The Story of a Rebel Grrrl
I’m one of many out there. I’ve read some Marilyn Frye and I love Jean Kilbourne’s “Killing Us Softly” series. I am inspired by the riot grrrl movement and I think they were onto something. Music and revolution should go hand in hand.
Think about it. Many of the best artists were on the side of a revolution, and normally that revolution was one of positive changes-a revolution for Peace, for an end to inequality, for the right to be recognized as human.
I love Joan Jett and Patti Smith and if I met either of them could die happily.
I’m indebted to Evelyn McDonnell and Ann Powers for Rock She Wrote. Had I not encountered this book, my life would be spiralling in a far different direction. I finally have a place for music that I did not have before.
I talk about music way too much. In fact I pretty much obssess. But I don’t do this in the way most people do. My conversations are all about women in music, the language used and the meanings– how the music is meaningful to me and my experience.
Feminism is important. I am a feminist and will not hide this. It’s frequently misunderstood, but even so, call me a lesbian, a hairy woman or a bra burner and you know what my response will be?
None of these are insults-they just challenge what’s normal. And if there is one thing I have never been it’s ‘normal.’ I used to enjoy calling myself crazy, for if I was ‘normal’ then I would be the most boring person in the world.
I will use my feminist nature to call out injustices–be they sexist, racist or homophobic–and see to it that I remain on the side of a feminist revolution.
I will use my music obsession to spotlight musicians worth hearing about, call out gender biases in artist coverage (think Britney Spears vs. Owen Wilson) and make sure women artists are as recognized for their musical talent and not their “hot” factor.
I will not ask “Why’s the world so messed up and why aren’t people doing something?”
The lesson we all need to learn is that we cannot sit from afar and hope that things will be better. Our voices need to be heard. Our actions need to be recognized.
I will be part of the change.