Post Road Magazine #1

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“I said I’m not yr oilwell”: Consumption, Feminisms, and Radical Community in Bikini Kill And “Riot Girl”, by Hillary Chute

The revolution will be incited through my voice, my words, not the words of the universe of male intellect that already exists,” insists 20-year-old self-described “fatkikecripplecuntqueer” Nomy Lamm in a piece called “It’s a Big Fat Revolution,” from 1995’s Listen Up: Voices From the Next Feminist Generation. “And I know a lot of what I say is totally contradictory. I wanna explain what I mean when I say ‘the revolution,’ but I’m not sure I’ll be able to. Cuz at the same time that I’m being totally serious, I also see my use of that term as a mockery of itself” (85). Lamm clarifies: “Part of the reason for this is that I’m fully aware that I still fit into dominant culture in many ways. The revolution could very well be enacted against me, instead of for me” (86). Lamm’s provocative essay, which later asserts, “I really do think that the revolution has begun,” and ends with a battle-call, “Fuckin’ yeah!” well represents theoretical avenues common to on-the-margins and/or “punk rock” feminist thinkers, in a particular cultural location born out of the early nineties which for all intensive purposes can be called “Riot Girl.” These include the politics of contradiction and indeterminacy, complicitous critique, and an authentic demand for ideological, everyday revolution.


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