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BITCH Magazine!

Please donate to "Bitch" magazine! They need 40 grand by October.

We've already lost so many magazines- ROCKRGRL, LiP. Kitchen Sink, Stay Free, and a host of other independent mags that at one time seemed to be flourishing! And I am sad about the loss of every one of them.

After they disappeared, I learned of their losses...not via my local magazine shop/bookstore owner, but via an article in "Bitch" magazine!

"Bitch" has offered the ultimate in feminism: USEFUL articles by/for/about girls and women and LGBT, and yes, even the men that love them such as the supporters of this community. From its letters to the editor, to the last page, dubbed "Annals" (usually concerning retro examples of pop culture, which is always fun), "Bitch" is responsible for some of the most important, tenacious, humorous, and insightful culture commentary magazine articles in history. Everyone from bloggers to bell hooks have had their works published in "Bitch" for over ten years. Everything from women of color in the tech sector to women who are into sci-fi conventions have been covered, plus articles that focus on racism, music by women, and mommyhood are covered on a consistent basis. Within the first year I read it, there were spreads on the green movement, voter fraud against women, female comedians, and how the threat of terrorism is biased against women. Articles about women in politics to women in the comic book industry to women in Palestine.

All without those annoying full-page ads for stuff that makes a woman feel like she isn't enough without said product being advertised to her. All donations to "Bitch" are tax deductible, and it is a non-profit organization! This means that besides no big, ugly ads that waste space, paper, and clutter the mind, that Bitch doesn't have any money. For much more information, see this post. Bitch and those other magazines mentioned aren't in trouble because interest has waned, they are in trouble because our economy makes it hard to support arts and education and society isn't persuaded to kill reliance on gasoline, so the cost of shipping anything has skyrocketed.

As we feminists know, Bitch is the type of publication we cannot afford to lose. I save my issues for my potential future children. They are especially precious to me in today's political and social climate. I am constantly referring back to them.

Countless authors, musicians, movies, artists, news, and bits of political information that fly under the radar but are so necessary to know about if you're a woman or (know any women) have been offered up on the pages of "Bitch". Babeland, Lunapads, Essence, Etsy, BuyOlympia, and $pread have all been but a few of the must-haves in my life that were introduced to me via  "Bitch" magazine.  Please donate whatever you can afford.

Subscriptions help, but right now what they need is cash cash cash.

If Bitch moves to the web, poorer people without time to go to the library, or those without internet access, or those without a paypal account or credit card will be affected, not to mention those of us who just prefer the quaint charm of paper when we read our favorite publications.

Thank you for reading this post.

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So much exciting news [02 Dec 2005|11:13am]


We've had a lot of amazing things happen for us at Heroine Films this month. A lot of it do to support from this community and others. We've gathered support from a lot of different places but honestly, Livejournal has shown us the most amazing people.

So as for what's up: We have finally posted the interview that we did on the NC television show Second Cinema.  You can watch it in at www.heroinefilms.net/scinterview.html

There is an article coming out about us in this months upcoming issue of CURVE Magazine. I believe it comes out on the 15th if you'd like to check it out. Also, MTV's new LGBTQ channel LOGO has put together a package for us for advertising purposes (we'll be showing our trailer to the over 13 million homes LOGO already goes to) and they are interested in buying the finished film. As I said in the last update, we also got a large portion of our funding from the production company AMVF. 

Thank you so much to all of those who have supported us. It is all your continued letters, emails, comments, and donations that has made this possible. There is no way we can express how much it means to us.

                                                    xoxox, the gals at heroine films


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good news [27 Oct 2005|01:30am]


Because we have gotten support from this community in the past I thought I would share our most recent news...


We have gotten a LARGE portion of our funding!!...more details (and how YOU can help) at www.heroinefilms.net

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shoot to kill... [19 Jun 2005|02:17pm]

Just wanted to stop by and share an open letter to our supporters. Thanks to all in the community who've helped, encouraged, etc.

