Heartless Bitches International Honored With International Online Community's Top Accolade

Ottawa, Ontario April 29, 2002 - Heartless Bitches International ( was nominated today for a Webby Award in the category of Best Humor Web site of 2002.

The Webby Awards are the leading international honors for Web sites, hailed by The Wall Street Journal as a celebration of sites that "pave important paths to the Internet's next phase."

The Webby Awards are determined by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS), a diverse, 350-person organization whose membership film director Francis Ford Coppola, musicians David Bowie and Beck, cyberguru Esther Dyson, CEO of Real Networks Rob Glaser, Chef Julia Child, and Electronic Frontier Foundation Founder John Perry Barlow.

"The Webby Awards showcase the best of what the Internet has to offer in terms of innovation, creativity and originality," said Maya Draisin, Executive Director of IADAS. "Heartless Bitches International's nomination for a Webby Award is a testament to its great contributions in pushing the Internet envelope."

The Sixth Annual Webby Awards will take place this year on Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at San Francisco's magnificent Legion of Honor.

As a nominee for a Webby Award, is also eligible to win a People's Voice Award. Voting is open to the public from April 29 to June 7th at People's Voice Award winners will be announced on during the The Webby Awards Ceremony on June 18, 2002.

"I'm just blown away to be nominated for a Webby Award," said Nataliep, Founder, President, and Chief Operating Bitch of Heartless Bitches International."I didn't realize we were 'pushing the Internet envelope' - I just thought we were pushing buttons. Of the millions of sites on the Web, for HBI to be put in the same category as the likes of and by the Web digerati is a true honor. It warms the place where my heart used to be."

About Heartless Bitches International (

Heartless Bitches International has been building in infamy since its inception in 1996. Initially started by high-tech diva NatalieP as a spoof on the gender-stereotyping and double standards that exist for men and women in the workplace, relationships and society at large, and spurred by indignation over the "blame-somebody-else-'90s", the site hit a collective nerve and has grown to take on a life of its own. "Heartless Bitches International is the antithesis to self-help sites - we're a drop-kick to the frontal lobe," states Membership Editor JadeSyren. Though the membership is predominantly female, there is a large and loyal following of both men and women who enjoy the site's biting satire, heartless hyperbole, and fearless truth-telling. Heartless Bitches International doesn't discriminate on the basis of gender, but skewers stupidity and irresponsibility in all its forms.

The web site contains thousands of pages including scathing commentary from members, rants about current affairs, riffs on "Nice Guy Syndrome", a Heartless Advice column, Heartless Pop Culture (books, movies, music), an online storefront selling Heartless Bitch$tuff, and a raucous members-only discussion forum.

In addition to launching a series of Heartless Bitches(tm) branded products, the site's creator and Chief Operating Bitch, Nataliep has participated in a host of radio and media interviews and is currently working on a related book project with other members of the editorial staff.

About The Webby Awards

The Webby Awards is the leading international honors for consumer Web sites and individual achievement in technology and creativity. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences selects the nominees, winners, and presents the awards event. Sponsors for The Sixth Annual Webby Awards include SBC, International Data Group (IDG), Getty Images, The Creative Group and Elias Arts. Balloting is audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers. In partnership with Nielsen//NetRatings, the Webby Awards has three new awards, where sites will be honored based on traffic to sites using Nielsen//NetRatings Internet audience measurement data. For more information visit

About the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the creative, technical, and professional progress of the Internet and evolving forms of interactive media. The Academy's goal is to assemble a brilliant panel of leading new media experts, visionaries, journalists, and luminaries to propel the Internet and Interactive Technology into the future. The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes over 350 members such as film director Francis Ford Coppola, musician Bjork, Chairman of Miramax Talk Media Tina Brown, cyberguru Esther Dyson, creator of "The Simpsons" Matt Groening, Public Radio International Personality Ira Glass, and Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison. Members also include writers and editors from publications such as The New York Times, Wired, Forbes, Details, Fast Company, Elle, The Los Angeles Times, Vibe, and WallPaper. For more information, visit

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