A great moment in ’90s womanhood. Via TeenageFilm.com.
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Have you heard about this crazy latter-day internet battle raging about a fax about Bikini Kill? Here’s the quick summary:
Seventeen years ago, Nils Berman, then of Sub Pop, sent a fax to some music journalists essentially discouraging them from covering Bikini Kill’s UK tour. Slim Moon recently posted about this on Bikini Kill’s new archive blog.
Music critic Everett True posted about the BK blog post on his blog, and then posted an email from Nils, who then participated in the long comments thread about women calling men rapists at BK shows, being marginalized as a gay man, and talent vs. community. Continue reading
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8IwrpqTfEYAda, after reading Lisa’s chicklit article, and spending a little time laughing meanly to myself about the genre being “about and for today’s lukewarmest girls,” I felt compelled to do two things:
- Listen to Fiona Apple sing “Mistake” on repeat. (Lines include “I’m gonna make a mistake/I’m gonna do it on purpose” and “I’m gonna fuck it up again.”)
- Re-read Deborah Solomon’s interview with Cyndi Lauper from a few years ago. In it, Solomon says, “I think of ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ as the first feminist-backlash song. It came out in the 80’s and goes against the preachy and high-minded tone of 70’s feminism.” Cyndi replies, “That’s not true! It’s totally feminist. It’s a song about entitlement. Why can’t women have fun?”
I was eight when that song came out, and I totally agree. Though the point I want to make here is that the song is actually about girls—a big focus of 90s feminism, from riot grrrl and Sassy to Carol Gilligan and the novel Girl. (An issue we might want to come back to in February when Marisa’s book on 90s music and girl power comes out.)
Kara, I just read Lisa Carver’s chick-lit article, which I hadn’t read since editing it five years ago. God, it is so amazing, and it provides jumping-off points for a million different 90s woman conversations.
You asked me why I thought Lisa encourages healthy recklessness. Rollerderby prioritized enthusiasm over pretty much everything else. When you live your life with that as your priority your life gets super interesting super fast. Continue reading
remember when thongs first became popular and everyone thought it was the end of civilization? except for the teenagers who were wearing them or hoping that their hook up was? i bet college students all over the u.s. are buying this american apparel update. (and though i have been going through a style regression since going back to school, i can assure you i wont be.)–kara
OMG, I can’t believe you are going to write about those dresses without showing them! Upload photos, please. In the early 90s, I mostly wore ripped jeans and cardigans. Also, sometimes, overalls with pigtails. Why did we dress like farmers, Kara? Was it a rebellion against the uptight academicism we were embracing simultaneously?
Later, we strategically ripped the necks out of our shirts as if we were being chafed by the tag and got carried away — also, I think, so the shirt would fall off our shoulders a little. We wore Revlon Blackberry lipstick but not a lot of other make-up. We dyed our hair a lot. But generally I feel like the uniform was fairly unisex, with the flannel shirts and all the shoulder-length hair. And wasn’t that so nice in a way? That men and women were able to turn each other on by dressing more or less the same, and so comfortably?
Of course, after all that frumpiness, I think it makes sense why as the nineties were ending all I wanted to wear were short skirts and high heels.
P.S. Here’s one of the other “sexy flannel” pictures I found while looking last night for a blog header. I do hope flannel makes a comeback.