This past weekend I finally finished reading the book Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution. That “finally” is not indicative of my feelings about this well researched text, but rather a reference the number of books I have been attempting to read simultaneously this last little while (honestly, there are piles EVERYWHERE..). The title of this post might better have been “SCHOOL grrrl, you ruin my world”…?
All I keep thinking since I closed this book is, HOW did I not know these girls were out there?!! I’m a grrrl of the 90s?!
From the book jacket:
Girls to the Front is the epic, definitive history of the Riot Grrrl movement—the radical feminist punk uprising that exploded into the public eye in the 1990s, altering America’s gender landscape forever. Author Sara Marcus, a music and politics writer for Time Out New York, Slate.com, Pos, and Heebmagazine, interweaves research, interviews, and her own memories as a Riot Grrrl front-liner. Her passionate, sophisticated narrative brilliantly conveys the story of punk bands like Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Heavens to Betsy—as well as successors like Sleater-Kinney, Partyline, and Kathleen Hanna’s Le Tigre—and their effect on today’s culture. – amazon.ca
Please consider finding the time to watch this documentary film, The Punk Singer, if you want to understand more about how some women have fought/continue-to-fight sexual assault while offering hope; if you don’t get feminism, if you think that feminism isn’t about you, if you think that you don’t care about feminism, if you want to learn more about feminism; if you know someone with lyme disease, if you don’t understand what lyme disease is, if you don’t believe lyme disease exists; if you love music. (I just finished crying through the last half-hour of it at the university library…)
Kathleen Hanna is on the current cover of Bust magazine.