WHAT ARE YOU de­voted TO?

Bitch: A Feminist Response to Pop Culture - - FROM THE HQ -

Bitch staff give a peek into their de­vo­tions, ob­ses­sions, and just plain weird habits.

EVETTE DIONNE, se­nior ed­i­tor: Bey­oncé is the queen of my life. She’s al­ready the best, but she still pushes her­self to get bet­ter. What’s more in­spir­ing than that?

KATE LESNIAK, pub­lisher: First and fore­most, I’m de­voted to sand­wiches. The New York Times put out a sand­wich is­sue a few years ago and I have the cover page posted on my desk.

DAHLIA GROSS­MAN-HEINZE, se­nior en­gage­ment ed­i­tor: I’m de­voted to hor­ror movies and witches, what­ever their pop cul­ture medium.

KORIN LYKAM, di­rec­tor of data and op­er­a­tional sys­tems: I’m here for Sonequa Martin-green as main pro­tag­o­nist Com­man­der Michael Burn­ham in Star Trek: Dis­cov­ery. She’s a badass, and who doesn’t love a smarter-, stronger-, braver-thanaver­age hu­man raised by Vul­cans?

LISA FAC­TORA-BORCHERS, edi­to­rial di­rec­tor: Filipino tradition cel­e­brates af­ter Christ­mas Eve mid­night mass with “Noche Buena”: a fam­ily gath­er­ing with good food. As a Filipino Amer­i­can, I adapted a bit of the menu so it was not only a Filipino af­fair of lumpia shang­hai, leche flan, and fruit sal­ads, but also in­cluded gourmet na­chos. I made them so of­ten that even­tu­ally my fam­ily started calling it Na­cho Buena.

ASH­LEY DUCHEMIN, pro­duc­tion Man­ager: I am ut­terly de­voted to grow­ing my­self in ev­ery way imag­in­able. Ev­ery time some­one thinks of me, I want them to im­me­di­ately think of Kelli from In­se­cure say­ing, “You know what that is? Growth.”

SORAYA MEMBRENO, di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity: I am de­voted to food. Of all kinds and in all stages. But par­tic­u­larly, the food tour. For ev­ery city I’ve ever lived in, I’ve got cu­rated, cus­tom­ized, all-day food-tour itin­er­ar­ies of all my fa­vorite neigh­bor­hoods.

ANDI ZEISLER, co­founder: Books. Phys­i­cal, beau­ti­ful books. Hav­ing lived through not one but two re­cent decades where THE END OF PRINT was fore­cast with bib­li­cal solem­nity, I see books as mighty tes­ta­ments to a love that de­fies dig­i­tal col­o­niza­tion. Bury me with books.

PA­TRI­CIA ROMERO, com­mu­nity pro­grams co­or­di­na­tor: I am de­voted to bur­ri­tos. They are por­ta­ble and tasty for all oc­ca­sions. At the movies, the park, school, and any place you can byob (bring your own bur­rito). Bur­ri­tos make any oc­ca­sion a happy one.

JULIE FALK, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor: I am a life­long lover of mys­ter­ies. From Nancy Drew to Agatha Christie to Laura Lipp­man and Louise Penny, mys­tery nov­els have given me so­lace and es­cape. Life can’t get too bad if there’s a mys­tery close at hand.

KRISTIN ROGERS BROWN, art di­rec­tor: Miss Sadie Mercedes, the dog love of my life. I spend about 75 per­cent of our time to­gether at­tempt­ing to hug her, and the other 25 per­cent sav­ing her from her main bea­gle in­stinct, which is to eat ev­ery crunchy thing. She tol­er­ates the hug­ging.

AMANDA GREEN, fi­nance and ad­min­is­tra­tion di­rec­tor: I am com­pletely de­voted to black cats (es­pe­cially mine), Pret­zel M&M’S, and all the su­per­hero tv shows.

ALEXX DOVELIN, graphic de­signer: I'm de­voted to Sailor Moon, my gay child­hood icons whose orig­i­nal iden­ti­ties were erased by West­ern lo­cal­iza­tion. Shout-out to boot­leg ebay trans­la­tions for in­tro­duc­ing me to sub­ti­tles and queer­ness.

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