaware.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | September 17, 2008 7:59 PM

I wish those chicks would make a HUMP video. Would be totally hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by hello world | September 17, 2008 8:26 PM

I want a magazine to hawk my opinion too... Can I have 40 grand?

Posted by Andy | September 17, 2008 11:12 PM

I just sent them some cash, too. True, my $25 probably isn't going to turn around an ailing publication, and yes, there are some articles that read like clunky women's studies essays, but it's always an interesting read, and I respect the work and dedication required to produce it.

Plus, if Bitch goes under, it will no longer be clear to newstand cashiers that I am purchasing Us Weekly and People not because I am shallow, but rather because I am engaged in an intellectural critique of pop culture.

Posted by Kalakalot | September 18, 2008 9:05 AM

Andi Zeisler. So hot.

Posted by Will in STL | September 18, 2008 9:12 AM

@3: The one on the left for sure.

Posted by Greg | September 18, 2008 9:23 AM

maybe they need to give up on print and just be online. would that really be so tragic?

Posted by ellarosa | September 18, 2008 9:45 AM

They DO seem like (annoying) bitches.

It's the semi-removed-but-still-there semi-vally-girl talking style.

Posted by fremontian | September 18, 2008 10:09 AM

#14 - Yes.

Posted by dr. thompkins | September 18, 2008 1:02 PM

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