Let­ter from Our Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­nity

Bitch: A Feminist Response to Pop Culture - - TRAVEL - So­raya Mem­breno Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­nity

In March, the world learned of Marielle Franco’s as­sas­si­na­tion. Franco was an Afro-brazil­ian politi­cian, the only queer Black fe­male rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Rio de Janeiro’s City Coun­cil, a hu­man­rights ac­tivist, a fierce critic of state vi­o­lence and mil­i­ta­riza­tion in fave­las, and a vo­cal ally to the lo­cal trans com­mu­nity. In one of her last speeches be­fore her death, she said some­thing that has stayed with us at the Bitch HQ since: “Vamos que vamos, vamos jun­tos ocu­par tudo.” “Let’s go, let’s go. Let’s oc­cupy ev­ery­thing to­gether.” Let’s oc­cupy ev­ery­thing to­gether. I’ll be the first to ad­mit that I raised my eye­brows a bit when we de­cided to do a cap­i­tal-t Travel is­sue. Hav­ing lived in Mi­ami and Nicaragua, be­ing from sunny, trop­i­cal places that most peo­ple would deem va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tions, travel has al­ways felt like some­thing that hap­pens to the com­mu­ni­ties I’ve lived in. Some­thing that other peo­ple do in my ci­ties, some­thing for other peo­ple to en­joy. But that isn’t what “travel” has to mean, is it? We have the power to re­de­fine lan­guage (we took back “bitch,” didn’t we?). And that is at the core of this is­sue (which I am proud to say is noth­ing like any other Travel is­sue you’ve ever read), and at the core of what we strive for at Bitch Me­dia ev­ery day. Which is: How do we show up for one an­other ev­ery­where that we are? From mak­ing sure our mag­a­zine is on news­stands far and wide to sit­ting down for a shared vir­tual snack-and-vent ses­sion ev­ery week on Fem­i­nist Snack Break, from dis­tribut­ing our pod­casts on as many plat­forms as pos­si­ble to en­sur­ing our con­tent is al­ways tran­scribed so that ev­ery­one can con­sume it and send­ing our own staff to cam­puses and com­mu­nity spa­ces all over the world— yes, Bitch is a fem­i­nist re­sponse to pop cul­ture. But it is so much more. And that part? That’s be­cause of you. Bitch is here, 22 years since its found­ing, be­cause we have the kind of com­mu­nity that shows up wher­ever we are, no mat­ter what. So, in the next few pages you’re go­ing to get to know our speak­ers a lit­tle bet­ter be­fore they fly off to talk to the next gen­er­a­tion of fem­i­nists; you’re go­ing to get to know our staff a lot bet­ter af­ter hear­ing our most re­cent rants; and you’re go­ing to get to know each other bet­ter in the Buzz Board, which is full of facts and ques­tions pro­vided by you! This mag­a­zine, the very same one you’re read­ing right now, is be­ing read at this very mo­ment by folks all over the world. Think about that for a minute. Isn’t that amaz­ing? That’s what Travel means to Bitch. It means en­sur­ing that fem­i­nist com­mu­nity is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to any­one who wants or needs it. It means mak­ing sure that, re­gard­less of where you are, you feel sur­rounded by fem­i­nists who want to share a bet­ter, smarter, more fem­i­nist world. Be­cause wher­ever you are, that’s where Bitch will be. I might still roll my eyes at glossy travel mags pic­tur­ing ex­otic, far-flung re­sorts while I wait in line at the gro­cery store, but this beau­ti­ful is­sue you hold in your hands is a tes­ta­ment to how a com­mit­ted com­mu­nity with fem­i­nist val­ues al­ways, al­ways finds an­other way to oc­cupy and break through a toxic cul­ture to cre­ate some­thing bet­ter in­stead. Ev­ery day, we have an­other chance to de­cide where fem­i­nism is go­ing next. So, let’s go, let’s go.

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