Stephanie Phillips is a London-based freelance journalist and content writer, specialising in music, race and feminism.
Originally published at The Girls Are
Skinny Girl Diet/Ethical Debating Society, Split 7″ EP, HHBTM Records
When exactly did riot grrrl die again? Someone said it was in 1994, when it got too big and disillusioned. Some say it was when Bikini Kill broke up. Some say it was as soon as it began; a star too bright it obviously had to fade away. Why do things have to die? Can’t they rise and fall, hibernate for a few years and then re-emerge in a new form ready to fit into the time, culture and political landscape they find themselves in. In an age where Pussy Riot proudly declare themselves riot grrrls and the 90′s – and everything that came along with it including terrible comedy rap songs – is cool again, it is safe to say that riot grrrl is alive, fierce and focused on the road ahead.