Discussion Reflection: Music as Advocacy

In the history of feminism, what I think is too often overlooked is the role a musical movement played in the equality and suffrage of women. Often called the “Riot Grrrl” movement, it gave women a way to express themselves musically. They wrote songs covering several topics. Popular ones included domestic abuse, racism, and female empowerment. The movement itself originated in the 1990s and has provided women an outlet for their creativity and opinions. For example, below is “Rebel Girl” by Bikini Kill.

The feminist movement has a long history and many different aspects that have changed or have been replaced over time, and the Riot Grrrl movement was an energetic and expressive part of that. While opponents of Riot Grrrl called it extreme, I think it was the outlet women needed to go all out and not worry about what others expected them to act like.

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