Riot Grrrl is a feminist punk movement that began in the early 90’s. It is a movement that works to combine feminism with punk and politics. movement that combines feminist consciousness and punk style and politics.
Riot Grrrl primarily dealt with punk music because punk has always been seen as a rebellious form of expression, and these women definitely felt rebellious. The bands that are apart of the movement usually turn to issues like rape, abuse, racism, sexuality, and female empowerment in a patriarchal world.
Some of the most famous bands from this movement include Heavens to Betsy, Bratmobile, Bikini Kill, and Huggy Bear.
Though Riot Grrrl was heavy on politics and music, it also dealt with DIY art such as zines.
There were many local meetings that addressed racist, homophobic, and sexist issues, and tried to put a stop to these things.
The Riot Grrrl Movement didn’t officially start until the 90’s, but there were many groundbreaking musical groups from the 70’s and 80’s that helped inspire the movement. The Raincoats, Chrissie Hynde, Y Pants, and X-Ray Spex are just a few. The lyrics of their music were personal and intimate.
However, many women in the punk movement felt out of place because of the obvious misogyny in punk culture.
The term Riot Grrrl took some time to develop, but its origins are traceable. Jen Smith, member of Bratmobile, used the term “girl riot” in a letter that she wrote to Alison Wolfe to describe the atmosphere of the ongoing movement. After that, Allison Wolfe and Molly Neuman decided to collaborate with Tobi Vail and Kathleen Hanna to create a new zine. They called it Riot Grrrl. Grrrl used a triple r as a way to take back the derogatory use of the word girl.