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Guide to the Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture Records, 1996-2008

Abstract

In 1996, Bitch: Feminst Response to Pop Culture was created by Lisa Jervis, Benjamin Shaykin, and Andi Zeisler. After having a hard time finding critiques of sexism in pop culture in magazines and self published zines, they decided to make their own. Their goals are to write about sexism in pop culture, propose alternatives, and promote pop products that are pro-woman and pro-feminism.

Chiefly production records for magazine issues, including drafts and edited copy for articles, laser printer and resin-coated paper page layouts, and color proofs. Includes editorial correspondence, research files, meeting notes, promotional and subscription material, audio cassette and mini-cassette tapes, VHS tape, mini-disks, color and black-and-white photographs, negatives, and color transparencies. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture
Title
Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture records 1996-2008
Language of Material
English
Extent
11.5 Linear Feet, 6000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Chiefly production records for magazine issues, including drafts and edited copy for articles, laser printer and resin-coated paper page layouts, and color proofs. Includes editorial correspondence, research files, meeting notes, promotional and subscription material, audio cassette and mini-cassette tapes, VHS tape, mini-disks, color and black-and-white photographs, negatives, and color transparencies. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

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Contents of the Collection

Accounting records, 1996
Box 1
Subscription information, 1996
Box 1
Correspondence, 1996-1997
Box 1
Submissions, 1996-1999
Box 1
Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture benefit party invite, 1997
Box 1
Press clips, 1996-1998
Box 1
Research material and drafts of issue No. 1, 1996
Box 1
Research material and drafts of issue No. 2, 1996
Box 1
Drafts of Vol 2., No. 2 - Vol. 3, No. 3, 1996-1999
Box 1
Galley of Vol. 3, No. 3, 1999 (Issue 9)
Box 2
Drafts of No. 10

Original folder lists this as issue 4.1 which is the same as No. 10.

Box 2
Drafts of No. 11-12, 1999-2000
Box 2
Reader's letters, 1997-2001
Box 2
Color transparencies, 2001
Box 2
Cover wrappers of Vol.2, No. 3 and Vol. 3, No. 1, 1997-1998
Box 2
Issues of Vol. 1, No. 1 - Issue No. 14, 1996-2001
Box 2
Photos and negatives, 1996 and undated
Box 3
9 cassette tapes and 7 micro-cassette tapes, 1998-1999 and undated
Box 3
Resumes, 1996, and 1998-2001
Box 3
Subscription renewal and ad rates, undated
Box 3
Research material, 1997-2002
Box 3
Printing estimates, 1998-2001
Box 3
Budget drafts - FY2002
Box 3
Clean copy of No. 11, 1999
Box 3
Submissions, 2000
Box 3
Drafts of No. 13-14, 2000-2001
Box 3
Corrected proofs, No. 14, 2001
Box 3
Clean copy, No. 14-16, 2001-2002
Box 4
Corrected proofs, No. 17-18, 2002
Box 4
Drafts of No. 15-16, 2001-2002

Do not go by what is at the bottom of the proofs. Even though proofs say No. 15, articles were published in issue No. 17. Arranged here by what was actually published.

Box 4
Drafts of issues ranging from No. 16-21, 2001-2003

Again, do not go by what is at the bottom of proofs. Arranged by what was actually published and what corresponds to that issue/number.

Box 5
Correspondence with distributors/publishers, 1996-2000
Box 5
Insertion orders, 1999-2002
Box 5
Reader's letters, 2000-2004
Box 6
Pitches and research material, 2003
Box 6
Design and layout, No.22-25, 2003-2004
Box 6
Budget Sheets, FY2003-04
Box 6
Shipping gallies, 1999-2002
Box 6
Proofs, No. 22-23, 2003-2004
Box 6
Proofs No.23, 2004
Box 7
1 VHS tape, 1997
Box 7
1 audiocassette tape, undated
Box 7
5 minidisks, 2004-2006 and undated
Box 7
Research material, 1995-1997, and 2001-2002
Box 7
Lineups, No. 29-34, 2005-2007
Box 7
Correspondence, 2001-2002
Box 7
Pitches 2002-2003
Box 7
Letters to the Editor, 2001-2004
Box 8
Slides, undated
Box 8
2 Contact sheets from benefit, undated
Box 8
Proofs, No. 25-28, 2004-2005
Box 8
Proofs No. 28-31, 2005-2006
Box 9
Proofs No. 31-33, 2006
Box 10
BITCHFest reviews, 2006
Box 10
Photocopy of first pass proofs of BITCHFest
Box 10
Drafts of BITCHFest
Box 11
First pass proofs of BITCHFest
Box 11
Proofs of BITCHFest (first, second, and third passes)
Box 12
Laser prints of BITCHFest, 2006
Box 13
Photos from Vol. 1, No. 1, 1996
Box 13
Laser prints of Vol. 1, No.1, 1996
Box 13
Linos of Vol. 1, No. 2 - Vol. 2, No. 2, 1996-1997
Box 13
Color proofs of covers Nos. 8, 10, 11, and 14, 1998-1999 and 2001
Box 13
Laser prints of No. 14, 2001
Box 13
Transparencies, No. 17, Summer 2002
Box 14
Awards 1999, 2001, 2003
Box 14
Journal/meeting notes, 2001-undated
Box 14
Correspondence, 2003-2008
Box 14
Cover art for Nos. 20, 21, 35, 36, and 41, 2003, 2007-2008
Box 14
Essays on feminist publishing, 2004 and undated
Box 14
Layout, No. 29, 2005
Box 14
Queries and pitches, 2006-2008
Box 14
Proofs, No. 35, Spring 2007

First folder contains pages of layout labeled No. 33. It is actually for No. 35.

Box 14
Proofs, No. 35, Spring 2007
Box 15
Proofs, No. 37, Fall 2007
Box 15
Bear Deluxe No. 25, Summer 2007

Contains interview with Andi Zeisler and Debbie Rasmussen.

Box 16
Clean copy, No. 38, Winter 2008
Box 16
Proofs, No. 39, Spring 2008
Box 16
Proofs, No. 41, Fall 2008
Box 16
Photographs, negatives, contact sheets, undated
Box 16
Promotional material, undated
Box 16
Research material, undated
Box 16
Cover art and design, Nos. 20, 21, 31, 41, 2003, 2006, 2008
Box 17
2006 wall calendar
Box 17
Poster from show and silent auction, 2007
Box 17
Meeting notes, undated
Box 17

Historical Note

In 1996, Bitch: Feminst Response to Pop Culture was created by Lisa Jervis, Benjamin Shaykin, and Andi Zeisler. As feminists and pop culture addicts, Lisa and Andi shared not only experiences as interns at Sassy magazine, but also an interest in creative, humorous, and biting analysis of sexism in pop culture. After having a hard time finding this in magazines and self published zines, they decided to make their own. The goals of their magazine were to "point out the everyday sexism of popular culture, propose alternatives, and celebrate pro-woman, pro-feminism pop products." Bitch magazine includes critiques of magazines, TV, films, advertising, and other pop culture areas. Also included are new book and movie reviews and interviews with feminist "pop culture makers".

Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture is published by B-Word Worldwide, a non-profit independent, feminist media organization in the making. In addition to publishing this magazine, B-Word hopes to become a larger mutlimedia organization by branching out to have a larger online presence, as well as book publishing and audio and video production.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture Records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture Records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2001. Additions were received in 2002, 2003, 2007, and 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Rachel Ingold, November 2008

Encoded by Rachel Ingold, November 2008

Accessions 2001-0240, 2002-0278, 2003-0266, 2007-0018, 2007-0192, and 2008-0256 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.