Everything You Need to Know about the Riot Grrrl Movement: The Feminism of a New Generation

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Gr 6-10-This title analyzes an often-neglected aspect of American feminism. The Riot Grrrl Movement had its roots in the 1970s punk scene in which young women were welcomed and encouraged "to be nasty, aggressive, vitriolic, and outraged, to howl and roar and raise a ruckus." By the 1980s, women had been relegated to the margins of punk. Riot Grrrl was an early 1990s offshoot of its revival founded by feminist musicians, writers, and their friends in Olympia, WA. Under the slogan, "Do it yourself," the movement called for building self-confidence and mutual support. Fans formed chapters in the United States and abroad. Turner profiles the movement's leaders as well as figures from the earlier punk era who provided inspiration. Today, Riot Grrrl's legacy survives in music, in the many feminist magazines and comic books that it generated, and in the Web sites of a few chapters. Turner believes that Riot Grrrl represents the "third wave" of feminism after the suffragettes and Women's Liberation. While it may be that she exaggerates the significance of Riot Grrrl, she has written a colorful, spirited account that fills in some blank pages of women's history.-Libby K. White, Jewish Vocational Services, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781608540952
  • Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: The Need to Know Library
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 years

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2002

    Excellent overview

    This is a great resource for informing young people about the history of the riot grrrl movement,an excellent overview that will leave them wanting to know even more. Though somewhat lacking in details that would make it more interesting for older readers, Turner manages to present the information in terms that are easily understood by young readers. It is a concise retelling of a movement whose importance has been consistentely underrated by the mainstream media. Very inspirational, a 'must read' for young women. You'll want to pick up some extra copies to give to your young friends.

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