Pitch Bitch your vegan feminist article ideas! *

June 30th, 2012 11:04 am by Kelly Garbato

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Calling all vegan feminists!

Bitch magazine recently announced its next five issue themes – Habit(at), Pulp, Micro/Macro, Gray, and Food – for which it’s currently accepting submissions. Habit(at) and Food (Winter 2012 and Winter 2014, respectively) seem especially ripe for vegan discourse … but I bet you crafty people can work a little vegan magic into any one of these topics, don’t you think?

Themes for the Future Issues

Our themes are intended to be nonexclusive jumping-off points rather than limiting factors, and below we’ve included a few key words that may help along your fabulous brainstorms. We encourage you not to interpret the themes too literally, and in fact to go ahead and interpret them as loosely as you wish. Furthermore, if you have an idea you think is right for us but that fits no theme, go ahead and pitch it anyway.

Habit(at) (#57, Winter 2012)

We live in houses and homes, but we also live in cultural locations and exist in varying cultural and political moments. Where are we in the current convergence of our homes and our larger environments? What is to be made of the rise of cultural phenomena like DIY hog butchering and radical homesteading—and , of course, whatever the domestic tide of 2012 brings? How do gender and feminism play into our notions of valuing home, hearth, exploration, travel, and family? How do habits—both personal and cultural—inform how we understand them?

Key Words: Home, locale, architecture, environment, craft, routine, DIY
Pitch Deadline: July 1st, 2012

Pulp (#58, Spring 2013)

Whether it’s a ripe fruit or a retro novel, pulp can conjure everything from the messy to the hard-boiled. From the juicy subjects of a story to the waste that comes from our dying print industry, pulp is both what makes things interesting…and where interesting goes to die. Fleshy, sweet, racy, seamy, and sometimes disposable, pulp can describe what things are made from or how they’re destroyed—and even how they’re recycled and remade into something new.

Key Words: Smut, processed, juicy, waste, reuse, sexy, soggy
Pitch Deadline: September 1st, 2012

Micro/Macro (#59, Summer 2013)

Big and little; meta and minute. Have our noses been too close to the page to see the big picture? Or is the devil in the details? Does bigger always mean better? Can small be just as powerful? With media, politics, sex, and gender, perspective can make all the difference.

Key Words: Scale, meta, comparison, trends, contradiction, power, grassroots
Pitch Deadline: November 1st, 2012

Gray (#60, Fall 2013)

Rarely are issues black and white—after digging deeper, most turn out to be more muddled. Bitch has already tackled the hues of pink, green, and red, and our most achromatically themed issue ever will no doubt be full of colorful writing about those places where nuanced shading is key to discussing and celebrating everything from science to sports to smut. (And on that note: We decided on this theme before 50 Shades of Gray foisted its badly-written BDSM on the world, just so you know.) So put your grey matter to work and send us a pitch!

Key Words: Neutrality, cerebral, maturity, intangible, obscure, bias, moods
Pitch Deadline: February 1st, 2013

Food (#61, Winter 2014)

No luscious photos of cake pops and pork-belly banh mi here — with our food issue, we’re aiming to look at the feminist side of food, from politics to pleasure. Fat acceptance, labor rights, food-industry politics, and must-eat TV—we’re ready to consume it with gusto. We want to read about what food looks like on screen, in our stores, on our plates, and beyond. After all, food isn’t just what feeds our bellies—it’s also what fuels our thoughts and drives our actions.

Key Words: Snacks, green, sustenance, guilt, taste, appetite, labor
Pitch Deadline: May 1st, 2013

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