Date of Submission
Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2022 Vida C Hasson
This thesis examines the lyrics of the three founding Riot Grrrl bands: Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, and Heavens to Betsy. I explore how Riot Grrrl bands politicize girlhood to undermine patriarchal authority and empower girls to redefine feminism for themselves. I provide the historical context for Riot Grrrl as a political movement and its cultural impact in the 1990s. In my analysis I connect the lyrics to feminist discourse to demonstrate how Riot Grrrl provided women and girls a platform to discuss feminism and patriarchal oppression. Music has the power to send messages to the masses and Riot Grrrl's legacy proves that women's voices belong in punk music.
Hasson, Vida, "Performing Grrrlhood: A Lyrical Analysis of Riot Grrrl Music" (2023). CMC Senior Theses. 3172.