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Dirty Words: A Dictionary For Feminist Lingo

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Feminism is a word made up of many layers, like the zines made during the Riot Grrrl movement that began in the early 90s were comprised of several elements that were written, drawn out, cut, pasted, and copied. The term is typically associated with being "dirty," "annoying," or "radical," and many people are hesitant to refer to themselves as a feminists or admit that they align with the movement at all.

These small, independent, and cheaply-made publications were used to spread awareness about several issues that were touched on by the Riot Grrrl female punk bands of the time, including rape, domestic abuse, sexuality, racism, patriarchy, and female empowerment. The zines were the perfect intersection of art and politics, as was the whole underground feminist hardcore punk movement. Riot Grrrl was fueled by activists, poets, artists, musicians, and other individuals that ultimately created a highly artistic and intensely political movement for equality among genders.

Dirty Words is an ode to the Riot Grrrl movement and the zines that were created during this time. If you don’t know diddly-squat about feminist lingo, Dirty Words is a visual lesson for you.

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