GIRL CRUSH: KATHLEEN HANNA
HOW FUCKING BADASS IS KATHLEEN HANNA? Bikini Kill was my first taste of the Riot Grrrl movement, and Kathleen Hanna was one of my first punk rock idols. The Riot Grrl movement really fed my interest in alternative fashion, do-it-yourself culture and youth zines. This unfortunately led to a fair chunk of my preteens being swallowed by safety-pinned clothing, black tights and obsessively researching Not Your Bitch and Kooks Magazine. Despite all of the clothes lost to excessive tearing, the hair shorn off in an attempt to get the perfect shag, and the unfortunate odor that always followed me as a result of a Salvation Army-salvaged wardrobe, these stages were some of the most formative years in my adolescence.
I read 'Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution' last year, and it delved into Hanna's rise through the punk rock ranks from student at Evergreen State in Olympia, Washington to a leader of a new wave of feminism. Next on my reading list is Hanna's Don't Need You: The Herstory of Riot Grrrl. In the meantime, I'll be Googling old issues of Revolution Girl Style Now and listening to Pussy Whipped.