Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has declared Thursday, April 9 as “Riot Grrrl” day to honor Kathleen Hanna, Bikini Kill founder, cultural pioneer, and conquering badass. Walsh’s mayoral proclamation praises the “formidable wave” of female musicians, artists and writers who rose up through Riot Grrrl, saying the movement has…
Today in "sure, why not," Kathleen Hanna reached out to Miley Cyrus via Twitter to suggest they collaborate on an album together. Hanna was inspired to contact Cyrus after Cyrus posted some old Bikini Kill pics on Instagram.
Fact: Kathleen Hanna's seal of approval probably won't quiet all the noise about whether Taylor Swift is Likeable/Super-Talented/Super Annoying/Lacks A Sense of Humor/A Feminist Even Though She Says She's Not/A Feminist's Nightmare—or, uh actually, let's just go with "Valid" as an all-encompassing term.
To celebrate the their 25th anniversary (holy shit, we're old!), the seminal riot grrrl band Bikini Kill has launched their own record label, Bikini Kill Records, in order to reissue physical copies of their albums. (Currently, they're only available digitally.)
When asked about how the three female pop musicians are seemingly touching on themes of gay empowerment, she says:
"Being a role model is complicated cuz it involves thinking of oneself like a character in a novel and can be really dehumanizing...If I am a role model, I want to be one who is unafraid to make mistakes." [Rebel Grrrl Italiana]
Feminists seem to love bickering about feminism. And as more women join the conversation, it gets nastier…and better! It's exciting that so many care enough about it. But it's time Judge Judy kept some order.
Riot Grrrl Retrospective is an "online exhibition" of 11 short clips - which include archival footage and interviews - that explore how the political/musical movement started, and why it faded away.