The Waves

How the Fall of Bitch Media Is a Sign of Disastrous Things to Come

The feminist outlet going under could not have come at a worse time.

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Episode Notes

On this week’s episode of The Waves, we’re reflecting on the impact of Bitch Media, which started as a zine in the ‘90s, and grew into a print publication and website . Slate staff writer Heather Schwedel is joined by Bitch co-founder Andi Zeisler to talk about the history of Bitch. Then, they explore why feminist media is struggling, despite maybe being more necessary than ever.

In Slate Plus: Is asking if things are feminist, feminist?

Recommendations: 

Heather: Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

Andi: Time Zone J by Julie Doucet

Mentioned in the Show: 

Bitch and the End of Independent Feminist Media” by Jude Ellison S. Doyle

Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus and Alicia Montgomery.

Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to thewaves@slate.com.

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