Girls to the Front The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution

ISBN-10: 0061806366
ISBN-13: 9780061806360
Edition: 2010
Authors: Sara Marcus
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Book details

List price: $9.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

At the beginning of the 1990s, the Senate didn't believe Anita Hill, Rush Limbaugh compared feminists to Nazis, and a study found that girls tended to start hating themselves during adolescence. It was a hard time to be a young woman, to be growing up on promises of equal rights that didn't square with reality. Sexual assault rates reached record highs; harassment was rife in the schools; boys still would be boys, and girls still had to watch what they wore and where they walked. It was enough to make a girl want to scream. Riot Grrrl roared into the spotlight in 1991: an uncompromising movement of pissed-off girls who had no patience for sexism, no stomach for double standards, and no intention of keeping quiet. Incendiary punk bands-like Bratmobile, Heavens to Betsy, and above all Bikini Kill, fronted by the magnetic, prophetic Kathleen Hanna-spread the word. Thousands of riot grrrls published handmade magazines, founded local groups, and organised conventions. The movement spread from its birthplaces of Washington, D.C. and Olympia, Washington, to the Midwest, Canada, Europe, and beyond. Girls to the Front, the first-ever history of Riot Grrrl, is a gripping narrative with a sound track: a lyrical, punk-infused chronicle of a group of extraordinary young women coming of age angrily, collectively, and publicly. It's the story of a time when America thought feminism was dead, and feminism seemed to buy into the slacker myths of Generation X, but a generation of noisy girls rose up to prove everybody wrong. Above all, it's a story about looking for your place in the world-and finally creating it yourself.

I Was Going to Be One of Them (An Author's Note)
Prologue: Mass Movement
1989-92
Double Dare Ya: The Birth of Bikini Kill
Come Out and Play with Me: Bratmobile Begins
Revolution Summer Girl Style Now
When She Talks, I Hear the Revolution
Girl Gangs Must Rule
1992-93
Conventions
The Media Is the Barrage
"The Press Needs a Mouth for a Movement"
"What Is Riot Grrrl, Anyway?"
Every Girl Is a Riot Grrrl
"This Is Happening Without Your Permission"
1993-94
The Soul of Every Girl
A Cruel Revolution
Epilogue: The Feminist Future
Postscript
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Notes

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