1989 RIOT GRRRL MANIFESTO [EN]

RIOT GRRRL MANIFESTO

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1989

BECAUSE us girls crave records and books and fanzines that speak to US that WE feel included in and can understand in our own ways

BECAUSE we wanna make it easier for girls to see hear each other s work so that we can share strategies and criticize applaud each other

BECAUSE we must take over the means of production in order to create our own moanings

BECAUSE viewing our work as being connected to our girlfriends politics real lives is essential if we are gonna figure out how we are doing impacts reflects perpetuates or DISRUPTS the status quo

BECAUSE we recognize fantasies of Instant Macho Gun Revolution as impractical lies meant to keep us simply dreaming instead of becoming our dreams AND THUS seek to create revolution in our own lives every single day by envisioning and creating alternatives to the bullshit christian capitalist way of doing things

BECAUSE we want and need to encourage and be encouraged in the face of all our own insecurities in the face of beergutboyrock that tells us we can t play our instruments in the face of authorities who say our bands zines etc are the worst in the US and BECAUSE we don t wanna assimilate to someone else s boy standards of what is or isn t

BECAUSE we are unwilling to falter under claims that we are reactionary reverse sexists AND NOT THE TRUEPUNKROCKSOULCRUSADERS THAT WE KNOW we really are

BECAUSE we know that life is much more than physical survival and are patently aware that the punk rock you can do anything idea is crucial to the coming angry grrrl rock revolution which seeks to save the psychic and cultural lives of girls and women everywhere according to their own terms not ours

BECAUSE we are interested in creating non heirarchical ways of being AND making music friends and scenes based on communication understanding instead of competition good bad categorizations

BECAUSE doing reading seeing hearing cool things that validate and challenge us can help us gain the strength and sense of community that we need in order to figure out how bullshit like racism able bodieism ageism speciesism classism thinism sexism anti semitism and heterosexism figures in our own lives

BECAUSE we see fostering and supporting girl scenes and girl artists of all kinds as integral to this process

BECAUSE we hate capitalism in all its forms and see our main goal as sharing information and staying alive instead of making profits of being cool according to traditional standards

BECAUSE we are angry at a society that tells us Girl Dumb Girl Bad Girl Weak

BECAUSE we are unwilling to let our real and valid anger be diffused and or turned against us via the internalization of sexism as witnessed in girl girl jealousism and self defeating girltype behaviors

BECAUSE I believe with my wholeheartmindbody that girls constitute a revolutionary soul force that can and will change the world for real