Sunday, December 11, 2005

Riot Grrrls background Info

"EVERY GRRRL IS A RIOT GRRRL. All you need is a healthy dose of pissed-offness at the treatment of womyn in our society. We are NOT all punk, all white, all lesbians, all musicians / zine editors / vegetarians [vegans] / victims of abuse / straight edge. There is no “stereotypical” Riot Grrrl. And there is no “hierarchy.” You don’t need our permission to be an “official” Riot Grrrl. You don’t need us to set up an “official” Riot Grrrl chapter. "

(Soccio, as quoted at"

Folgendes Zitat, das den Riot Grrl Begriff Begriff erklärt habe ich von folgender Seite:

About Riot Grrrl/What Is Riot Grrrl?

"HISTORY OF RIOT GRRRL Here is some history of riot grrrl. Riot Grrrl began in 1991 at Olympia Washington, when a few girls (mostly from Bikini Kill and Bratmobile) decided to get together and talk about their main interests: feminism and punk rock. The first time they met it was all fun; they put up posters to get attention of other open minded girls. Then they found out they had other things in common: they were all vegetarians; against drugs; and had been molested as children. At one meeting a very smart girl took notes, photocopied them and turned them into a cool fanzine. That's how it all began. Some people think that Bikini Kill started it all, in my eyes they did. Bikini Kill however does not think of themselves as starting the riot grrrl movement. In Bikini Kill's songs, they sing about different women issues such as: rape, incest, & other issues that some women face. Some people think that bikini kill, riot grrrls, and feminists are 'man-haters'. They're not. They just want to be equal to men, not better to them. Zines are a BIG part of the riot grrrl scene. Most riot grrrls believe in DIY (Do it yourself). That means that they start chapters, zines, etc. of their own around the riot grrrl movement."


  • Riot Grrl K√ľnstlerInnen:

  • Be your own pet,
  • The Gossip,
  • The Yeah Yeah Yeahs ,
  • The 5678´s,
  • Cat Power,
  • 7 Year Bitch,
  • The Donnas,
  • Babes In Toyland,
  • Bikini Kill,
  • Bratmobile,
  • Excuse 17,
  • Free Kitten,
  • The Frumpies,
  • Heavens To Betsy,
  • Huggy Bear,
  • Joan Jett,
  • Julie Ruin,
  • L7,
  • Le Tigre,
  • Linus,
  • Sleater-Kinney,
  • Sonic Youth,
  • Team Dresch


    BECAUSE us girls crave records and books and fanzines that speak to US that WE feel included in and can understand in our own ways.

    BECAUSE we wanna make it easier for girls to see/hear each other's work so that we can share strategies and criticize-applaud each other.

    BECAUSE we must take over the means of production in order to create our own moanings.

    BECAUSE viewing our work as being connected to our girlfriends-politics-real lives is essential if we are gonna figure out how we are doing impacts, reflects, perpetuates, or DISRUPTS the status quo.

    BECAUSE we recognize fantasies of Instant Macho Gun Revolution as impractical lies meant to keep us simply dreaming instead of becoming our dreams AND THUS seek to create revolution in our own lives every single day by envisioning and creating alternatives to the bullshit christian capitalist way of doing things.

    BECAUSE we want and need to encourage and be encouraged in the face of all our own insecurities, in the face of beergutboyrock that tells us we can't play our instruments, in the face of "authorities" who say our bands/zines/etc are the worst in the US and

    BECAUSE we don't wanna assimilate to someone else's (boy) standards of what is or isn't.

    BECAUSE we are unwilling to falter under claims that we are reactionary "reverse sexists" AND NOT THE TRUEPUNKROCKSOULCRUSADERS THAT WE KNOW we really are.

    BECAUSE we know that life is much more than physical survival and are patently aware that the punk rock "you can do anything" idea is crucial to the coming angry grrrl rock revolution which seeks to save the psychic and cultural lives of girls and women everywhere, according to their own terms, not ours.

    BECAUSE we are interested in creating non-heirarchical ways of being AND making music, friends, and scenes based on communication + understanding, instead of competition + good/bad categorizations.

    BECAUSE doing/reading/seeing/hearing cool things that validate and challenge us can help us gain the strength and sense of community that we need in order to figure out how bullshit like racism, able-bodieism, ageism, speciesism, classism, thinism, sexism, anti-semitism and heterosexism figures in our own lives.

    BECAUSE we see fostering and supporting girl scenes and girl artists of all kinds as integral to this process.

    BECAUSE we hate capitalism in all its forms and see our main goal as sharing information and staying alive, instead of making profits of being cool according to traditional standards.

    BECAUSE we are angry at a society that tells us Girl = Dumb, Girl = Bad, Girl = Weak.

    BECAUSE we are unwilling to let our real and valid anger be diffused and/or turned against us via the internalization of sexism as witnessed in girl/girl jealousism and self defeating girltype behaviors.

    BECAUSE I believe with my wholeheartmindbody that girls constitute a revolutionary soul force that can, and will change the world for real.

    The Riot Grrrl Movement began in the early 1990s by Washington State band Bikini Kill and lead singer Kathleen Hanna.