“Wait a minute, there’s a sister in there?”: the untold stories of Riot Grrrl critics and revolutionists
LE3 .A278 2017
Master of Arts
Feminist academia understands Riot Grrrl as a vital outlet for community support, sisterhood and activism; nonetheless, accounts of racial, class and sexual discrimination by the white, middle class front-runners of the movement have surfaced in the last decade. The hyper-masculine, mainstream US punk subculture struggled with racial and gender diversity, which was the key factor for the creation of Riot Grrrl feminism. In this thesis, I argue that, like its parent culture, Riot Grrrl follows similar hierarchical power structures. I use narrative analysis and standpoint theory to organize the stories of activists through eight semi-structured interviews. Each participant’s relationship to the Riot Grrrl movement is unique and the interviews articulate how they have tailored and rejected dominant ideas and philosophies of Riot Grrrl, and how they highlight concerns relative to them. The study concludes that poor executions of well-intended philosophies can hinder its original purpose. Diversity and inclusion should be vital parts of feminist ideology.
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