Happy Riot Grrrl Day! No, really! It is. For residents of Boston, MA anyway. The city’s mayor, Marty Walsh, has proclaimed today will be celebrated in honour of Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna, who is visiting the city today for a lecture.
She’ll be presented with the proclamation by her long-time friend, and the mayor’s chief of policy, Joyce Linehan.
“[Kathleen’s agent] called me to see if I would introduce Kathleen, probably based on the fact that Kathleen, back in the day, used to stay at my house when bands came through town,” Linehan told Boston magazine. “We knew each other from the indie rock world.”
A portion of the proclamation reads: “The riot grrrl philosophy has never felt more relevant, with misogyny still rampant in many cultural spaces,” and “Riot grrrls redefine the language used against them and continue to fight the newest incarnations of patriarchy. In doing so, they ironically confirm one ex-congressman’s accidental wisdom: ‘the female body has ways to try to shut that down.’ It sure does: women’s voices telling their stories can shut that down.”