“i’ve seen ghostbusters three times at the movies now, and i kinda
just want to talk about why i loved it so much for a second or two.
it was a complete breath of fresh air to walk into the cinema and see
a group of women (of different shapes, sizes, colours, might i add) on
that screen supporting each other, having one another’s backs, saving an
entire city together. there was absolutely no gratuitous scenes
involving sex, nudity, relationships and whatever other bullshit
hollywood likes to throw into female roles. no, it was just four
ordinary women being passionate about something they loved, and that’s
exactly one of the reasons why i love this movie so much. little girls
are going to walk into theatres across the globe and see women up there
who have dedicated their entire lives to something which EVERYONE else
looked down on. they’re going to see four different women: a teacher,
who was picked on as a kid for being ‘different’ and is extremely goofy,
caring and loveable, a queer nerdy scientist who adores making
machinery and fighting ghosts and will never apologise to anyone for it,
a woman of colour who works in a subway station and has an insane
interest in history and reading and busting ghosts, and a dedicated
ghost lover who’s devoted her entire life to finding paranormal
creatures when so many people tore her down. and she proved those
bitches wrong. people of all ages and genders (but especially those
little girls) finally have the chance to see women up there, kicking ass
for a full 1 hour and 57 minutes with no catch. no relationships. no
sex. just straight up girl power.
also, they’ll get to see a woman openly flirt with another woman. an
openly gay actress. a character who is gay (well, i’m assuming, along
with the rest of the internet) is just living her life, and her
sexuality isn’t explicitly mentioned once, or is the sole purpose of her
character. she’s busting those ghosts, while subtly flirting with
everyone, wearing whatever clothes she fuckin wants to, because she can.
it’s just so refreshing to sit in a theatre and see someone so
accurately close to yourself up there in a family movie.
girls being there for other girls is so important to me in terms of
seeing it on the big screen. holtzmann was consistently supportive and
protective of erin, especially after hearing how she’d been dismissed as
a child, abby and erin put their tiny disagreement behind them and
reminisced and laughed and cared and didn’t leave each other for a
second time, and patty. well. she was just a fucking star. a complete
angel. “kids is mean man, i believe you.”
another thing which i loved, even as a gay woman, yes, was
chris hemsworth’s character. one of the only male lead characters in the
movie was portrayed as a complete and utter goofy dork. it was so
incredible to see these woman kick ass SO hard, and then have the
contrast of kevin in the background. and despite his many, many flaws,
at the end of the day, the women still went back to save their
ridiculously dorky receptionist, even if he did suck really hard at his
job, because they were a family.
holtzmann’s speech. erin saving her friends with the swiss army knife
jillian gave her. abby and erin having a moment in the middle of a
fucking vortex. holtzmann singing her little “abby come and get ya
sandwich” song. patty’s knowledge of new york city. “i believe the word
we’re looking for is apocalypse”. “oh god, i can only think of soup.
what else is good in the world? um. salad.” the cameos from the
original ghostbusters cast. cecily strong’s little role, another amazing
snl cast member. the whole “cat out of the bag” thing. fucking ozzy
go and support this movie. prove those weird men (who sit at home and
write creepy imdb reviews all day) wrong. loose yourself for a few
hours in the shitty year that is 2016, because this movie is important.
it’s everything. it’s the year 2040, and our president is a plant.”
Parallel issue 7 is the “Independence” issue, and as such is FULL of articles and artwork by independent self-identifying women. Featuring an exclusive editorial shoot with the amazing Harnaam Kaur & Nik Hampshire, this issue is one of our biggest and boldest to date.
Subjects covered in this issue include: indie female-fronted bands; travelling independently; matriarchal societies; living independently; sad girl culture; independent women in the media; colonialism; indie games; DIY culture; abortion rights; and more. We have submissions from Royal Integrity, Laura Waddell, Desiree Feliciano, and many others.
As part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame / Newseum exhibit Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics, the Library and Archives offers a spotlight exhibit on the Riot Grrrl movement, entitled Revolution…Grrrl Style.
The exhibit discusses the foremothers and influences of Riot Grrrl, the
movement’s embrace of DIY punk culture, social activism and third wave
feminism, and its influences on later artists. The exhibit includes
handbills, stickers, photographs and other promotional materials for
artists like Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Cold Cold Hearts, Excuse 17, Huggy
Bear, Kim Gordon, Joan Jett, Lydia Lunch, Exene Cervenka, the Slits,
the Plasmatics, Sleater-Kinney, Pussy Riot, and much more!
in conjunction with the exhibit are an exhibit guide, listening
stations, displays of commercial publications and recordings, and an online research guide.
