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Why Riot Grrrl?

Posted in ART, MUSIC by mirrreia on December 6, 2009

Riot Grrrl is a feminist punk movement, sometimes seen as the starting point of the third wave feminist movement which essentially claims the diversity of women, ambiguity of gender and a celebration of sexuality.

Riot Grrrl started in the early 90s in Olympia and Washington DC, and the very beginings were a reply to the dominating male DC punk hardcore scene with bands like Minor Threat . Punk hardcore scene was strongly male dominated and girls found very difficult to participate in it.  Young women found their own way to claim for their interests and feminists opinions by themselves through music, fanzines, talks and meetings.

That could be a start, but what fascinates me the most is that taking out the label ‘feminist’, Riot Grrrl was born from every girl that decided to pick an instrument and start a band, write an article and self publish it or talk to some other girl and inspire her to start her own way to say something. This way Riot Grrrl became in the early 90s a strong underground movement without leaders or a definite ideology but just a natural feeling of angry girls to say something.

Soon Riot Grrrl became mainstream and featured in national press which did more harm than helped to spread the word. Riot Grrrls were ridiculed and sensationalized turning their ideas into an ‘anti-men’, ‘bad-music’ or ‘anti-fashion’ movement. That was a total shock for the girls involed in the movement and decided to not cooperate with the press anymore and encourage girls that really wanted to know about it to look for it by themselves. Riot Grrrl was though and vulnerable, it was a movement not willing to change the world but simply girls inspiring other girls and for me that’s what is all about.

I love riot grrrl and I’ll be more keen to like a band just for the fact that they’re girls. For me all those bands are a way to project my female thoughts and my female role models. I was thinking to write a list of good influential riot grrrl bands and bands that inspire Riot Grrrl but there’s so many that I don’t know from where to start. Instead, here’s a bunch of bands I think are starting a new ‘girl’ movement, still to define (might be better not to label it):

Telepathe, Vivian Girls, The Rayographs, Wet Dog, Comanechi, Dum Dum Girls, Brilliant Colors, Coathangers, Trash Kit, Pens, Plug, Grass Widow, Betty and the werewolves, Finally Punk, La La Vasquez just to name a few and the record labels distributing them M’lady’s Records and Twin Grrl Records…

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  1. casey said, on December 7, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    this is a cool article. i think you’ll like my site –, check it out!

    • mirrreia said, on December 29, 2009 at 4:58 pm

      hey! Thanks a lot for your comment… your blog is great, reading it since 🙂

  2. jbollenbacher said, on December 29, 2009 at 8:28 am

    I too am always more inclined to like a band when it’s female-driven. This is an interesting post that I’ve stumbled across here; it’s refreshing to see a few bands listed that I haven’t heard of. So thank you for that, I’m definitely going to check some of these out! If you’ve included Finally Punk to your list you must have decent taste. 😉

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