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Muse| Music

A short histOry of feminism in music Jonny Chadwick explores the impact of feminist musicians

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ust as the wider social movement has evolved over the past three decades, feminism’s portrayal in music has transformed from protest songs firmly in the alternative domain, to the thematic core of some of the biggest pop releases of recent times. The increased visibility and acceptance of feminism in pop culture has brought with it greater inclusiveness, with BME women now the face of the movement in the music industry. Nonetheless, as with most issues that hit the mainstream, the feminist tag’s ubiquity has brought disagreements too, particularly as some question the motives behind previously apolitical musicians suddenly adopting pop culture’s newest fascination. Feminism as a cult movement within the music industry gained prominence in the 1990s in the form of Riot Grrrl: a loose grouping of highly-educated, angry, confident young women in bands (often formed at university), making scrappy lo-fi punk rock about domestic abuse, rape, and sexuality. Artists like Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, and Heavens to Betsy embodied the movement at that time. They were enthusiastic activists who were well versed in academic feminism and sick of the patriarchy. Photo credit: Reginald Pentinio

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Profile for Pi Media, UCLU

Pi Magazine, Issue 713 - Re:Generation  

Our third issue of 2015-16 explores our generation of millennial, and our collective identity. Why is our generation the way it is - what ex...

Pi Magazine, Issue 713 - Re:Generation  

Our third issue of 2015-16 explores our generation of millennial, and our collective identity. Why is our generation the way it is - what ex...

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