riot grrrl zines

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Nearly finished my females of rock zine! There are so many more women I wanted to put into this but these are the ones who have influenced me the most. I’m really happy with how it’s turning out. The quotes are from Riot Grrrl and varying artists through the booklet. 

Riot Grrrl inspired wallpaper for iPhone 6. Pls like if you save. I’d love to figure out what artists are responsible for some of these, so let me know.

Stop apologizing for your emotions art: @ambivalentlyyours

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“I wanted to make something that I wanted to hear that I wasn’t hearing.”

Happy Moxie Monthly! As release date approaches, we’d like to honor a Moxie girl central to our story: Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill! Instrumental in the beginning of third wave feminism and the inclusion of women in punk, her title of Moxie girl is well deserved. And while most know her iconic songs and what she stands for, we’d like to dig a little deeper and show you how she got where she is today.

Kathleen Hanna was born in Portland, but spent much of her early life constantly on the move. At age 9, she first became interested in feminism when her mother started attending rallies and reading feminist publications. The two quickly bonded over feminism, her mother checking out feminist literature like The Feminine Mystique and subscribing to Ms. Magazine, and young Hanna cutting up those magazines to make her own feminist posters and collages. The two had to hide their new interest from Hanna’s disapproving father until the divorce.

Her passion grew every year, and she began to express her experiences and frustrations with sexism in other mediums. In college, she and a friend set up a photography exhibit dealing with subjects like sexism and AIDS; it was promptly taken down by the school, and Hanna cites this act of censorship as her first foray into activism. She also got into spoken-word poetry, but finally switched to music after a discussion with feminist writer Kathy Acker, who admired Hanna’s desire to express herself but noted that she’d be better off in the music scene where she’d have more listeners.

She started and played in many bands, including Amy Carter, The Julie Ruin, Viva Knievel, and finally, Bikini Kill, which became a staple of the Olympia music scene in the 90s. She and her band emphasized political action, awareness, and empowerment of women. Her songs, zines, and ‘girls to the front’ ethos not only encouraged women to enjoy punk, but helped keep them safe while they were doing so, out of dangerous mosh pits and safe from harassers.

Looking back, Hanna acknowledges criticisms of the riot grrrl movement as a largely white, cis, and middle class movement and regrets it was not more inclusive. She looks forward to new projects, like the People of Color Zine Project, that aim to make riot grrrl intersectional and accessible to all.

And although that about sums her up, we can’t get enough of Kathleen Hanna! So before we go, here are 5 fun facts about this riot grrrl:


  1. She invented the title of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Referring to the deoderant, Hanna scrawled “Kurt smells like teen spirit” on his wall.
  2. She battled Lyme disease. The chronic illness made it difficult & even impossible to play some days, but she was pronounced Lyme free 2015.
  3. She was a hostess at a gay bar. Her signature hostess songs were The Clash’s Should I Stay or Should I Go & Kool and the Gang’s Celebration.
  4. The biggest feminist issue to her is poverty “because if you’re just trying to put food on the table, you’re not part of the conversation.”
  5. She’s still making music! Julie Ruin reunited and released an album, Hit Reset, just last year.
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2 issues of “Girl Germs” by Bratmobile, “Bikini Kill # 1 & #2”,“April Fools Day” By Kathleen Hanna (bikini kill),“i’m so fucking beautiful” by Nomy Lamm & “Channel 7"by Corin Tucker

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