Killing ourselves is not subversive:Riot Grrrl from zine to screen and the commodification of female transgression

Spiers, Emily (2015) Killing ourselves is not subversive:Riot Grrrl from zine to screen and the commodification of female transgression. Women: A Cultural Review, 26 (1-2). pp. 1-21. ISSN 0957-4042

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Abstract

This article draws on material from the Riot Grrrl Collection at New York University's Fayles Library to examine the culture of ‘zine’ production in riot grrrl communities in the United States during the 1990s. After investigating the relationship between the political issues and aesthetic strategies explored by riot grrrl literary producers, the author analyses the points of tension arising within the movement, which become illuminated by zines’ revelatory confessional modes, or what Mimi Thi Nguyen has called riot grrrl's ‘aesthetics of access’. The author subsequently enquires after the implications for riot grrrl politics of understanding experiences of oppression and transgressive behaviour as cultural commodities. Finally, the author goes on to trace the commodification of the transgressive feminist gesture in mainstream popular culture and contemporary online feminist activism in the United States.

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Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Women: A Cultural Review
Additional Information:
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Women:A Cultural Review on 16/07/2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09574042.2015.1035021
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25 Jan 2017 15:24
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