In the late eighties, Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill) was busy making flyers about the politics calling women sluts, and handing those flyers out at high school. Cracking open the everyday tracks that kept grrrls down and doubting themselves was urgent to her. At the time, Kathleen was a student at the Evergreen State Collage in Olympia, WA., and first felt the scratch of canonized sexism when she dared challenge to her professor acceptance for the class to read Aristotle’s De Poetica- which equates women with slaves and says both are wholly useless. These are one of the experiences that lead a grrrl to riot. She started a new wave of young radical (punk) feminist . Her idea’s we’re to be true to herself and her community. What really stared the riot grrrl was after Time and or Newsweek came out with one of those “feminism is dead” issues around 1990. This basically pissed of Kathleen and started her band, Bikini Kill in hopes that music would get across to grrrls about feminism. Most today think riot grrrls and feminism was this big huge thing and its all over now, and there is nothing left for any grrrl to do to help. Like all those “Girls Kick Ass” and “Girls Rule” shirts, what a great idea riot? But it’s already been done.. so what’s left? They first stared just by casting art shows of galleries full of feminist art and speaking there ideas. They never raised enough money into getting much publicity to the subject. So that’s when all the bands came along, for example Bikini Kill, Babes In Toyland, The Gits,& Bratmobile. . Hole is NOT! And my personal opinion, Courtney Love is NOT a riot grrrl, or much of a feminist. Courtney Love never started anything but a trend! And the wrong ideas. They we’re just there at the right time. Kathleen would ask bands like Nirvana, Melvins to play shows, only cause they support the subject, but they themselves we’ent making enough money and couldn’t do it anyway.

“ Some people we’re pissed off and wanted to know how come guys weren’t allowed to come to the shows, but allot of other people saw how fucked up things we’re that the guys couldn’t even deal with 15 women meeting at a house and having a conversation” -Kathleen Hanna
The main pinpoint of riot grrrls music was they wanted to have a specific attempt to reach out for women to agree of at least become interested to come out of there houses and see these bands. Most even moved to DC the political capitol of the world, in hopes to get across more women. At the meetings they talk about starting magazines and other ideas to come across women’s and create a skills-sharing workshop such as teaching other women how to play guitar and setting up shows together. The riot grrrl legacy isn’t the Spice Grrrls. It’s not lesbians ranting on how much they hate men and screaming the word “vagina” everywhere. Its a movement of feminism and feminism is so many different things and so many women involved. Feminism is strong and alive, a riot grrrl is just a branch off from it. Kathleen Hanna started the idea of a riot grrrl, but the media gave them that name. And as long as she is around, no riot grrrl is going down!
References- Rockgrl Issue 36 Novemeber/ Decemeber 2000

HERE ARE SOME AWESOME RIOT GIRRL SITES~

RIOT GRRRL EUROPE- http://rge.cjb.net/

*A great site to get grrls & bois in the UK together! Has lots of good info too!*

RIOT GRRL PHILLY- http://www.geocities.com/prdct1/

RIOT GRRL NYC- http://rgny.8m.com/

RIOT GRRL COLUMBUS, GA - http://www.angelfire.com/rant/RGC/

RIOT GRRL DIRECTORY- http://members.tripod.com/~yoodle/rg.html

RIOT GRRL BRAMPTON- http://www.angelfire.com/ia/rgbrampton/

RIOT GRRL NETHERLANDS - http://www.riotgrrrl.nl/

THE RIOT GRRL MOVEMENT- http://elsegundousd.com/eshs/bayeagle/features/february/riot.htm

RIOT GRRL:YESTURDAYLANDS FASHION- http://www.yesterdayland.com/popopedia/shows/fashion/fa1819.php

RIOT GRRL ::BLING!::- http://riotgirl.blig.ig.com.br/

RIOT GRRL MANIFEST- http://www.asta.tu-darmstadt.de/referate/frauenlesben/hexpress/hex00.10/node43.html

RIOT GRRL LONDON- http://www.dork.com/theladyproject/grrrl.html

THE RIOT GRRRL ON MARS!- http://www.metroactive.com/papers/sonoma/07.31.97/stage-9731.html

RIOT GRRL EXCERPTS- http://www.girlpower.com/excerpts/riotgrrl.html

GOOD BOOKS!

Valley Of the Dolls- Jacqueline Susann// GingerBread- Rachel Cohn// Babes in Toyland- Neal Karlen// Sybil-Flora Rheta Schreiber// Couldn't Keep It to Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters by Wally Lamb// The Vagina Monologues: The V-Day Edition by Eve Ensler// Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera// Girl Culture by Lauren Greenfield// Girl, Interupted by Susanna Kaysen//

GOOD fILMS!

Valley Of the Dolls// 10 things I hate about you// Bad Girls// not Bad For A Girl// Sybil// Little Women// Frida// Boys On The Side// Girl, Interupted// Reality Bites// Singels//

GOOD musiC!

bikini kill..babes in toyland..sleater-kinney..7 year bitch..the gits.. hole..the muffs..veruca salt..the distillers..L7..sonic youth..free kitten.. the frumpies..the cold cold hearts..mary lou lord..lucid nation..katastorphy wife.. le tigre..bjork..jewel..tori amos..ani difranco..sheryl crow..pink.. bif naked..no doubt..bratmobile..rasputina..the breeders..cyndi lauper.. drain sth..excuse 17..elastica..fiona apple..garbage..the gits..yoko ono.. heavens to betsy..heart..jack off jill..janis joplin..juliana hetfield.. ..helium..mary timony..mariyln monroe..broadzilla..my ruin..the pixies.. pj harvey..portishead..poe..scratching post..the slits..soda pop fuck you.. sugarcubes..mazzy star..huggy bear..calmity jane, team dresch..blondie..the like..tegan & sara

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Editors Note: I wrote this report from facts. AM NOT out to prove a point, or debate this. It is just brief on riot grrrl and their ideas. If any of you would like more infomation on feminism/ riot grrrl please email me for information! eMaiL: broken.hymen.web@gmail.com
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