A diverse group of riot grrrls, femocrats, musicians, writers, artists and comedians interpret feminism broadly and confidently, with direct reference to their own experiences.
Winner, Young Designers Award, Australian Publishers Association Design Awards (Jenny Grigg) 1996
'The myriad variations on feminist belief all revolve around equality of oportunity and freedom of choice: choice to be a full-time parent, a rocket scientist, a labourer or a florist, and the freedom to be respected for any of those choices.' Kaz Cooke
'Do your bit. Do your lot. Do your block.' Bilyana Vujcich
'I made my own way: by making jokes and smashing anything 'uncomfortable' that was lobbed at me straight back down the line.' Lisbeth Gore
'I can be whatever I want to be - female, male, dog, cat, slave, killer ot a bit of chocolate.' Adalita Srsen
'I was so determined not to be the good feminist child my mother wanted' Rebecca Cox
'I belong to a generation which needs to adapt feminism to the nineties but I have also seen a world without feminism and have no desire to return to it.' Fotini Epanomitis
For twenty-something women, feminism offers an outlook that is part of an overall do-it-yourself approach. Recently characterised in the media by an older generation of feminists as an often puritanical, narrow-minded generation, this collection shows that young women are in fact street-smart, engaged and in-yer-face. Here a diverse group of riot grrrls, femocrats, musicians, writers, artists and comedians interpret feminism broadly and confidently, with direct reference to their own experiences. Taking feminist social and political views in their stride, these nineties survival strategies use everything from a wicked sense of humour to a detailed knowledge of the legal system.
Kathy Bail is a Sydeny based journalist and has worked as deputy editor of Cinema Papers and as a senior writer at The Independent. She is now the editor of Rolling Stone magazine.
Winner APA Design Awards, Reader's Digest Young Desigers Award 1996 AU
Table Of Contents:
Kathy Bail: DIY Feminism
CHAPTER ONE: BODY IMAGE BUILDERS
Lisbeth Gorr: The Rise and Rise of Elle McFeast
Sheryn George: The WARP Manifesto: Women are real people
Belinda Holland: Supermodel Blues (lyrics)
CHAPTER TWO: GRRRLS, GUITARS AND ZINES
Julie Bennett: Revolution Nrrrd: The Jellybean Ranch, Checkout Chick, etc
Adalita Srsen: Shock Tactics: Becoming a goddess and a freak
Rosie Cross: Geekgirl: Why girls need modems
Hecate: By Myself (lyrics)
Janet English: T-Grrrl: Get the message?
Sam Difference and Skye Lanser: Grot Grrrl: The art of in-yer-face feminism
VNS Matrix: Game Girls: The war against Big Daddy Mainframe
CHAPTER THREE: WORKING THE SYSTEM
Meredith Osborne: Rights and Opportunities: What a girl can demand
Ashley Hay: Rape Crises Centres: From collectives to bureaucracy
Elizabeth Henderson and Alexis Roitman: Corporate Warriors: the ne
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