Most of these songs were on a mixtape called Grrrl’s Best Friend that I made for driving around with my girl gang during my junior year of high school. It was 1996. We were a few years too late to be a part of the original Riot Grrrl movement, but it didn’t stop us from making zines, writing “Revolution Grrrl Style Now!” in Sharpie on every available surface, and buying all the grrrl-band CDs and 7-inches we could get our hands on. “Rebel Girl” by Bikini Kill became a battle cry for four teenage girls who were sick of being made fun of for being different or harassed for simply being female. I’m not exaggerating when I say that Riot Grrrl and these songs saved my life.
HEY, ROOKIES! Next month’s theme is LOST AND FOUND. We’re looking for writing, illustration, photography, video, collage, etc., on things we have lost and times we’ve been found; on being independent vs. asking for help; on solitude, pros and cons; shyness and the conquering of same; misanthropy and empathy and love and how they can coexist. On everything that makes us feel less alone in this world. Here is where to send your stuff. Thank you! ♥♥♥
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