As some of you read in burnandshiver 's journal, the Heroines are trying to restructure...

Here's the lofty version of things:

When I first moved to New York, I was struck with the realization that I had come home. I moved there to help an SVA fourth year rewrite her thesis script, do a rewrite on my own (the Gladdest Thing, then called Heroine) and to work for the Visibilities the Lesbian Magazine.Read more...Collapse )

Side note - Wish me luck! A Prod Co./Management Company just requested a copy of a script I wrote several years ago about Women's Soccer. What a hoot!

With all the love in the world (just shoot me),

xox Mel


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What happens when grassroots activism takes on Hollywood? help us find out [24 Mar 2005|09:14pm]

Hello again!

I just wanted to give you a little update let you know that The Gladdest Thing has a NEW promotional trailer (real player) up on our site.


Things have been going insanely well for us. We have been contacted by a distributor who wants to buy the finished film for international release! We've also heard some good things that may appear in the press soon...I'll let you know more when it is stone.

Thank you so much for all the feedback and support and donations. Please keep sporting those Ts and spreading the word!!

<3 Heroine Films

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newsletter... [17 Mar 2005|04:00pm]

 Hi All, from Heroine Films...


As a lot of you know, we've finally released our “teaser” trailer for your viewing pleasure!

We're cutting the “PROMO” trailer together this weekend (THANKS, SEAN!!!) and will launch on the website hopefully by Monday, March 21, 2005. WE STILL NEED YOUR FEEDBACK. This new promo trailer will be used to entice Investors/Production Companies/Distributors. So please check back at: www.heroinefilms.net for updates. As soon as the new one launches, we'll send out e-mail notification!

Read more...Collapse )

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update [05 Mar 2005|10:28am]

WELL....The response to the trailer has been overwhelming. We reallya appreciate everyone's amazing support! We've had some great feedback and it seems people really want to see our lil' movie ;)

So...we're cutting a longer more detailed "promo" trailer which we will release in the coming weeks. This Promo, which we will then include with our business/production plan, and will be used to approach distributors will be similar to the "teaser", but will deal with the story more.


In order for us to convince the distributors that we have a film that a lot of people want to see, we have to show them numbers and responses and donations firgures. We've received so many over the past month, but we need more! Not to sound like blogger whores, but WE NEED YOU!

We need hits on the site and more letters/e-mails. So many of you have stepped up and been so supportive, some of you on a daily basis (Jessaustin, Ali, Kaite, Beth)...and we so appreciate the constant support. What we need is for everyone to tell all their friends and family what we're doing.

So...look for updates! We're continually changing/adding to the site and trying to make it as user friendly as possible...so hit us up with feedback if you have it.

Thanks again everyone. We love you and appreciate the support!

xox the gals at heroine films

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[02 Mar 2005|09:04pm]


Hi again all!

     I posted last month about Heroine Films and our endeavour to gather the funding/support to make our film. So far the support has been overwhelming to say the least. Thank you so much to everyone one of you who has shown us love and kept us going. I can't tell you how much it has meant to us.

I just wanted to update and let you know that we have OUR FIRST TRAILER UP on the website!So now you can at least get a feel for the film we are making and see what this is all about. Check it out:



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[01 Feb 2005|08:39pm]

[ mood | determined ]

heroine films

x-posted...just so you know, but we think it's important and hope you grrls do too.

We are filmmakers who work in a male-dominated field. We have an award winning script and a GREAT team of talent and experience. The problem: We are in North Carolina and it is a lesbian film. So when we did finally get funding we lost it.

 So now, a grassroots approach: we are going to do this our own way.Just us as women, as lesbians and as filmmakers. Our manifesto  is basically about getting to do what we want to do without bowing down or selling out to the men in the area with the money and the power. AND we have a plan:

We've started a website and are going to try to get people to donate ONE dollar a person and in return we will thank them by name in the credits...all 500,000 of them. We are also selling tops and undies to promote our cause, our art. The site is www.heroinefilms.net for those of you interested in helping our vision become reality.

