Ian MacKay had introduced [Joan] Jett to Bikini Kill, and she was instantly impressed by both the music and the ‘zines. She was particularly heartened that a rock ‘n’ roll feminism was catching on; she could have used that in the late ’70s when she was a teenage guitarist playing in the Runaways.
“The Runaways had nobody,” she said. “I felt like a feminist, but I felt completely dissed by other feminists, ‘cause they were like, ‘Well you can’t dress sexy.’ Number one, I’m not dressing sexy—even though I did have my pants open from time to time. But what do you mean? You’re saying women can’t have sex? You don’t tell me that girls don’t get horny and don’t wanna fuck! You know why girls ‘can’t play guitar’ and ‘can’t play rock ‘n’ roll’? Because rock ‘n’ roll is sex. That’s what I grew up with, and that’s what I wanted to make. So meeting people like Kathleen and Allison and all those girls, it was really incredible, because I felt like maybe people were starting to get it.”
Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus