Tag Archives: under cut

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.

Tagged , , , ,

Hairvolution #85


Like Rachel, this participant has learned that though financially affordable, getting haircuts from friends can sometimes be costly…


Hairvolution #29

According to the media, athleticism is simply unfeminine.  To illustrate, consider the messages communicated by advertising agencies.  Earlier this year the Women’s Tennis Association launched a campaign proclaiming, Strong is Beautiful.  True as that may be, can you imagine a Nike ad asserting that Strong is Handsome?

In order to prove their femininity, female athletes must overcompensate for their “masculine” attributes (strength, agility, power, skill, etc.) by constantly affirming that “beauty” is their top priority.  Consequently, being a tomboy is seen to be at odds with being a nationally ranked figure skater (as indicated above).

Tagged , , , , , ,

Hairvolution #16

Anne Lamott, a favorite author of mine and another white woman venturing into the world of dreadlocks, shares some of her own hairvolution in her essay, Crowning Glories.

I have dreadlocks, long blondish dreadlocks, and the people of St. Louis are not stupid. Maybe they live in what my Jesuit friend calls America’s last walled city, but still, they know. They know that a person with dreadlocks, maybe especially a white person with dreadlocks, is someone with perhaps the tiniest little message; and the message is, maybe you don’t have as many prejudices against me as you do against black people — but you should.

You can find the rest of her essay here.

Tagged , , ,