Riot Grrrl

During last term we studied Youth Cultures, I already had existing knowledge on Riot Grrrls and I knew that their overall ethics interested me, so I decided to study them further. I found many existing Riot Grrrl bands based in and around Manchester and Leeds and instantly contacted them through Facebook. I used Facebook as a tool for interviewing and most of them were happy to participate. It was interesting to see if people who categorised themselves as Riot Grrrls still incorporated the same ideologies into their work/music that the 90’s Riot Grrrl movement created. The key quote that enticed me to do my research was McDonnell 1994 who states that Riot Grrrls were “Dead” and “Irrelevant” by 1994. I was born in 1994 and for me to have such an interest in Riot Grrrls is a clear example of the significant affect that Riot Grrrls have caused for young women today.

Some bands were all girl based, others had female leads but most of them prided themselves on the ability they had to produce their own music with their own passionate lyrics, something that women during the Punk era unfortunately lacked.

Although Riot Grrrl music is not something that I listen to, the overall passion and ideologies that are incorporated into the music is something that interests me.

Anyone who is interested in finding out about existing Riot Grrrl bands, here are some of the bands that I interviewed: Jesus and his judgmental father, The Orielles, Hannah Golightly, LIINES, Esper Scout and many more. Check out: http://notrightpunk.com/riot-grrrl-uk/

 

My images: LIINES & The Orielles

Carol (2015)

I went to watch Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015) on Saturday night. I did not know much about it, just that the Guardian had given it 5 stars. In my opinion, that counts as a must-see. I was thrilled to discover that it had two strong female protagonists Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Both actresses have starred in what I would call Feminist movies, from Blue Jasmine to Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. They both play their roles extremely well and it was extremely intriguing to see patriarchy challenged so intensely within a film set around 60 years ago. For me, it was extremely liberating.

The lead character Carol was definitely iconic to me and it displayed how brutal homosexuality and divorce was way back when. It is great to compare them times to now and see the progression that we are constantly experiencing. I did a little background research after watching it, the story line was of course based on a real story! The author Patricia Highsmith wrote about her experiences meeting a woman that she fell in love with on that very toy counter in Bloomingdales, the novel was named ‘The price of salt’.

Due to the issues of equality during this time, it was illegal to publish content about gay people. There has been a previous attempt at converting this novel into a film but unfortunately Carol was turned into a male role called Carl, signifying that the traditional family norms were not yet ready to be challenged on tv. I guess this is what gives the film such a liberating feeling. We can now pay directors to make films about these people’s real life stories and what’s even better is that it is receiving 5 stars in The Guardian. Hoorah!

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Broad City

It is so refreshing to finally find a comedy show so female dominated and what is even better is the fact that my boyfriend thoroughly enjoys it too. I’ve heard male discussions about how women are only funny when they speak about their periods etc… This show completely challenges and dismisses this belief, for me this is a step in the right direction.

As I am a Film and Media student at Manchester Metropolitan I have studied Gender within film and media studies, although Laura Mulvey brought the male gaze theory to attention during the 1960s it still applies to the majority of films and television that exist today, therefore Broad City is a backlash against the male gaze, A PURE FEMALE GAZE.

What’s great about Broad City is it is something that I can immediately relate to and I’m sure a lot of other women can too. It displays the funny yet truthful situations that young women experience day to day, without the mainstream aim of attracting the heterosexual male. And what does it for me is that it shows the gruesome and painfully real dilemmas that occur during women’s lives, it might actually educate some men on what not to do to females… hmm… maybe not.

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