The Cordelia Factor in Third Wave Feminist Punk Rock

by Wanda Waterman

The Voice Magazine, Volume 22 Issue 22 2014-05-30

Film: [L]The Punk Singer, a Film About Kathleen Hanna|

Director: Sini Anderson

“BECAUSE we are angry at a society that tells us Girl = Dumb, Girl = Bad, Girl = Weak.
“BECAUSE we are unwilling to let our real and valid anger be diffused and/or turned against us via the internalization of sexism as witnessed in girl/girl jealousism and self defeating girltype behaviors.
“BECAUSE I believe with my wholeheartmindbody that girls constitute a revolutionary soul force that can, and will change the world for real.”
-Kathleen Hanna in “The Riot Grrrl Manifesto”

Kathleen Hanna, veteran of third wave feminist punk rock and founding member of Riot Grrrls, has been asked to speak at a pro-choice rally. We see her mount the stage stiffly and hesitantly. We watch as she grimaces in pain and tries to get the words out. We have no idea what’s wrong. And neither does she. (Read the rest here.)


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