In a Tuesday statement, Bitch Media announced that they will cease all operations in June 2022. According to the staff’s statement, the decision was made after a “multitude of challenges” over recent years, and the sad conclusion was reached “despite incredible effort” upon concluding “that we are unable to sustainably continue creating the quality content that our readers and supporters expect.”
“We feel incredibly lucky to have turned what was once a stapled-together zine into a media organization that published a talented and diverse slate of new voices and inspired an incredible amount of loyalty from people who became not just readers but stakeholders in our work,” the statement continues. “And we are proud to leave a quarter-century legacy as a fresh, revitalizing voice in both contemporary feminism and independent publishing. We will miss all those who accompanied us on this journey. Thank you for everything.”
Bitch was launched in 1996 by Lisa Jervis, Benjamin Shaykin, and Andi Zeisler as a feminist response to pop culture. Readers are pouring out their support on social media, to which I add my own broken-heart emoji (💔) and a deep well of gratitude.
Bitch Media’s quarter-century legacy of shaping contemporary feminism through provocative dialogue comes to a close.
— Bitch Media (@BitchMedia) April 12, 2022