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[29 Jan 2005|04:57pm]

Hello my name is Greta & I just joined. I have some interests in common from the interest list especially feminism, so I thought I should join.
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HELP ME! <3 [19 Aug 2004|10:22pm]

[ mood | amused ]

My friends and I are starting a grrrl book club and we need some easier reads for the first few meetings. Nothing extremely hard to read for someone whos just being introduced to radical feminist ideas.
love, naomi

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Intro... [19 Aug 2004|12:12pm]

I've been a member of this community for quite a while & haven't really introduced myself, so here goes my attempt to do so. My name's Greta. i_am_ruined Tells ALMOST everything about me. If your still interested about me, AIM me: mysacredheart66 or go to my 'myspace' profile it tells EVERYTHING: http://profiles.myspace.com/users/4334237 Oh and this might or not be related to the community, but this is my 'riot grrrl online' site: http://riotgrrrl.girlsvomitcandy.com/ I have 7 other sites as well & more journals, check out my user info for more info. Anyhow, I'm glad to be a member of this community...this community is awesome!
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I'm new... [31 May 2004|11:55am]

Hi everyone! I just joined. This community sounds like it will be pretty good, once it gets more members. Check out my riot grrrl site here.
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WOMEN IN ACTION MOVIES [30 May 2004|07:21pm]
hey guys!
I'm doing a zine about 'violent chicks in action flicks', and was wondering if you could help. I made this questionaire to gauge the opinions of the feminist community in general, and it would really help me if you could fill it out...just copy and paste the following questionnaire and reply to this message.
Thanks everyone!
love aideen xox
apologies for major major cross posting…
1. What do you think of action movies in general?
Good? Bad? Indifferent? Why? If you don't like them, what is your favourite film
genre and why? What do you think of the violence aspect of these films?

2.What is behind the increase in the number of women in action films?
In recent years there has undoubtedly been an increase in the number of women in action movies, particularly in mainstream cinema. Whereas once there was only Alien, Terminator and, erm, Tank Girl, we now have Charlies Angels, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Matrix, Tomb Raider, Kill Bill and loads more. Some
people see this as a sign that women are gaining more equality, others think that it has a lot to do with economics and marketing. In your opinion, what is the reason for this increase?

3.What about the feminist implications of this?
Do you feel that there's anything particularly feminist about women kicking butt on the big screen? How do you feel about these films in general (i.e. films with female action heroines)? How should we, as feminists, treat them?

4.Favourite female action heroine?
Who is your favourite female action heroine and why? Does she embody any characteristics which are particularly feminist? Is she a good role model?

5.Do you think seeing images of violent women can do anything to counteract violence against women?

6.Worst female action film and why?

7.Trinity (The Matrix)or Thelma Dickinson (Thelma and Louise)?
Who's the coolest?

8.Role models...
Do you feel that action films in general provide good role models for men, or do they just give society negative assumptions about masculinity? How about for women? What are the best non-violent role models, both male and female (and why)?

9.Best self defence tip?

10.Roughly what age are you?
I know this might sound irrelevant, and I also don't like stereotyping people by their age. Just bear with me and answer honestly. I'd like to compare results.
You can be vague if you like eg. teens, 20s, 30s etc

11.Are you a feminist?
If so, for how long?

12.Any final thoughts?
Is there anything I've left out? Anything you wish to add? Would you write an article for me? Please? Be your best friend?
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Can you feel it Intensify? [13 May 2004|01:15pm]

[ mood | depressed ]

Hello. I am new to this community. I found it thru Rebel Art Grrrlz on Myspace. I thought it was an awesome idea for a community and I am happy that I found it when I did because I am going thru a personal struggle with myself right now.

Lately, i've felt really gross. I've been dieting and exercising but I feel that I am getting nowhere and I feel ugly and unwanted. One of my friends is making me feel gross and fat as well. She is losing a lot of weight and she keeps referring to me as a fat girl. It could be all in my head but either way I want to feel beautiful.

