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Bitch Magazine

I'm passing this along to everyone, maybe you will be interested in subscribing. This is literally my favorite magazine out there right now. [edit: here is their web page.]

As many of you know, Bitch has always functioned on a shoestring budget, especially in the spreading-the-word department. Well, our mid-year financial statements show that the shoestring has gotten even stringier of late. We're falling pretty short of our projected magazine sales for the year, and to ensure that there's a Bitch next year and for many years to come, we need your help now. To put it bluntly, we need more subscribers. About 3,000 more.

When people buy Bitch at a bookstore, we eventually (four to five months later) get between $1.77 and $1.98 of the $4.95 plus tax that it costs. When people subscribe, they pay only $3.75 per issue (better for them), and we get all of the money right away (better for us).

A lot of people think that buying Bitch on the newsstand supports us just as much as subscribing. Some even think it's more helpful because it convinces bookstores that Bitch is worth carrying. But the bottom line is that Bitch is much better off having you as a subscriber than as a newsstand buyer. (Of course we'd rather have people buying it in the bookstore than not buying it at all, but I promise that stores will continue to stock the magazine, and new newsstand buyers will always come along.)

And then there are all those folks out there who say, "Oh, yeah, Bitch, I've thumbed through that in the bookstore/been to the website/read a friend's copy, and I always meant to subscribe." Now is the time to get all of these people to actually sign up!

Here's what you can do to help:

-If you are not a subscriber right now, become one today. Go to www.bitchmagazine.com/merch.htm, call us toll-free at 877-21-BITCH, or send a check for $15 to Bitch, 1611 Telegraph Ave Ste. 515, Oakland CA 94612.

-Buy gifts for your friends and family. Multiple subscriptions are even cheaper: $15 for the first and $12 for each additional. See info above, and please note: If you are ordering online, the discount for multiple subscriptions will not show up automatically. Write a note in the comments field about it (along with the other addresses, of course) and we will manually adjust the price.

-Pass this message along. This e-mail is going out to about 700 or so people. To meet our goal, every one of you would need to buy 4.3 subscriptions--or we would collectively need to reach out to a whole bunch more than 700 of Bitch's closest friends. So please send this to anyone you know who likes the magazine or who you think would like the magazine. Help us get the word out!

-Tell people about Bitch. Read it on public transportation. Leave a copy in places where people will discover it (your local coffee house, your college's student center, the waiting room at your friendly women's health clinic, etc.). If you want to take part in a more formal effort to do this, e-mail publicity director Marisa Meltzer at marisa@bitchmagazine.com and tell her you're interested in helping to promote the magazine in your area.

-Buy a t-shirt, too. We have a bunch of styles now and they're super-cute. If you're an exhibitionist, we also have very happenin' underwear for sale. (Pictures and descriptions are at www.bitchmagazine.com/merch.htm.)

-Pester your local library to buy a subscription (they really do listen to patron requests).

-Donate a subscription to your local campus women's center, community resource center, or the like.

Anything you can do to get us further toward the goal of 3,000 subscriptions will help Bitch be strong and healthy!

With gratitude,
Lisa

--
Lisa Jervis
Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture
PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW ADDRESS!
1611 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 515
Oakland, California 94612
510-625-9390/lisa@bitchmagazine.com/www.bitchmagazine.com

Comments

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rob_donoghue
Jul. 16th, 2003 06:42 am (UTC)
So, what makes it an intereesting magazine?
snidegrrl
Jul. 16th, 2003 06:53 am (UTC)
Hrm. It's a well-balanced magazine that critiques popular culture as well as promoting indie culture, but it's slicker and more professional and well-edited than just about any zine I have ever read. I learn more about new music and recieve more thoughtful input on living in western culture from this magazine than I do from any other, Ms. is kind of excluded from comparison because I think they are trying to do two seperate things. It gathers quotes, news, and information from disparate sources and promotes the ideas (or critiques them) in ways I can't find anywhere else. The authors of the articles seem well read and write cohesive, thoughful articles.

This month's theme is "maturity" as it is the 21st issue of the magazine. There's an article on shifting in the english language, an interview with an activist living in Baghdad, a critique of race in the Steve Martin vehicle Bringing Down the House, an interview with a teenager who wrote a memoir at 14, and a tongue in cheek assessment of the local toystore shelves. There are lots of small inserts with information on what kind of political and social action is going on, the advertisements are often for things I might actually want to buy.

And why would I subscribe to this magazine when I can find good articles online, seek out political action online, etc? Well, for one thing I'm kind of a paper fetishist. But also, I haven't actually found a website so well put together and that fits all these disparate threads (feminist books, music, ideas) in one place.

The other thing I like about Bitch is its devotion to, essentially, humanism. It is very concious of class, age, race, etc. issues.

I'll shut up now. There's no other magazine, apart from Ms., which I have deemed worthy of subscribing to. Gah!!
rob_donoghue
Jul. 16th, 2003 07:06 am (UTC)
This month's theme is "maturity" as it is the 21st issue of the magazine. There's an article on shifting in the english language, an interview with an activist living in Baghdad, a critique of race in the Steve Martin vehicle Bringing Down the House, an interview with a teenager who wrote a memoir at 14, and a tongue in cheek assessment of the local toystore shelves. There are lots of small inserts with information on what kind of political and social action is going on, the advertisements are often for things I might actually want to buy.

Hnh. That breakdown bats about .600 for me.

I entirely appreciate the magic of paper - I regret only that archiving of magazines remains the worlds biggest pain in the ass.

I'll have to do somethign unethical like flip through a copy at borders sometime.
snidegrrl
Jul. 16th, 2003 07:16 am (UTC)
That breakdown bats about .600 for me.

ermmmm....

translation? :)

if you're in a border's, then by all means! i noticed when i was there monday morning they still had the old issue. also, if you ever happen to be at my house... wait! i am doing nothing tonight. icould drop some by. or we could meet at border's however that will only end in me spending money. buh. if not tonight sometime this weekend; tonight was hopefully a night in for me.
rob_donoghue
Jul. 16th, 2003 07:52 am (UTC)
Of five elements listed , 3 appeal, so 60%, which is, in baseball terms, batting .60, which is superhumanly good for baseball, and reasonably good for real life.
schpahky
Jul. 16th, 2003 08:32 am (UTC)
And thank you for posting this, too - I have been putting off getting a subscription even as I pinion people's arms behind them while forcing them to read the damn magazine. I will spread the word.
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snidegrrl
Jul. 16th, 2003 09:00 pm (UTC)
YAY! If this magazine goes away I swear I will be miserable.
fishy42
Jul. 16th, 2003 01:35 pm (UTC)
Donations?
So, I get *way* to many magazines, and would never read a subscription, but I would love to donate one. Anybody have any suggestions as to where?
cheetahmaster
Jul. 16th, 2003 06:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Donations?
...your local library?
snidegrrl
Jul. 16th, 2003 09:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Donations?
Good question. George Mason is local to you, what about their library? Hrm...
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