Election season and all its depressing, futile rhetoric is killing my soul bit by bit. I’m tired of issues being swept under the rug. I’m tired of people complaining about gas prices. I’m tired of the lack of discussion about the criminal justice system, the prison-industrial complex, and the cradle to prison pipeline.
One thing that makes me feel a little bit better are the smart, thoughtful articles written at Bitch Media. You are probably familiar with it, but if not, I’ll quote their website:
-Word Worldwide, doing business as Bitch Media, is the nonprofit organization best known for publishing the magazine Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. Bitch Media’s mission is to provide and encourage an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture.
We seek to be a fresh, revitalizing voice in contemporary feminism, one that welcomes complex arguments and refuses to ignore the contradictory and often uncomfortable realities of life in an unequivocally gendered world. We seek to forge connections between the messages we get through the media and pop culture and the commercial agendas of the corporations behind them, and we hope to foment an ongoing dialogue for readers that continues beyond the pages of the magazine, the blog posts, and the podcasts episodes that we produce.
Bitch has a diverse audience, which keeps the dialogue and the movement we’re a part of dynamic and strong. But Bitch is also uniquely situated to draw in young readers who are at a critical moment in their lives—a moment when they are discovering feminism and activism, finding answers to who they are, and questioning the definitions of gender, sexuality, power and agency prescribed by the mainstream media. Bitch not only plays a role in exploring these topics, it also provides a toolkit for engaging in analysis that promotes activism and impels social change.
So, in an effort to support Bitch Media and their great work, as well as introduce a new person to their magazine, I’m going to buy a gift subscription for a lucky reader!
In order to enter the contest, please comment below about why you are interested in receiving Bitch, what is making YOU tired in this election, and what issues would you like to see brought to the forefront of the debate. Winner will be chosen by a random number generator, but the winning comment must address the questions above.
If you’d like to comment and let someone else win, please still comment! Just say as much. I love commentz!
Contest ends Monday, October 22nd at 5pm.
krissie the feminist