The Riot Grrrl Movement
By Dylan Conner
Most people aren’t exactly sure what the hell I’m talking about when I go on long tangents about how kick-ass the Riot Grrrl movement really is. So I figured, “hey it’s the theme of the month, why not break it down for our readers before they get halfway through this month and have no idea what’s going on with Sucker and why we keep posting about angry punk girls.”
So what IS the Riot Grrrl movement? First off, it’s awesome, always will be. I mean, what could possibly be more badass than an entire DIY punk subculture of activist women who are just super down with equality and giving a voice to those who don’t have one? The Riot Grrrl movement started in the early 90s in the Pacific North West, notably in Olympia, Washington. Their goal was to combine feminist consciousness and punk style. The Riot Grrrl bands sparked conversation about rape, domestic violence, sexuality, patriarchy, and global/intersectional woman empowerment. All of which is important to modern day feminism. Combining music with art, zines, political action and activism, the Riot Grrrls aimed to use these platforms to speak out about the issues I just mentioned. Often, they would be known to host meetings and be supporters of all women in music. Some notable names in the Riot Grrrl community you might be familiar with are Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill, Joan Jett/The Runaways, Courtney Love of Hole, Babes in Toyland, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Siouxsie Sioux and Sleater-Kinney… just to name a few. I wont even get started on where you should start listening first (that’s why we compiled a sweet playlist for you, coming soon.)
So with all of that said, I hope this next month will make a lot more sense. The Riot Grrrl movement is incredibly important to all of us here at Sucker, and we hope we can share that love with our readers.
By Grace Giselle
Nearly 2,000 people are raped daily in America. Women are the victims of the majority of these cases. Both male and female rape victims are unlikely to report their cases to the authorities.
By Kayla Gutierrez
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept,” the wise words of Angela Davis, a line among the inspiring quotes by many other political activists, had sparked the many dazed and fragile minds of the black masses for many decades.
By Yvonne Villasenor
There are a good majority of people in the United States who are uneducated on the subject of mental illness – this is more likely to result in a stigma against someone who has one. Mental illnesses are a subject that need to be taught in school in order to bring more awareness and end the shame that comes with them.
By Dylan Conner
Photo by Ari Marcopoulos
I couldn’t tell you how many times I have told people I like hip hop only to be asked, “even with what It promotes?” I’ve racked my brain trying to figure out what that means. What “message” does it promote? I lost count of the people who I’ve talked to who are so quick to close the entire genre into a box with descriptions such as “misogynistic” and “supportive of drug culture”. Like every other genre of music, there is a culture that surrounds it, why is hip-hop so quick to be demonized?
STOP ROMANTICIZING HOMELESSNESS AND THE “STARVING ARTIST.”
Still from Into the Wild
I was in an art-school class with a girl from the suburbs (I live in the city), and she was telling me about her plans after high school, living as a drifting artist on the street. I couldn’t help but roll my eyes because she’d obviously been watching too many films. I was telling another friend about lunch, which involved an intrusive (guy-wouldn’t-leave) downtown encounter with a possibly homeless man at a restaurant, and he asked me, “Didn’t you ask the guy if he had a cool story?”