Wednesday, March 17, 2004

The lecture topic of my women's studies class a few weeks ago was women in music. We discussed the Riot Grrrls movement in the 80s and 90s, and specifically a band called Bikini Kill. This is punky, harsh, raw, loud, and political music. I'm fascinated by the lead singer, Kathleen Hanna. She was sort of spear-headed as the representative for the Riot Grrrls movement, though she's clearly reluctant for political (and I'm sure personal, though I don't want to speak for her) reasons. The movement was about women coming together, not one individual standing above all others, so Kathleen Hanna's response is not only understandable but highly respectable.

I've been listening to their stuff lately. Below is lyrics for one particular song, called White Boy. I really enjoy the song, and the lyrics even more so. If you get a chance, download this puppy.

White Boy - Bikini Kill

White Boy : I don't think it's a problem cuz most of the girls ask for it

Kathleen : Uh huh, how did they ask for it?

White Boy : The way they act, the way they...
I...I can't say they way they dress because that's their own personal choice

White Boy : Some of these dumb hoes, those slut rocker bitches walking down the street,
they're asking for it, they may deny it but it's true.

Lay me spread eagle out on your hill, yeah
Then write a book bout how I wanted to die
It's hard to talk with your dick in my mouth
I will try to scream in pain a little nicer next time


I'm so sorry if I'm alienating some of you
Your whole fucking culture alienates me
I can not scream from pain down here on my knees
I'm so sorry that I think!



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