new book: girls to the front … the true story of the riot grrrl revolution

Riot Grrrl roared into the spotlight in 1991: an uncompromising movement of pissed-off girls with no patience for sexism and no intention of keeping quiet. Young women everywhere were realizing that the equality they’d been promised was still elusive, and a newly resurgent right wing was turning feminism into the ultimate dirty word. In response, thousands of riot grrrls published zines, founded local groups, and organized national conventions, while fiercely prophetic punk bands such as Bratmobile, Heavens to Betsy, Huggy Bear, and Bikini Kill helped spread the word across the US and to Canada, Europe, and beyond. Girls to the Continue reading

GRITtv: Kathleen Hanna: Three-Dimensional Role Model

Kathleen Hanna came into a music scene in the 90s that was angry, violent, and full of men. She and her bandmates in Bikini Kill, along with the rest of the riot grrrl movement, pushed back against that culture and helped usher in a new “wave” of feminism. After Bikini Kill, Hanna went on to make feminist dance music with Le Tigre and has kept pushing boundaries ever since. Recently, she donated her zine archive to NYU’s Fales Library as part of its new Riot Grrrl collection. She joins Laura (GRITtv) in studio to talk feminism, rock’n’roll, and why she’s Continue reading

changing things? opting out? (punk rock and hip-hop too)

interesting discussion over here: “It Ain’t Sexism, It’s Punk Rock!” which goes over the same ground we covered in the past couple of years in discussions within the ladyfest collective: Cristina reviewed Pretty in Punk here and there was quite a bit of exploration in the comments here: “femininity? (BECAUSE us girls…)” – a post wherein i quoted heavily from “Results of a Misspent Youth: Joan Jett’s performance of female masculinity” by Kathleen Kennedy and gave some links for further reading in romanian, we have a few texts in the ladyfest zines #1 & 2 that take on several of Continue reading

interview lf-ro: “how to intervene”

Ladyfest Romania contribution to the book: Are you talking to me? Discussion on Knowledge Production, Gender Politics and Feminist Strategies, eds H.arta/Katharina Morawek How to intervene? Practices of her-stories A conversation between Veronika E., Regina W. and Andreea, Ruxandra from the Ladyfest Collective Bucharest. “A grrrl from Timisoara—who is involved in the local “underground” scene there—decided to start a Romanian Ladyfest after attending the one held in Amsterdam in 2003. Impressed by the premise of a feminist festival showcasing woman artists and by her whole Ladyfest experience, she felt that it would be a good idea to also try something Continue reading

Call for Rebel Girl, Rebel Worlds: An Anthology of International Grrrl Zines

Rebel Girl, Rebel Worlds: An Anthology of International Grrrl Zines By Elke Zobl (Austria) with Red Chidgey (UK), Sonja Eismann (Germany/Austria) and Hayde Jimenez (Mexico/USA) DO YOU PUBLISH A ZINE WITH A FEMINIST TAKE AND WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE TO AN INTERNATIONAL ANTHOLOGY OF GRRRL ZINES? We are zine activists who believe that the cut’n’paste revolution is an important part of contemporary movements for social change; whether it’s talking about messed up beauty standards, how to change rape culture, or how to fix the wheels on your bike, zines are crucial documents for everyday change, empowerment, and education. To create Continue reading

international women’s day in bucharest

March 8th – Day of Women’s Activism vs Romanian Woman’s Day 8 martie – Ziua femeilor militante vs Ziua femeii in Romania   9 martie, in Underworld, str.Atelierului nr 14  WORKSHOP SUSTINUT DE F.I.A. Pe tot parcursul serii va asteptam sa veniti cu idei creative pentru a face o zina ad-hoc. Pornim de la feminism si putem ajunge… oriunde!  PROIECTIE FILM LIBERTARIAS (1996, regia Vicente Aranda) Filmul prezinta dintr-o perspective feminista conflictul dintre fascisti si comunisti in timpul Razboiului Civil Spaniol, concentrandu-se pe un grup de femei gata sa moara pentru cauza lor. Tanara calugarita Maria se alatura gruparii anarhiste “Femei Continue reading

women of early 80’s postpunk

The following women are the mothers of most rocker grrrls today. All of this music was too intense for the times and ignored, but now is the soundtrack of the current generation. Whether they know it or not. From these pioneers we get The Breeders, Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Hole, Elastica, Cibo Matto, Garbage, Sleater-Kinney, Ladytron, Chicks On Speed, Lesbians On Ecstasy, Erase Errata, Boyskout, Peaches, Electrocute, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Metric. The architects: LENE LOVICH (US/UK) and NINA HAGEN (Germany), updating Yma Sumac for the new wave; ARI UP and THE SLITS, exploring the wilds of world dub (UK); Continue reading