The Punk Progenitors - New York
in style and substance, Riot Grrrl bands found inspiration from
outspoken punk and pop women of the 70s and early 80s, who were at turns
confessional, experimental and interrogating the masculine rock pose.
Nina Simone in the 60s to Lydia Lunch in the 80s, New York artists
specialized in mixing the poetic and the political, performance art and
rock and roll. These women challenged societal perceptions of gender,
femininity, indecency and obscenity.
Image: Flyer for Let the Women Rage! with Lydia Lunch, Wanda Coleman, Don Bajema and Eugene Robinson, at Slim’s, San Francisco, California on March 11, 1990. From the John Seabury Flyers and Posters.
Your name is PORSCHE HULDA SPITZNOGLE you’re 26 years old and are officially known as the SINFULHUG DEALER. You really dislike it when people refer to you by she/hers/her pronouns considering you’re NON-BINARY and prefer THEY/THEM pronouns instead. You’re often told that you look like you’re straight out the RIOT GRRRL/GLAM ROCK scene as well as being an EYESORE. You love to make your own CLOTHES while you listen to your favorite genres of MUSIC including PSYCHOBILLY, PSYCHEDELIC, GARAGE, SKA, and PUNK ROCK. You live for that PARTY life since you’re so enamored with DANCING your heart out and SOCIALIZING. Your dream is to one day become a fashion designer like Manish Arora and create lines for ALTERNATIVE people like yourself. At times you struggle with English pronunciation but that’s okay because it doesn’t stop you from making new FRIENDS!
“WOAH HEY THERE, having fun wiggin’ out? I don’t recognize your gnarly face and I should because I totally know everyone around these parts so we need to change this IMMEDIATELY! *makes trumpet gesture with their hands and trumpet noises with their mouth* Here’s an introduction for ya the name’s Porsche, I know it sounds like the German automobile because it is but I’d appreciate it if you pronounced it ‘Porsh’ than ‘Porshuh’ unless you wanna see me hacked and go ape. I’d much rather want to be your wicked friend than for you to get a black eye, am I GONE AND DECKED OUT PAL OR WHAT~? I prefer to hang loose and I can already tell you’re gonna be a gas and I’m SUPER STOKED ABOUT IT!”
Name: Porsche Hulda Spitznogle (or “The Offering of the Sweet Sharp Nail”) Age: 26 Height: 5’7 Gender Identified as: Non-binary, They/Them Pronouns Positive Traits: Authentic, Creative, Energetic, Ambitious, Adventurous, Zealous, Playful, Truthful, Friendly Negative Traits: Self-Indulging, Brutish, Daring, Mischievous, Fearless, Reckless, Vengeful, Sharp, Zany Neutral Traits: Competitive, Dominating, Sensual, Physical, Glamorous, High-spirited, Whimsical, Breezy, Modern, Outspoken Interests: Subcultures, Horror genre as a whole, Oddities, Everything kitschy, Potty humor, Grotesque aesthetic, Music, Fashion, Jewelry, Nightclubbing Relationships if any:“She’s a nifty sex pot and we’re currently going steady at the moment. She’s the most adorable lil’ sweetheart you’ll ever meet, her name’s Basira and she’s my powsowdie, my only babe~” Additional Notes:
Porsche’s native language is German while their second is English, due to this they find themselves speaking with a thick accent and horribly mispronouncing words. They also forget terms momentary and resort to using hand gestures in order to get the idea across.
They’re also incredibly religious and are a devoted Catholic, they incorporate their religion into their lifestyle just like they do with their subcultures.
In the 1970’s New York City punk scene there was a group of girls called the Revenge Girls. They ran a shop called Revenge that basically invented the “punk look.” Debbie Revenge has donated several archival prints as perks in our campaign. Check them out here igg.me/at/GRRRLmovie
In the ‘90s, it was a different world. Somebody said, “She must have taken singing lessons because now she sounds like she can sing.” I just hadn’t been using that part of my vocabulary, and I let myself use it during Reject. That was the record that people said that about. “Oh, she can sing now.” I could actually sing before, too. Women are told we have annoying voices, and that’s why I didn’t want to try to make it pretty for people.