Hanna’s Riot Grrrl Manifesto is as alive — and needed — today as it was twenty years ago. I’ll save it for the book and my weekly soap box rather than get into here how little, it feels sometimes, things have changed for women in many arenas all over the world.
According to a piece by Bryanna Cappadona in Boston Magazine, part of the proclamation that Mayor Walsh signed, which is adapted from Hanna’s original manifesto, reads, “The riot grrrl philosophy has never felt more relevant, with misogyny still rampant in many cultural spaces;” and “Riot grrrls redefine the language used against them and continue to fight the newest incarnations of patriarchy. In doing so, they ironically confirm one ex-congressman’s accidental wisdom: ‘the female body has ways to try to shut that down.’ It sure does: women’s voices telling their stories can shut that down.”
If you haven’t seen the Hanna documentary, The Punk Singer, definitely check it out. It was not long after I had seen it that I created my musky musky Girls Like Us fragrance and named it after Hanna’s the Julie Ruin song.
Girls like us might flock to scandals
But girls like us don’t give a shit
Girls like us pick up the hot handles
And burn our hands and we get over it
Let's stand the eff out! Let's be unstoppable!
Do you have a favorite riot grrrl memory? Hanna moment? Just getting to know her? What’s yr take on Cassavetes?