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Riot Grrrls

Pamela Aronson


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Riot Grrrls are participants in a social movement focused on a radical female youth culture. The movement was originally formed as a reaction to a male-dominated punk rock music scene. With mostly male performers, girls often felt that the issues that concerned them were not reflected in their music. Before Riot Grrrl, girls who listened to this type of music were commonly perceived as connected to punk rock culture through their boyfriends rather than their own interests. The Riot Grrrl movement originated as punk rock feminism, which had two main goals: demarginalizing women in punk rock and providing a critique of patriarchy. Later in its history, the Riot Grrrl movement expanded to include participation in other cultural and political outlets. Ideas spread through the Internet and zines, which are inexpensive newsletters with individual reflection, and political and feminist commentary. Riot Grrrls themselves produced the zines and they were shared with other girls to raise awareness about feminist issues and help create a network of activists. Many women active in Riot Grrrl situate their activism within the “third wave” feminist movement. Riot Grrrl was founded in 1991 in Olympia, Washington, when a group of girls set out to expand girls' and young women's involvement in predominantly white, male punk rock. The International Pop Underground Festival, organized by K Records ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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