Riot Grrrl’s Message Lives On


When I first sang Bikini Kill’s “Rebel Girl” while playing Rock Band on my boyfriend’s PlayStation 3, I had no idea that it was an early 1990s feminist anthem. Considering the fact that I was four-years-old in 1990, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that I missed the boat on the whole Riot Grrrl movement. However, I think the “Revolution Grrrl Style” message is just as important today as it was then. Perhaps even more so.

Riot Grrrl was an underground feminist punk rock movement in the 1990s which embodied third-wave feminist ideals. They promoted their feminist agendas through underground punk and garage bands and self-published “zines” or “fanzines”. The movement was started partially in response to the male-dominated punk and grunge scene in the Olympia, Wash. area at the time.

You can still listen to music from the bands most commonly associated with Riot Grrrl today, most notably Bikini Kill and Bratmobile. Also, you can follow a number of feminist issues on the Riot Grrrl blog, Forwrrrd. Also check out this video featuring Bikini Kill’s “Rebel Girl.”


One Response to “Riot Grrrl’s Message Lives On”

  1. Hi Allison! 🙂 I LOVE your blog! Keep up the GREAT work! Thanks for linking to my website and to my blog, Forwrrrd in this post! (and on the blogroll)

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