Last night thanks to Bomp/Alive records and Chelsea Starr I got to listen to interviews our founding drummer Debbie and I did in 1996 mostly about riot grrrl. She does most of the talking, I disrupt her with rude funny outbursts like “people of the earth, we are from the planet riot grrrl, take us to your leader, and it better be a girl!” We sound high as hell but what we were really high on was riot grrrl. At some point I’ll put them online so you can eavesdrop on us. Meanwhile here’s Debbie on vocals and drums on her song The Sun Doesn’t Rise in the Slaughterhouse, performed live the night we opened for Bikini Kill, our third gig ever! Ronnie Pontiac on guitar and I’m on bass. ps I miss Debbie. Never had a friend like that again~
Judging your sisters by their physicality is kind of disgusting. Nothing wrong with our bodies except we are being objectified not only by the men who sexualize us but by women who make size issues divisive. I’m blonde and skinny. Always been. I took tons of shit in riot grrrl because I was supposedly so privileged. Privileged for what? To be the target of aggressive men and vindictive women since I was five years old? To get called a moron because of my hair color? To have rocks chucked at my head at my school in the barrio? Big women are beautiful. Small women are beautiful. Can we stop turning on each other? Don’t build your liberation on my back. Us blonde skinny girls need liberation, too. Instead of turning objectification on each other and perpetuating patriarchal stereotypes, let’s give each other the space to safely be exactly as we are.
WTF is wrong with NPR?
I wrote this song about Xmas but it works for Thanksgiving. For some of us family holidays have a different meaning~
Great article about Alien She, the riot grrrl exhibit at CMU
Friday, November 29th: 7:30pm, 9:45pm
Saturday, November 30th: 7:00pm
Sunday, December 1st: 7:30pm, 9:45pm
Monday, December 2nd: 5:00pm
Tuesday, December 3rd: 10:30pm
Wednesday, December 4th: 7:30pm , 9:45pm
Thursday, December 5th: 10:30pm
You can buy your tickets here:
"This summer’s going to be a girl riot." Or so supposedly said Jen Smith, original Bratmobile member in response to the Mount Pleasant riots of 1991. Soon after, Riot Grrl was born - 20 years later, the CUSU Women’s Campaign presents for your delight: "Rebel Girl - A Riot Grrl Celebration".
Riot Grrl was an all female punk movement that began in the nineties, mostly in the North-East of the US but with pockets in classically alternative Portland, too. Women began coming together in reaction the hyper-masculine atmosphere of the punk rock scene; Kathleen Hanna, the ultimate riot grrl icon, wrote at the time: “I feel completely left out of the realm of everything that is so important to me. And I know that this is partly because punk rock is for and by boys mostly”. Over a few short years, their influence spread and many similar groups formed.
As well as producing some sick music, riot grrl became an entire subculture, associated with zine-making, art and political activism. These women saw what they wanted and they made it happen for themselves - the Women’s Campaign wants to celebrate their badass DIY attitude. Riot Grrl is important because it demonstrates the power of female solidarity. These women had a seriously no bullshit attitude, but at the core of their mentality was an attempt to foster the diversity and difference of feminist expression. They massively raised the visibility of queer culture and they also sent out the message to every teenage nineties dirty girl that their voice mattered.
Riot Grrls were basically so cool it hurts – an early boyfriend of Tobi Vail of Bikini Kill, a certain K. Cobain, would go on to comment in light of their relationship: “The future of rock belongs to women.” Considering the stratospheric success of Nirvana, and the relative amnesia of Riot Grrl, it perhaps would seem that the history books could do with a little re-writing… There’s going to be four live acts, interspersed with a few readings and then a serious chunk of dance time – prepare to basically end up running around overcome with excitement. There’s also gonna be two for one cocktails, zine-reading, the chance for everyone to come together and let off some steam, and oh lord, have mercy on our souls, £3 Jagerbombs.
Dare we say it… prepare to have your preconceptions of the mean hairy feminists of Cambridge shattered. All proceeds are going to Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre, who over the past couple of years have continually had their funding cut - they are an absolutely indispensable resource to the women of Cambridge and we want to do our bit to support them.
Entry is £3 and doors open at 9pm, with the live music kicking off at 9.30. The Fountain, November 17th – be there.