Bitch magazine: feeding the feminist stereotype

Bitch is a bitch, and she’s not afraid to show it.  Described as a “feminist response to pop culture,” Bitch Magazine reviews today’s media from a feminist perspective.  Traditionally, the stigma attached to feminism has characterized women in a raw, strident, burn their bras, mean light. Bitch, unfortunately, does nothing to dispel the stereotype.

            Right away their delightfully titled front of the book section, “Love It/Shove It,” first takes issue with a new exercise alternative to yoga called PraiseMoves.  The exercise, which was developed by an actor named Laurette Willis, was a response to the belief that Yoga could be used to lure Christians from the word of God because of its ties to Hinduism.  Granted, the whole concept fits into a so-weird-you-couldn’t-make-this-stuff-up category when Willis advises women to “ Decide to quit eating at a certain time.  Write it down, hold it up to the Lord and ask him to help you.”  The magazine takes the criticism one step further by calling PraiseMoves a “myopic double standard” that implies women need the regimen more than men.

Next, Bitch takes aim at the development of a pill in Scotland that may raise women’s libidos and lower their appetites, claiming that researchers are trying to turn women into “emaciated sex machines.”  First I would like to point out my concern for America’s unhealthy obsession with quick weight loss solutions.  That having been said, I don’t know many women alive that wouldn’t take that pill if offered.  Get off your high horse Bitch.

However, Bitch might just have some of the finest writing in a magazine today.  In a thought-provoking article on the Quiverfull movement, (a movement among some conservative protestant couples that view kids as a gift from god, consequently turning their backs on any kind of family planning or birth control) which was made famous by reality TV’s the Duggars family and their 17 children, Kate Dixon writes: “Make no mistake, these families are not multiplying like bunnies because it is fun.  They are in it to win it…And though the odds of them winning are slim, when someone wages war against you and your slightly off-the-wall ideas that women are equal, contraceptives are a valid choice, and church and state are separate entities, you sit up and take notice.”

Other well written articles that are included in the bi-monthly magazine’s current issue are a commentary on Hollywood’s recent baby boom and the subsequent depiction of single motherhood, and an interesting piece on what really constitutes virginity in today’s society.  

In all honesty, there is no comparison I can make, because there is nothing quite like this magazine, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

In the end, it is not the content that offends this feminist, but the way it is presented.  While viewed by some as a dedication to the cause, Bitch’s strong point of view implies that committing to anything other than the staunchest of believes somehow makes one less of a strong woman. 

– Larissa Padden 


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