Your fav riot grrlll is back to talk about my fav subject: Music
First lets talk about the OG Riot Grrrl’s and the impact of their songs. According to the Guardian the top ten bands and songs of the movement are the following:
- Bikini Kill- Rebel Girl
- Bratmobile- Cool Schmool
- Heavens to Betsy – Terrorist
- L7- Pretend We’re Dead
- Huggy Bear- Her Jazz
- Sleater Kinney – Dig Me Out
- The Frumpies – I Just Wanna Puke on the Stereo
- Le Tigre – Hot Topic
- The Gossip – Standing in the Way of Control
- Perfect Pussy – Driver
Now why are these women and their famous songs so important?
The music and the bands were a vital part of the feminist movement in the 90s. These individuals entered in a a male dominated genre of music, alternative. These women did not conform to the stereotypical quite, petite, nurturing expectations. Musicians like Paula Cole and Alanis Morissette entered the scene with their anger aggressive and loud personas, breaking down patriarchal views on women. Not only were their composure and attitudes towards the genre revolutionary but so was their music. Their songs ranged from advocating against violence against women, for equal rights, and for other issues on race, gender, sexuality, and LGBTQ+ community.
This movement however grew from a mere musical movement into a social movement. The Riot Grrrls later produced “The Riot Grrrl Manifesto”
This manifesto is what made an impact on the white men in Washington D.C. These women at the ned of the day wanted to normalize the angry woman, breaking down stereotypes and fighting for what they want. This is why it is important not to overlook a group of very, very, very angry women.
Now some feminist Anthem’s Today:
According to Billboard.com
a few of the top 25 feminist anthems outside of the punk and alternative genre of the Riot Grrrrl movement are the following:
- M.I.A- “Bad Girls”
- Hijabi (wrap my Hijab)- Mona Haydar
- Thunder Thighs- Miss Eaves
- Amigas Cheetahs- The Cheetah Girls
- Typical Girls – The Slits
- Independent Woman- Destiny’s Child
- Quiet – MILCK
- Cinderella – Play
- Woman – Kesha
- The Future is Female – Madame Gandhi (TT the Artist Club Remix featuring UNIIQU3)
- I Am Her – Shea Diamond
- ***Flawless- Beyoncé
And click on the link for the rest of the list.
I want to pose a new song that I think should be in running for the new top feminist anthem:
Frist of all Christina Aguilera is a QUEEN with a voice from the heaven. This song is all about expressing one’s individuality and standing up against societal norms, thus why it is in the running for the new feminist anthem for 2018.
It is important to appreciate the girl power songs of the past from the feminist movement, to Destiny’s Child, to even the Cheetah Girls. However, it is time to evolve. Our feminism is no longer focused on just the anger of white women, we have evolved to an intersectional feminist movement. Anthems should now not only be focused on the rights of women, but should also focus on trans, gay, queer, disabled, racial rights, and self love!
Stay tuned for more,