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?

Thank you. PUNK

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.

Thank you for reading!Grrrl Pwr!

–Stephanie Novak


5 thoughts on “The Story of a Rebel Grrrl

  1. mandey April 14, 2007 / 5:00 am

    steph-a-nie. i have never purported to be a feminist, nor have i ever been political-minded enough to have any sort of cause at all, but my one true pasion is witnessing people with strong conviction and an unerring tendency to stand by their word.

    which is why i respect you immensely.

    you are a brilliant broad. and i use the term “broad” sarcastically.

  2. trishbendix December 11, 2007 / 8:31 pm

    i am a huge fan of “rock she wrote” as well! just came across your blog and am happy to have found it.

  3. justanother RebelGrrl in LOVE January 24, 2008 / 11:39 pm

    I EFFIN love this site, blog, etc. thankyou for being yet ANOTHER intellegent beautiful female with something to SAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YOU ROCK!!! and its women like you that make me strive to continue to be who I am@

  4. Jem July 30, 2009 / 8:08 pm

    Hey I came across this/your blog a couple months ago and I have to say that I as well as the commentors above, really like it! I also want to say that I COMPLETELY agree with the blog you wrote about on Katy Perry and her “music”. Keep on truckin’ grrrlfriend!

  5. ana74x March 7, 2013 / 9:47 pm

    Best “about me” I have ever read. Exactly the cool kind of chick I like to hear from. Go grrrl.

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