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Archive for September 18th, 2008

Magazines Matter

Things have been a bit quiet over the last week or so here at the Anti-Room, for various reasons, so sorry about that – we are all still alive, just very busy! But not too busy to raise awareness of some other female pop-culture junkies in their hour of need. The excellent and entertaining “feminist response to pop culture” Bitch Magazine is in financial trouble and looking for donations.“>I’ve been reading the magazine for about ten years now, and while I don’t always agree with every writer, I always really enjoy the way Bitch analyses, criticises and, yes, praises various portrayals of women in pop culture, from ads to TV shows to the internet.
It’s not as frothy as Bust, which I’ve been reading for about the same length of time, and yes, there are times when it can be a wee bit po-faced, but it’s always smart, readable, thought provoking and interesting, and I’m really glad it’s still around – over the last few years, some of the biggest and most important print zines like Punk Planet have bit the dust because of rising production costs. Much as I love reading stuff on the internet (and I’ve been reading content-driven sites since I discovered the awesome Blair back in 1996), there’s something special about holding an actual magazine in your hands. Bust and Bitch are the only magazines that I actually hang onto these days instead of throwing them into the recycling tub (weirdly enough, in my teens and college days, when I had far less money, I bought way more magazines, and kept almost all of them, which is why every single issue of the NME, Select, the Face and Vogue between 1991 and about 1997 are still under the bed and dressing table of my old boudoir in my parents house).

So if you want to support independent media in general and one of the few magazines that treat women with respect and encourage them to look critically at the way they’re depicted in the media, then give the Bitch ladies a fiver.

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