Neal, Kara, Marisa, and Ada in our matching Miley Cyrus plaid.
Ada, last night I got a google alert alerting me to this awesome flickr photo set from EMP, including this picture of our panel, “In the Girls Room.” I posted it on my tumblr and it was reblogged by someone who had seen us speak. He added, “I went to this. Afterwards, Theon and I agreed that it was good. ‘But,’ Theon said, ‘They were all cool girls.’ What were the ’90s like for girls who weren’t cool enough to be listening to riot grrrl, he wanted to know.”
I kind of love this, because it made me think about just what it meant to be a cool girl in the 90s. As I mentioned on the panel, and in the spirit of 90swoman self-exposure will happily mention again: in the 90s, I totally did not listen to riot grrrl. I did, however, once brag that I “knew about Sarah McLachlan before anyone else.” So, you know, cool? (But whatever! Love you, Sarah! Can’t wait for Lilith Fair!) My 90s music vibe was about Tori Amos, Liz Phair, 10,000 Maniacs, Ani DiFranco, the Indigo Girls, Hole. I have already outed myself on this blog as secretly liking Alanis Morissette. (Though, after the eye roll I got as a response to the Sarah McLachlan incident, I knew better than to say so.)
Hmmm, Kara, your write-up of the Hole show is great and she looks really terrific in the Letterman clip and I loved “Miss World” when I was a teenager.
I’ve always been kind of freaked out by Courtney Love and even though she’s totally iconic and everything, I feel like it’s hard to talk about her without acknowledging that she’s mentally ill and has a dark history of physically assaulting ladies, especially fellow lead singers.
sarah gilbert and drew barrymore at their 90s-est. i found this on fuck yeah femmes. they found it on fuck yeah swagger.
Ada, I totally want to take on the 90s, feminism, and race, but I must have partied too much over spring break? (Uh-huh. I totally just had spring break.) Was it those vodka tonics I drank at your (very, very fun) book party? (BUY THE BOOK, EVERYONE.) Anyway, I have a slight cold, so I am taking this opportunity for a 90s palette cleanser. This time, it is awesome 90s tumblrs.
Marisa and Doree were recently trying to convince me that we should move 90swoman to tumblr, so that we could participate in the 90s love fest going on there. I don’t know what I think of that. (Do you? Do readers?) Either way, I totally love tumblr. Especially the 90s stuff. So here are a few of my favorites.
Just Say Jolie
A new 90s song posted every morning! Including the song “Every Morning” by Sugar Ray!
Fuck Yeah Hole
Courtney’s awesomely not-flat stomach. Melissa Auf der Mar in see-through tops with black bras.
The 90s-est Photo Ever.
The first time I came in contact with the word “feminazi” was in 1994, in the computer lab at college. On the desk, to the right of the computer I was using to write my essay on some obscure 18th century novelist, someone had scrawled, “FEMINAZI.”
I stared at it for a few minutes. The word was so violent, I almost expected it to jump off the page and poke me in the face. Happily ensconced at an East Coast liberal arts college, I rarely felt the reach of sexism. But that day it was there. Right in my face.
The term “feminazi” was popularized by Rush Limbaugh (surprise!) to describe feminists. It’s even in the dictionary, and, get this, in Merriam-Webster’s online edition the definition reads, “usually disparaging: an extreme or militant feminist.” I can’t think of an instance when the word would be complimentary, but I understand that Merriam-Webster can’t take sides. Continue reading
These two images were easy to find and send to 90s woman.com. You wanna know why? Because I titled them, long ago, ‘TheNineties.jpg’ and ‘theMidNineties.jpg’
90s Feminism pretty much changed my life. It was the first vital terrifying wondrous thing I had full access to. When I found that Bikini Kill record with the snapshots of their stage banner which read in huge letters ABORTION ON DEMAND AND WITHOUT APOLOGY I thought I was gonna pass out with the thrill. Continue reading