There is nothing more powerful than the word, written or spoken. Here is the Riot Grrrl Manifesto:
By Kathleen Hannah
BECAUSE us girls crave records and books and fanzines that speak to US that WE feel included in and can understand in our own ways.
BECAUSE we wanna make it easier for girls to see/hear each other’s work so that we can share strategies and criticize-applaud each other.
BECAUSE we must take over the means of production in order to create our own moanings.
BECAUSE viewing our work as being connected to our girlfriends-politics-real lives is essential if we are gonna figure out how we are doing impacts, reflects, perpetuates, or DISRUPTS the status quo.
BECAUSE we recognize fantasies of Instant Macho Gun Revolution as impractical lies meant to keep us simply dreaming instead of becoming our dreams AND THUS seek to create revolution in our own lives every single day by envisioning and creating alternatives to the bullshit christian capitalist way of doing things.
BECAUSE we want and need to encourage and be encouraged in the face of all our own insecurities, in the face of beergutboyrock that tells us we can’t play our instruments, in the face of “authorities” who say our bands/zines/etc are the worst in the US and
BECAUSE we don’t wanna assimilate to someone else’s (boy) standards of what is or isn’t.
BECAUSE we are unwilling to falter under claims that we are reactionary “reverse sexists” AND NOT THE TRUEPUNKROCKSOULCRUSADERS THAT WE KNOW we really are.
BECAUSE we know that life is much more than physical survival and are patently aware that the punk rock “you can do anything” idea is crucial to the coming angry grrrl rock revolution which seeks to save the psychic and cultural lives of girls and women everywhere, according to their own terms, not ours.
BECAUSE we are interested in creating non-heirarchical ways of being AND making music, friends, and scenes based on communication + understanding, instead of competition + good/bad categorizations.
BECAUSE doing/reading/seeing/hearing cool things that validate and challenge us can help us gain the strength and sense of community that we need in order to figure out how bullshit like racism, able-bodieism, ageism, speciesism, classism, thinism, sexism, anti-semitism and heterosexism figures in our own lives.
BECAUSE we see fostering and supporting girl scenes and girl artists of all kinds as integral to this process.
BECAUSE we hate capitalism in all its forms and see our main goal as sharing information and staying alive, instead of making profits of being cool according to traditional standards.
BECAUSE we are angry at a society that tells us Girl = Dumb, Girl = Bad, Girl = Weak.
BECAUSE we are unwilling to let our real and valid anger be diffused and/or turned against us via the internalization of sexism as witnessed in girl/girl jealousism and self defeating girltype behaviors
BECAUSE I believe with my wholeheartmindbody that girls constitute a revolutionary soul force that can, and will change the world for real.
Now, I’m not the maker of music but I do believe in creating environments that foster dialogue and work towards change. I cannot stress enough that change is still needed within our society. With the Health Care Reform Bill passing it just proved that bigotry, racism and sexism still exist predominantly within our society (but it was a giant step for our Neighbours). Just do a search on Tea Party, Obamacare, HCR on twitter and be catapulted by messages of hate. Turn on your television and be subjected to women being judged on how beautiful and sexy they look in photoshopped images. Turn on your radio and listen to young starlets who have just turn legal scream about their immature sexuality. Read a newspaper and hear a politician make a sexist remarks. Above all that you still hear the ramblings on debate towards Women’s Choice where conservatives want to take away the right to choice and de-legalize abortion.
This is a call for the first step. To all who are in a creative scene, who are pissed by an overt masculinist society and would like to see magazines like cosmopolitan go out of print. It is time for the masses to wake up and stop being a cog for the well oiled capitalist machine. If not the masses then the individual.
Here is what I’m thinking:
1) We start an online zine that is geared toward Southern Alberta
2) We start holding monthly meetings to discuss the things that piss us off, to create art, music, dialogue.
3) We write it all down. Keep record of everything.
If interested e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feminism is an inclusive movement where it seeks to include all races, sexes and sexualities. It tries to push to give voice to minorities. If your thought process lies within these frameworks then contact me.
This is nothing new, I know, but I know that many of us are itching to do more then what we are already doing. I know I’m. I know that I would like to highlight what the people close to me are doing to change the aspects of society that they are not sastisfied with. And also, help a bitch out.