Thu Aug 16, 2012, 02:59 AM
Adenoid_Hynkel (11,608 posts)
"We Are All Pussy Riot": Kathleen Hanna Speaks on the Jailed Feminist Punk Group
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The pioneer of the riot girl movement is length by Pitchfork - a lengthy and good read:
Pitchfork: Has there been a single group over the past decade or so that's made you as excited as Pussy Riot?
Kathleen Hanna: It's been a long time. I am totally excited about Hysterics, from Olympia, and Wild Flag, but I don't think I've been as excited about anything until this. I really like colorful outfits and feminist performance art and crazy feminist music. The fact that they are calling themselves feminists really made me excited. And that they are from a different country, and aren't afraid to talk about stuff that isn't normally considered under the rubric of feminism. Typically, people think if you're a feminist, all you talk about is women. But it's much larger than that; all things are connected. It seemed to me that they clearly that. I was excited about them inspiring other people to make music-- I was working on a new album and felt really inspired by it, too.
Pitchfork: What connections would you draw between riot grrrl in the 90s and what Pussy Riot have been doing?
KH: Well, speaking of the ski masks, I did an interview in '91 or '92 and was wearing a ski mask. It was my pathetic attempt at having riot grrrl be leaderless, because everyone was saying I was the leader. And I didn't want my looks to be focused on. There is definitely the commonality of having something that is not copy-written. Anybody can be Pussy Riot. We are all Pussy Riot.
What I am thinking about now is the phenomenon of it-- from the personal standpoint of being a woman in your 20s who is getting that kind of attention. What happens when, hopefully, they get out of jail very soon? How they will be received? And what kind of pressure are they going to be under? With Bikini Kill, we got that kind of attention and it was really complicated and confusing, but their thing is on such a higher level. I am interested to see if the support system sustains itself, for them as individuals and for the project.
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