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Bitch: A Feminist Response to Pop Culture - - TRAVEL -

When was the last time you stopped to ask your­self what jour­ney you’re on? What about where you’re headed? Or who’s with you on the trip? What about what you’ll find when you get there? You’ve prob­a­bly al­ready fig­ured out that we’re not talk­ing about a re­lax­ing va­ca­tion. As we put this is­sue to­gether, we re­al­ized that when we talk about “travel” we’re very of­ten talk­ing about trans­for­ma­tions. For 22 years, since the first is­sue of this mag­a­zine was pub­lished, Bitch has been a tool for change, an ob­ject that fu­els ac­tion. We’ve al­ways imag­ined Bitch as a ve­hi­cle to drive pop cul­ture out of its stale/pale/male com­fort zone and to­ward a so­cial, po­lit­i­cal, and cul­tural fu­ture where we can fling the old maps out the win­dow and draft brand-new ones. In this is­sue of Bitch, we’ve filled 88 pages with vi­sions of travel that are in­trin­si­cally tied to ob­jects and ob­jec­tives. Bani Amor asks us to pull up a chair and wit­ness as they sift through cen­turies of col­o­niza­tion, destruc­tion, and pro­tec­tion of the cul­tur­ally di­vine in “The Heart of White­ness: Spir­i­tual Tourism and the Col­o­niza­tion of Ayahuasca” (page 24). De­jan Jotanovic maps an al­ter­na­tive di­rec­tion for the dan­ger­ously gen­dered fu­ture of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (page 30), while “The So­cial Net­work Sex Work­ers Built” (page 34) is a tem­plate for build­ing so­cial tools that—lookin’ at you, Zucker­berg—can be re­ward­ing and re­spon­si­ble. Our com­mu­nity fol­lows the path that new-to­bitch Po­pa­ganda host Soleil Ho took into the world of award­win­ning au­dio sto­ry­telling. And ac­claimed writers Porochista Khakpour and Alexan­der Chee let us eaves­drop as they dig at the roots of two lives trans­formed through writ­ing and ex­ile (page 40). If you only have two min­utes to spare, find Car­men Sandiego dish­ing out ad­vice (page 10) or crank up the vol­ume with Nitty Scott (page 84). And if you’re near a pair of scis­sors, stop right now and turn to page 53: You’re sec­onds away from pin­ning up a beau­ti­ful re­minder of Brazil­ian ac­tivist Marielle Franco’s in­domitable legacy. De­pend­ing on where you are in the world, this is­sue will ac­com­pany you through hot sum­mer days or long win­ter nights, and we in­tend to of­fer you a con­stant com­pan­ion of the very best kind: One that asks the ques­tion you’ve been avoid­ing, lis­tens care­fully as you parse your way through an an­swer, and holds you close while you find your cen­ter or right your ship.

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