Episode 13 - Andi Zeisler
Andi Zeisler cofounded Bitch Magazine in 1996, It has grown into Bitch Media, a feminism-meets-pop-culture independent media conglomerate.
Her book, We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement is a detailed history of feminism in media and culture, and a takedown of the easy and breezy way celebrities and fan culture and products are taking on the term “feminist,” even to the extent that boys all over are wearing “This is what a feminist looks like” t-shirts for street cred with the ladies. Zeisler argues that while there is good to this, it’s also just . . . too easy, too ignorant of history, a capitalist co-optation of a century-plus old social and political movement into what she and others are calling “marketplace feminism.”
Her article, “The Bitch America Needs,” in support of Hillary Clinton for President, appeared in the New York Times last Saturday, 9/10/16.
If you want to hear her discuss the naming of the magazine, or the word “bitch” in general, there’s plenty on youtube. It didn’t come up in our discussion.
Vanity insists that I tell you I was getting over a nasty summer headcold at the time.
We talked, Skype to celphone, in August.
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Huge thanks as ever to Ed Patenaude as always for making me sound pretty, even with a cold.