Girl Power, DIY Culture, and the Age of the Riot Grrrl, article by Lisa Butterworth on Etsy.
“I had just turned 18 the first time I saw Hanna’s group Bikini Kill, one of the cornerstone bands of the Riot Grrrl movement. They opened for Sonic Youth at a show in L.A. which I had to lie to my parents to attend. The year was 1995, and officially speaking, the Riot Grrrl movement was already over. In 1991, a group of badass girls in Olympia, WA — Hanna, fellow Bikini Killer Tobi Vail, and Bratmobile members Alison Wolfe, Molly Neuman, and Jen Smith — got fed up with the male-dominated punk scene and decided to do something about it. Not only did these ladies create bands and play their own instruments, but they also Xeroxed ’zines, screenprinted T-shirts, made art, and espoused a type of feminism that fought for modern-day women’s rights (reclaiming insults was imperative and Riot Grrrls started with the word slut, scrawling it across their bodies with lipstick and Sharpies). They kickstarted a lady-powered DIY movement that broke gender barriers in the music world, popularized third-wave feminism, and laid the groundwork for this decade’s craft revolution. But it ended as abruptly as it began. Once the mainstream media got hold of the story, the Riot Grrrl message was ignored in favor of features about short skirts, baby barrettes, and cute, angry girls. The core of the cause began to erode, and by 1994, it had run its course. But its legacy had just begun to take shape.”
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