Andi Zeisler, Bitch Magazine
Welcome to Late Night Conversation! This week we feature Andi Zeisler, co-founder and editorial/creative director at Bitch Media. Bitch Media is the nonprofit organization best known for publishing the magazine Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. Since 1996, the magazine has provided smart, witty, and thought-provoking commentary on and analysis of TV, film, music, advertising, books, and more. They are dedicated to providing and encouraging an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture.
There is something wonderful about a magazine as a tangible object. I think a lot of our readers are people who really respond to that and who would be very sad to lose it…Magazines are being launched and created as each publication’s beautiful objects that aren’t necessarily meant to be read and recycled; they’re meant to be shared and kept and put in your library alongside books. —Andi
Former Late Night Library intern Jyoti Roy guest hosts this episode. She and Andi discuss the reclaiming of the word “bitch,” the history of the magazine, and the evolution of feminism in the U.S. since the 1980s.
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About our guest:
Andi Zeisler is the co-founder of Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. A longtime freelance writer and illustrator, her work has appeared in such publications as Ms., Mother Jones, Utne, BUST, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Andi speaks frequently on the subject of feminism and the media at various colleges and universities, and is currently working on a second book about feminism and popular culture.
About our guest host:
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Jyoti cofounded the small press publishing and distribution house Beating Hearts Press. Her writing has appeared in Bitch magazine, Calyx Journal, Maximum Rock n Roll and various zines, mostly centered around feminism, music, and independent publishing. A graduate of Portland State University’s Writing and Publishing program, Jyoti recently served as prose editor of The Portland Review.