Riot Grrrls in the Cyber Age: How the Riot Grrrl Movement Has Transitioned From the Streets to the Internet

Riot Grrls gave support against sex trade within feminism.  Leading band: Bikini Kill.

Why did it fizzle?

How and when did it come back?

Countless pages about Riot Grrrl. More chapters than ever.

Fundamental difference

  • Inclusivity vrs. the 1990’s white, straight.  Now a range of identity.
  • Privacy of internet.  Small to medium size groups.  example: Dream warriors and subset group called Nightmare warriors.  About 60 people.

“Cyberfeminism, the Internet, and Consciousness Raising in the Third (Fourth?) Wave”

New York radical women in 1968 protested the 1968 Miss America Pageant. This spawned several groups.

Political action vrs. individual change (two sides to feminism)

  • 3rd wave of feminism from book by Rebecca Walker
  • The internet allows for people to find it without actually knowing they are looking for it. Stumbling across it.
  • Cyberfeminism.  Range of theories, debates, and ideas using cyberspace to connect.

Twitter: Susan G Komen Vrs. Planned Parenthood

This is compared to the 1968 protest of Miss america

4th Wave definition:  This movement follows the first 3 movements and is newly defined by the use of technology to support it.  Jenn Brandt mentions successful campaigns but is concerned by limitations by those without the internet.  Commercial systems are not for nuance but short bursts of impact.