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Bitch: A Feminist Response to Pop Culture - - CONTRIBUTORS - —KRISTIN ROGERS BROWN

What are the un­spo­ken things you are de­voted to and, more im­por­tantly, what do they re­veal? In this is­sue, we reach un­der the top­soil and grab at the roots of our cul­tural be­liefs. De­vo­tion isn't just about loy­alty; it's an ex­am­i­na­tion of habit—a mix­ture of in­ter­nal­ized su­pe­ri­or­i­ties and in­fe­ri­or­i­ties, ide­olo­gies, and ob­ses­sions that in­flu­ence our iden­tity and choices as me­dia con­sumers and pop cul­tural en­thu­si­asts. What we are de­voted to dic­tates our pri­or­i­ties and de­ci­sions—par­ent­ing, the Net­flix se­ries worth a week­end binge, a new al­bum drop, protests, and pod­casts. De­vo­tion speaks vol­umes.

We’re not here to tell you what to be de­voted to; these pages were cre­ated so you can lose your­self and/ or find your­self in fem­i­nist me­dia that pushes you for­ward onto new ground. These days, at­ten­tion is a com­mod­ity so it’s crit­i­cal to re­flect on to what and whom we are most de­vout, who and what is most de­serv­ing of that at­ten­tion—and whether we in­clude our own selves in that con­sid­er­a­tion.

Ru­mi­nate on the de­vo­tion of Dr. Wil­lie Parker in his mission to pro­vide marginal­ized women ac­cess to re­pro­duc­tive care and abor­tion. Or be­hold Jor­dan Mcdon­ald’s marvel, “We

Are Not Yours: Black Women Are Supreme but Not Godly,” a crit­i­cal ex­plo­ration of what is lost in the de­ifi­ca­tion of Black women. What do we make of Jay-z’s new­found de­vo­tion to vul­ner­a­bil­ity and what it says about mas­culin­ity, as ex­am­ined by Fredrick Sa­ly­ers in a re­view of 4:44? Or per­haps you feel like be­ing wor­shipped along with Randa Jar­rar in “Both

Slave and Pharaoh: Find­ing the Di­vine in BDSM” and ex­plor­ing the heal­ing and re­lease in her per­sonal trans­for­ma­tion from lover to god­dess. In this

is­sue, we also point to prob­lem­atic de­vo­tion: Sa­man­tha Lad­wig calls out Hol­ly­wood’s de­vo­tion to het­eronor­ma­tiv­ity dur­ing the golden age in “Cover Story: How Hol­ly­wood Clos­eted Queer­ness for Cap­i­tal.” And in “Dressed for Protest: Re­mod­el­ing the Quincean­era for Im­mi­gra­tion Re­form,” Emilly Prado in­tro­duces us to de­voted youth in ac­tion in Texas.

And there’s more. So much more. De­vo­tion isn’t just one story, but we have one mes­sage:

Bitch Me­dia is de­voted to cre­at­ing a space where mar­ginal com­mu­ni­ties not only mat­ter, but are cov­ered and rep­re­sented as es­sen­tial con­trib­u­tors and con­sumers of me­dia, pol­i­tics, and pop cul­ture. It’s time to pause, take a breath, and trace where cul­tural and spir­i­tual de­vo­tions lead.

I hope you find that the trace leads back to your­self. —LISA FAC­TORA-BORCHERS


Read about all of the il­lus­tra­tors, comics cre­ators, and de­sign­ers fea­tured in this is­sue, in­clud­ing their pop cul­ture de­vo­tions, at­vo­tion.

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