Join my BFFs Lisa Darms, Kathleen Hanna, Ramdasha Bikceem and me to celebrate the publication of The Riot Grrrl Collection, a new book published by the Feminist Press. May 29th at the Fales Library, NYU, 7PM.
Above: Front cover of the legendary New Jersey skate punk zine GUNK, issue #4, 1993 (?), by Ramdasha Bikceem.
One of the unfortunate results of the porn wars was the fixing of an antiporn camp versus a sex-positive/ pro-porn camp. On one side, a capital P “Pornography” was a visual embodiment of the patriarchy and violence against women. On the other, Porn was defended as “speech,” or as a form that should not be foreclosed because it might some day be transformed into a vehicle for women’s erotic expression. The nuances and complexities of actual lowercase “pornographies” were lost in the middle. For example, sex-positive thinking does not always accommodate the ways in which women are constrained by sexuality. But the problem with antipornography’s assumption that sex is inherently oppressive to women— that women are debased when they have sex on camera— ignores and represses the sexuality of women. Hence, for us, sex-positive feminist porn does not mean that sex is always a ribbon-tied box of happiness and joy. Instead, feminist porn captures the struggle to define, understand, and locate one’s sexuality. It recognizes the importance of deferring judgment about the significance of sex in intimate and social relations, and of not presuming what sex means for specific people. Feminist porn explores sexual ideas and acts that may be fraught, confounding, and deeply disturbing to some, and liberating and empowering to others. What we see at work here are competing definitions of sexuality that expose the power of sexuality in all of its unruliness.
Nina Simone would have turned 80 years old today. Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tryon, N.C., she changed her name to Nina Simone (“Nina” meaning “little one” and “Simone” after the actress Simone Signoret) after she began singing in bars early in her career, something her Methodist minister mother none too subtly referred to as “working in the fires of hell.” This photo I am sharing today is my favorite of Ms. Simone, a stunning shot by Pittsburgh photography icon Charles “Teenie” Harris, circa 1965.
On May 5, the Feminist Press is publishing a book of reproductions of many of the zines, posters, and other printed matter that is collected in the Fales Collection at NYU’s Bobst Library. The book, entitled The Riot Grrrl Collection, is edited by Fales senior archivist Lisa Darm, and includes an essay by Le Tigre’s Joanna Fateman.
We are so excited for this collection to officially be published, and we hope you all are too!!!
At its core, Spit and Passion is about the transformative moment when music crashes into a stifling adolescent bedroom and saves you. Suddenly, you belong. At twelve years old, Cristy C. Road is struggling to balance tradition in a Cuban Catholic family with her newfound queer identity, and begins a chronic obsession with the punk band Green Day. In this stunning graphic biography, Road renders the clash between her rich inner world of fantasy and the numbing suburban conformity she is surrounded by. She finds solace in the closet—where she lets her deep excitement about punk rock foment, and finds in that angst and euphoria a path to self-acceptance.
Cristy C. Roadis a young Cuban American artist and writer from Miami; she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. She has reached cult status for work that captures the beauty of the imperfect. Her career began withGreenzine, a punk rock zine, which she made for ten years. She has since publishedIndestructible, an illustrated novel about high school;Distance Makes the Heart Grow Sick, a postcard book; andBad Habits, a love story about self-destruction and healing. She has also illustrated countless record album covers, book covers, political organizations propaganda, and magazine articles.
do you have a funny break up story or an earnest but embarrassing photograph of yourself acting out lesbian youthfulness, gay pride, or feminist spirit? if so, msg me ASAP bc tomorrow’s queer tribute to sarah mclachlan at dixon place needs you.
i am creating a collage of embarrassing stories…
OMFG WHY WASN’T I CONSULTED ON THIS ARTICLE? This is my dream beauty mag article. I want MAN HATE on my vag in rhinestones.