Jessica Wakeman

Jessica Wakeman has written for Bitch, Radar, the New York Daily News, Salon's Broadsheet, the Huffington Post, and yourtango.com, among other publications.

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Feminist Media in a Time of Economic Trouble

TAP Online talks with Bitch magazine co-founder Andi Zeisler about her new book, "sexy" feminist issues, and the fate of feminist magazines like Bitch and Ms. in an economic downturn.

It's been a busy year for Andi Zeisler, co-founder and editorial director of Bitch magazine. She gave birth to a son in September. After a catastrophic funding crisis this fall threatened to put Bitch out of print, she took to YouTube to help raise $70,000 to keep the 50,000-circulation magazine alive. And then, this November, Zeisler published her second book, Feminism and Pop Culture , a single-volume historical survey intended for classroom use. Zeisler said Seal Press contacted her about writing the book two years ago when it started up Seal Studies, a series of accessible texts on progressive subjects for "101 level" classes. (She is also the editor of the 2006 anthology, BitchFest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism From the Pages of Bitch Magazine , with co-founder Lisa Jervis.) In Feminism and Pop Culture , Zeisler covers the feminist significance of American pop culture from the 1940s until today, from pin-up girls and I Love Lucy to Buffy The Vampire Slayer and the Spice Girls...