The Origins of the Riot Grrrl Ethos


Good friend of the Marina is Red team, Molly Tie is working on a book, which readers of the e'zine will already know. However, Molly just contacted me to say that she has made it into the shortlist of a publishing competition with Penguin and is frantically writing to meet their deadline of 26th August.

With that in mind, she contacted me to ask if I could get as many people involved as possible as she needs to know your experiences and stories.

She said:

The aim of the book is to explore the lived experience of being a female into punk music. Any era of punk and any sub-genre is included- whether it was the originally 1970s cohort of British bands; the American Hardcore scene of the 80s or 90s pop-punk, it doesn’t matter! Whether you were in a band; going to gigs or listening to songs in your room- I want to hear from you!

The main bulk of the book will trace key events in the wider women’s and social movement(s) of the time and look at how punk reacted to that. Did women find empowerment and support in the punk movement? Was it easy to find punk songs/bands that addressed key issues such as: violence against women; poverty; women’s health issues; the experiences of women of colour/trans women/disabled women? Does it really matter? You tell me!

Find out more about the project and fill in your answers by using the following link!!