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Some Genius Says Clinton Has 'Vagenda Of Manocide,' Internet Has Field Day
After a gun shop in Maine posts a sign accusing Hillary Clinton of having a "vagenda of manocide," Twitter explodes with vagenda jokes

“Vagenda of Manocide. Is it the name of a feminist metal band or biker gang? Maybe it’s the title of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie or the next “Game of Thrones” book. Twitter is giddily brainstorming possibilities, thanks to a now-viral image of a sign outside of a gun shop in Maine reading, “BEWARE THE BEAST HILDABEAST CLINTON AND ITS VAGENDA OF MANOCIDE.”

The sign went up at Gulf of Maine Gunsmithing back in 2014, according to the shop’s owner, Bill Darling, who was reached by phone by Vocativ. But it resurfaced on social media this week and has set off a tweetstorm about that unforgettable phrase, “vagenda of manocide.” Meanwhile, it appears someone bought the domain www.vagendaofmanocide.com and redirected it to the presidential candidate’s official fundraising page.

No doubt the most popular response to the sign has been to riff on the potential for a Vagenda of Manocide band of some sort — probably metal, maybe “post-riot grrrl punk,” definitely featuring only women. As @SinclairPup wrote, “I wish the people I follow could just get together and agree on what type of band#VagendaOfManocide is. I’m just so confused rn.” Some leapt ahead to contrarian cultural commentary: “some prefer Vagenda of Manocide’s earlier albums, before Hildabeast joined, but I think her shrill vocals rule,” wrote @nicepersonality.”

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I'm Not A Riot Grrrl

Over the past few years, I have been called a “Riot Grrrl” on numerous occasions. I think Riot Grrrls are pretty cool but I am not one and to tell you the truth, I’m not even sure that I could claim to have influenced or impacted that movement at all. Many of the women who were involved in creating Riot Grrrl were completely unaware of the women involved in creating the “first wave” punk scene. 

By the time the male-dominated punk scene of the mid-late 1980′s created the need for women to call “girls to the front,” the systematic erasure of female
contributions to the West Coast punk scene had already been long
underway.

There was a time when women involved in the punk scene were simply called “punks.” No differentiators, qualifiers or labels were needed. For those first, crucial, formative years of punk during the late 1970’s, we all felt empowered, we all felt equal. We were co-creators of punk. To negate that part of punk history is to once again negate the contributions of women. Turning us all into Riot Grrrls positions us in a different time and location. I am not from Olympia; I am from East L.A.

Top to bottom: Kira Roessler, Penelope Houston, Dianne Chai, Karla Maddog, Trudie Arguelles, Patricia Morrison, Phranc, The Go-Go’s, Punks on the stairs at the Elks Lodge in Los Angeles, 1978.

In the ‘90s when Bikini Kill was being born, I was playing in a band called Las Tres at Troy Café in downtown Los Angeles. Las Tres was made up of three Chicana punks. Like the Riot Grrrls, we clearly identified as feminist but we wrote and performed songs in English and Spanish about being women, about being brown. We were influenced by the sound of Mexican trios which we fused with the spirit of punk rock. Maybe you’ve never heard of Troy Cafe, or Las Tres, or Mexican trios, but we were there, doing our own thing - not Riot Grrrls, but every bit as valid and meaningful.


So, while I praise the Riot Grrrl movement for advancing the cause of feminism with creativity and courage, please don’t call me a Riot Grrrl. I am a punk. My story matters and it doesn’t need to be changed or re-labeled.