Riot Grrrl Zines and Feminist Rhetorics
Riot grrrls, punk feminists best known for their girl power activism and message, used punk ideologies and the literacy practice of zine-ing to create radical feminist sites of resistance. In what ways did zines document feminism and activism of the 1990s? How did riot grrrls use punk ideologies to participate in DIY sites?
In Writing a Riot: Riot Grrl Zines and Feminist Rhetorics, Buchanan argues that zines are a form of literacy participation used to document personal, social, and political values within punk. She examines zine studies as an academic field, how riot grrrls used zines to promote punk feminism, and the ways riot grrrl zines dealt with social justice issues of rape and race. Writing a Riot is the first full-length book that examines riot grrrl zines and their role in documenting feminist history.
Chapter 4. Riot Grrrl Zines as Social Circulation
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RIOT GRRRL ZINES AS SOCIAL CIRCULATION
“A feminist is anyone who believes that women deserve equal rights to men, are not inferior, do not deserve to be stereotyped any more than men do and deserve respect. If I ever use this word broadly, this is what I mean. It doesn’t matter WHO you are, if you agree with these sentiments you are a feminist.”
—Colette Ryder-Hall, Looks Yellow, Tastes Red 7
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