Too many people got complacent after the liberals won power in the early 90s. But not Kat Stratford, the heroine of Hollywood’s most feminist rom-com probably ever. Kat sought to eliminate even the most casual misogyny in her daily life. Constant vigilance. If women everywhere were more like Kat, we might not be in the position that we’re in now. Our course of action now is clear: double down on our angry feminist personas.
I always identified very strongly with Kat because I, too, spent my formative years listening reading The Bell Jar and making boys cry. I grew up listening to the kind of punk rock music that underground London, Seattle, and DC bands made in response to our last global swing to the right in the 1980s. Merkel, Trump, and May are building a political climate ripe for a new wave of angry feminist music in the west. And now that I’m not a nine-year-old living in majority white Ohio, I’m woke, and I have my own stable internet connection, I can listen to artists from around the world express their displeasure with the fascists in power.
Get ready for the next four years of austerity and xenophobia with this angry mix of classic reactionary feminist punk and new bad grrrls.
Starts off slow, like back in October when we all thought Tr*mp would be handily defeated, and gets steadily angrier until we’re marching on Washington.
MIA is everything the new administration is scared of: angry, femme, and brown. And this song is a JAM. Shout out to all the angry brown femmes who are going to f*ck sh*t up this weekend.
Poly Styrene was the most powerful WOC on the punk scene in the 1970s. Here she sings about the exploitation that we’re all going to have to fight off under the Tr*mp administration.
Too many great riot grrrl bands are known only by their male associates. Fuck Nirvana. (I actually really like Nirvana but they’re not relevant today. Well, not on this site and not on this playlist.
Just another angry rant against privileged men: “the only thing you know is your rich, white world.
My brother introduced me to a lot of the music I now listen to, but I found the Slits after my feminist awakening in college. And then he got mad that I hadn’t told him about them. Typical boy.
Listening to this song after ten years made me realize how blessed we are to be able to block text messages instead of having to pick up a phone, tell a man you don’t want to see him, and open yourself up to his entitlement and vitriol. Autonomy was fun while it lasted, right
No, really: get off the internet and meet me in the street to destroy the right wing.
Peaches fucking hates your gender roles and will dismantle them whenever they can. This song is also recognizable now as the intro song to Samantha Bee’s web videos.
Because we love you, we compiled all your new favorite songs in one playlist. Enjoy!
- Sleater-Kinney Modern Girl 3:14
- M.I.A. - Bad Girls 4:11
- X-Ray Spex - I Live Off You 2:12
- Bikini Kill - Feels Blind 3:20
- Bratmobile - Do You Like Me Like That 2:38
- The Slits - