About a year ago I wrote an article for Fickle Magazine on the riot grrrl movement and how it still affects my life 20 years later. The movement came about in the mid 80s, and began with the feminist ideals that girls could be punk rockers too. Bands like Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, and other all girl groups from the Pacific Northwest and Washington, DC made this movement famous by taking back the power that girls held in the world of underground music. Eventually in the 90s this aesthetic turned more toward the grunge era with bands like Babes in Toyland and Hole, but still retaining the “riot grrrl” punk sound. However, they weren’t involved in the actual movement itself, a common misconception. Yeah, riot grrrls aren’t over.
Not only did the riot grrrl era include music but zines and printed publications played a huge part in getting the world out there. Self published works that praised more local scenes and encouraged the whole DIY attitude. Girls doing it for themselves. Last week one of the Facebook fans wanted to see a post on riot grrrls so here we are!
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