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Sleater-Kinney = A+ in Women's Studies


Ahoy, best S-K community ever!

In true S-K fan fashion I leap at any opportunity to incorporate my love for Sleater-Kinney into other aspects of my life, so when my Women's Studies class assignment was to write a 1-page essay + oral presentation on a feminist leader/group I obviously chose Hole.

HA. K anyway, here is my lil write-up that earned me an A+:

  
       Born from the riot grrrl movement of the early 1990s, the band Sleater-Kinney was a feminist force to be reckoned with. The group came together in 1994 in Olympia, WA, the centre of riot grrrl, the name given to the queer and queer-friendly punk bands and third-wave feminist musicians, artists, and zine-sters that formed a "loose-knit, pro-chick political movement". (Curve Magazine, 2008) Sleater-Kinney's founding members were Corin Tucker, from the influential riot grrrl band Heavens to Betsy, and Carrie Brownstein, of the queercore band Excuse 17; drummer Janet Weiss joined in 1997.
          In true riot grrrl form, early Sleater-Kinney songs addressed radical feminist issues never before confronted in rock music. They screamed down the patriarchy with lyrics that dealt with rape, violence against women, reproductive rights, and female empowerment. In their first self-titled album, the song How to Play Dead offered a haunting and graphic response to sexual assault: "I won't suck your big ego/ And swallow all my pride/ And I'm spitting out your memory/ And stains you left inside of me". (Sleater-Kinney, 1995) The riot grrrl movement had ended by the time Sleater-Kinney's third album was released in 1997, but the band's success continued, and so did the feminist messages which were reaching an ever-increasing fan base. Feminism and left-wing politics were central themes, exemplified in the songs The Professional, about the male-dominated music industry, Was It A Lie? about the media's exploitation of violence suffered by women, and Combat Rock an anti-war and anti-Bush anthem. (Sleater-Kinney, 2000; 2002)
          As the first feminist all-female group to both challenge the misogynistic male-dominated rock industry and manage to capture the attention of the mainstream while winning over its critics, Sleater-Kinney were true feminist leaders and pioneers. Carrie Brownstein once explained that "Riot grrrl suddenly made feminism something I could embrace and utilize and be empowered by"; in turn Sleater-Kinney's music has done the same for listeners since the riot grrrl days, making feminism something to embrace and be empowered by. (Rolling Stone, 2003)
 

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