"Revolution Girl-Style Now!"
Riot Grrrls were originally born out of the "Punk" scene where rebellion was
expressed in attitude, appearance, style, and music. Defining Riot Grrrl is much
like defining Punk. There is no central organization, no authoritive definition,
just an attitude concerned with pointing out social hypocrisy and empowering people
to "do it yourself", creating a culture of their own when they see that the
mainstream media does not reflect their concerns or provide outlets for their
efforts. Riot Grrrl is a supportive environment for girls and young women which is
concerned with feminist issues such as rape, abortion rights, bulimia/anorexia,
sexism, sexuality, double standards, self-defense, fat oppression, classism, and
racism. Riot Grrrl is a network of fanzines that are produced by the angry "girl
revolutionaries" who identify with the music that is associated with Riot Grrrl.
The fanzines, self-designed and self-written, uncensored and uninhibited
photocopied publications, are often intensely personal. That personal outlet is
translated to larger political action when the fanzines are available to the
public, bringing people together for conventions and other consciousness-raising
activities. The ethos is about supporting each other and empowering each other. In
actuality, Riot Grrrl is a frame of mind. It's a way for them to come together in a
common cause: "Revolution Girl-Style Now!". Since no specific person or people
claim they created it, Riot Grrrl has meant many things to many people. Most girls
do not attempt to define it anymore. "EVERY GRRRL IS A RIOT GRRRL. All you need is
a healthy dose of pissed-of-ness at the treatment of womyn in our society. We are
NOT all punk, all white, all lesbians, all musicians, all fanzine editors, all
vegetarians, all victims of abuse, all straight edge. There is no 'stereotypical'
Riot Grrrl." (Knight 9)
The early Riot Grrrl scene was a "loose-knit" affiliation of feminist Punks,
formed circa 1991 in Olympia, Washington and Washington D.C. The philosophy of "do
it yourself" and "you can do anything" seemed to apply mostly to boys, who were the
ones making the music and dictating the styles. By the early '90s, more and more
girl bands started springing up, but ironically they found themselves battling
sexism and discrimination within a movement originally based in a consciousness
about youth and oppression. With the rallying cry, "Revolution Girl-Style Now!"
bands like Bikini Kill formed a small movement to combat the male dominance of the
Punk Scene and, by extension, the rest of the world. Inevitably, Riot Grrrl was
So there's this revolution happening all across the country and all across
countries and it's the revolution girl style and as a girl
revolutionary I want to say
something about it.
...This revolution is so real and so deep for me, it is something I have