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Hairvolution #112


A little Girls Rock Camp-inspired history lesson for ya:

The Riot Grrrl Movement began in the early ’90s by Washington State band Bikini Kill and lead singer Kathleen Hanna.  They published the “Riot Grrrl Manifesto” in 1991:

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.

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Hairvolution #108


A tribute to all those who boldly (and beautifully!) rock “big hair”:

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Hairvolution #104


In honor of this participant’s love of bangs, a collection of factoids for your next hair-themed trivia night:

In the 1860s, the term “bangtailed” was used to describe horses that had had their tails cropped.  Shortly thereafter, people (predominantly in America) began referring to the hair cut above one’s eyebrows as “bangs.”  Elsewhere in the world, the term “fringe” is more commonly used.


During Dwight Eisenhower’s 1952 presidential run, his campaign office got so many letters criticizing his wife’s bangs that they created a form response letter.


In the 1950s, a Scotch Tape ad recommended using the product when cutting bangs at home: “Fix fringe to forehead with Scotch Tape and cut across top of tape.  Fringe cuts straight, hair trimmings stick to tape—won’t fall in eyes.”



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Hairvolution #100

IMG_9121Hats and hair tend to go hand-in-hand, but Japanese pop artist and director Nagi Noma took this pairing to a whole new level in 2008 with a series of animal inspired creations called, “Hair Hats.”

hair hat

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Hairvolution #99

IMG_9128This participant (along with the contributers of Hairvolutions #91, #92, and #93) were all a part of the 2013 Anne Braden Program, a four-month intensive anti-racism, political education, and leadership development training for white organizers and activists that was named for a woman with exceptionally awesome activist hair:



Hairvolution #90


The disclaimer included with this submission states:

This rugged piece of cardboard has survived a lot – a train ride to NYC where it then faced 15 blocks of rain/snow, where it then dried itself off on a bus ride to DC, where it then was shoved on multiple occasions into the bottom of a purse… this little guy was a trooper, and now has some character to show for it!

When first diving into this project, I learned early on that cardboard is an easily obtained material, is easy to write on, and is rugged enough to sustain a decent amount of travel and weather-oriented trauma.  Additionally, cardboard (as opposed to white paper) offers a backdrop that hopefully feels more accessible to people of color.

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Hairvolution #89


If the phrase “Christian hipster” is a new one for you, check this out: hipsterchristianity.com

So glad you finally donned your fairy wings, my friend!


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Hairvolution #87


“…then one day I was going to get my hair cut, and instead I just got gay.”


(Lucky us!)

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Hairvolution #72

A beautiful contribution from a beautiful, brilliant, hilarious, bold, creative, talented, and wonderful person!


Hairvolution #64

This participant was especially resistant to the restrictions imposed upon her by the conservative (and very traditional) administration at her private boarding school.  Do you suppose rebellion and red hair are somehow genetically linked?

*It should also be noted that this is the only participant thus far to take a vertical approach to her hairvolution.

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