I recently got layed off from my last job and not having a new job right now is making me ultra depressed. I feel so unwanted and I really hate myself right now.

I just want to be happy again. I want to feel loved. I want support. I am so stressed and I feel like I have no one.

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what the dealie yo [17 Feb 2004|01:53pm]

no one posts ! does anyone even read this?pro girl needs to get back in effect!
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stream of consciousness [28 Jan 2004|12:04am]

..strange how the standard for women keeps changing, it used to be we couldnt go to school at all, and then it was go to school but not working and ignoring what we learned once we get married, then it was the Gloria Steniem age of a woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle, so go to school and get a job and never get married, now its changed to go to school immediately after highschool, graduate, get a job, and then be faced with the question...."how are u going to balance a career and a family?" and other things like whether its better to wait till u have a career to have kids or to do it while ure still young..both are considered selfish adn wrong depending on how you look at it oh and hello some women dont want kids at all...funny no one ever poses questions like this to guys....As for me i know i want kids, but i dont think i will get married bc i dont see myself ever trusting someone enough to share my life with them and then the crap of the kids need a father comes up, whatever i'll have my gay brother around to teach them how to be a man, bc hes the best example i have ever met, i suddenly thought of white oleander,"you dont have a father, we;re vikings astrid." ummm wow i could say a lot lot more bc there is a lot of points i havent brought up.
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"boy so hard, but i know a girl twice as hard and she twinkles, and i sure can" ~tori amos [07 Jan 2004|11:20pm]

This is from my LJ a few weeks ago and i thought i would repost it in here....
I'm pretty tired and my stomach feels pretty god damn icky, but i absolutely need to get atleast something out about being female, even more so being a strong female and feminism...I wrote this poem in highschool but its still holds true, yes i have been a feminist since highschool i would say. middle school was more of a girl power, gorls rule boys drool thing ( i had the keychain!) but those thoughts were a catalyst and a foreshadowing to the things that concerned me the most as i grew up... anyway heres the poem...

"In Our Defense, What is Feminism"

In Our defense,
The Sisterhood,
foreign and female,
Mothers and More,
born for liberty,
true to ourselves
who We are,
hear these voices,
the breath of life,
a life of its own,
The Frail Ocean,
Man of the house,
Invisible Empire,
Utopias and Utopian thought,
Powerful days,
We are the People,
In Our defense,
older and wiser,
not without My Daughter,
secrets of sleep,
the coming of age,
why can’t Men open up,
spacious dreams,
what is feminism,
can you find it,
taking liberties,
Mothers and such,
seen and heard,
The Grand Domestic Revolution,
hear these voices,
the measure of My days,
jumping fire,
the first freedom,
Women of the air,
catch the wind,
the land Our fathers plowed,
in Our defense,
Mothers and more,
the Sisterhood,
old friends,
a history of Their own,
pure and simple
what is feminism,
true to Ourselves,
gone crazy and back again,
what We are,
pioneer Women.
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Weddings [06 Jan 2004|12:53pm]

What does everyone think about the whole marriage thing? I'm getting married in september and trying to be as true to my feminist side as possible whilst still indulging some of my childhood dreams. Not sure what to do about coming in - is it ok to come in on your own or does that look wierd (dont want to be given away and boyfrind doesnt want to walk down the aisle with me like some of our friends did).

Also there is the whole argument that monogamy is a means of weakening and controlling women (not too sure on all of the details but I've heard it a few different places).

Are any of you married already or planning to be? What sort of stuff did you do or would you do on the day?
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[05 Jan 2004|12:00pm]

Hellooooo all, I am Chesney, and I heard of this group from the lovely Asheriah. I am also a 19 year old woman attending Moore College and I'm just happy to find an active feminist community on livejournal, I've joined a few and none of them are posting anything. Bla!
I have already read through some of the entries and learned some things. I'm hoping I'll be learning more from this lovely group about our ever developing feminist world, and mayhap enlighten others myself as well. Yaaay, feminist groups make me happy.
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