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Kathleen Hanna on feminism, zines versus blogs, and 3D role models

February 17th, 2010 · 2 Comments

This is a truly enjoyable and nuanced interview on GRITtv with early Riot Grrrl upstarter, rock star, feminist, and Girldrive interviewee Kathleen Hanna (who, might I add, is wearing AMAZING glasses!).

Kathleen explains what she means by horizontal oppression (which she also discusses in Girldrive), ponders the different value in zines and blogs, rolls her eyes about the Hillary Clinton/Sarah Palin storyline, and gives some love to the ladies at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. She directs us to the new Bikini Kill archive blog–stop by if you have a Bikini Kill story. She also has a really refreshing take on being a role model for young women or young feminists–by saying she’s a “three-dimensional role model.” She wants us to learn from her mistakes rather than having to be this perfect person, in order to be productive in the future. Damn straight, girl.

AND, if that wasn’t awesome enough, she totally gives a shoutout to my mom, feminist writer Ellen Willis! Yay!

Check out the interview here:

Tags: Generations · Girls with Drive

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lachrista // Feb 17, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Omg. I love this. (And her glasses are super cool!)

  • 2 Maguire // Mar 4, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    This is an excellent interview! She is very real and has had some intense experiences during her life because of her music and activism. She is definitely someone to look up to and learn from.

    I would like to recommend an interview series of professional women in online journalism.
    http://www.ourblook.com/Table/Gender-Studies-and-Media/
    It was conducted by the University of Iowa Gender and Mass Media Class this past fall and offers some really unique perspectives and insight to the future of online journalism.

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