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BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine Paperback – August 8, 2006
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"Bitch" magazine - insightful, educational, hilarious - has been exploring "feminist response to pop culture" for the past decade and, at long last, several essays from the magazine have been collected into a book. The advent of "Bitchfest" is a blessing: the earliest issues of "Bitch" are nigh impossible to find anywhere due to the magazine's non-glamorous beginnings at a copy shop in the Bay Area (no glossy, Midtown Manhattan celebrity-laden launch for Bitch -- and we're all the better for it). I'm glad to finally have the opportunity to read some of the earliest essays.
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How cool is it that some of my favorite essays are together at last? From Lori Tharp's well thought out rant on the absence of black characters from contemporary sitcoms to the snarky and oh-so-funny "Ten Things to Hate About JANE" (a dead-on critique of JANE magazine), each essay proves how all-pervasive pop culture has become, and why feminist thought can not afford to ignore it.
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"Bitchfest" also succeeds as a critical history of the feminist movement - one of the most incisive pieces in the book discusses the disconnect that occured when the feminist movement (at various times in its history) refused to single any one person out to be the "spokesperson" (for lack of a better word) for the movement. The result? The media anointed their own person, leading to infighting and yes, even pettiness that showcases the frustrations that can arise while trying to promote an egalitarian movement in a sensationalistic, media-controlled world.
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What I really like about Bitch Magazine, more so than Bust, is that the articles are more theoretical and erudite. I don't consider them dry, but I am WS educator and view BM as more a cutting edge zine that demonstrates the various feminist strands that exist today in the 3rd Wave, No Wave era of the feminist movement.
Buy this book! Subscribe to the zine for thoughtful, well-written articles about all sorts of issues.
After that plug, let me just say that I don't always agree with the essays. Some will definitely leave you with that sense that you want to grab a coffee with a friend and hammer out some of your thoughts.
- All of the articles are well written, if a bit dry at times.
- Even if you don't agree 100% with what the author is saying they usually make some good points and at least make you think.
- Many different views of feminism are offered.
I highly reccomend this along with a subscription to Bitch Magazine.
really talks about feminism in depth through a series of high-quality articles provided from the "Bitch" magazine.
For everyone interested/passionate about feminism/women's rights
or anyone simply looking for an enjoyable book to read,
this is a must!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For me as an academically unpolished English reader the book was a clear, well organized and fun lecture. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Flora Pudelkova
I am a woman, and used to like Bitch.
But even I have my limits. After enough years, issue after issue of uncompromising anger and judgement turned even me off. Read more
But it is still opening the mind and heart with it's stories and crossing bridges...i am going to refrain from specifics until I read more of it.Published on December 17, 2013 by onegirlpedals
You will find yourself explained here, your friends, and learn about new perspectives you may have only passively heard about.Published on August 8, 2013 by Megan
I very much enjoyed reading these essays again. Even though time could have made them a little less relevant, I find that is not the case. Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by violetcherry
every magazine must hope for when showcasing its best work. Thoughtful and far-reaching with enough light-hearted stuff to make it amusing bedtime reading... Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by E. Jahneke
I bought this book because I've read a couple issues of Bitch Magazine and have been pretty impressed so far. Read morePublished on December 25, 2011 by B.E.
This is a great collection of writings from a thought-provoking website. A little bit of something for every fem reader.Published on January 27, 2011 by Libster2122
The price of the book alone is worth the stunning introduction by comedienne Margaret Cho. She'll give any woman enough reason to declare with sincerity that she is a bitch without... Read morePublished on January 24, 2010 by RealGrrl