Re-blogged by The Belle Jar: Rediscovering Riot Grrrl: Three things I’ve learnt from the Revolution

One of my most recent articles for The Belle Jar.

Belle Jar

Hey girlfriend
I got a proposition goes something like this:
Dare ya to do what you want
Dare ya to be who you will
Dare ya to cry, cry outloud
“You get so emotional baby”

Double dare ya, double dare ya, double dare ya
Girl fuckin friend yeah!

 When I heard the lyrics to Bikini Kill’sDouble Dare Ya, it felt like a call to arms. I double dared myself to look in to the Riot Grrrl Revolution a few months ago, and I’ve been researching ever since.  I’ve become obsessed with the Riot Grrrl bands that dominated (and essentially, invented) the female punk scene in the early nineties; Bikini Kill, Bratmobile and Huggy Bear are just a few of the names I have encountered. After reading Sara Marcus’ ‘historical rockument’ Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution, I felt like the momentum…

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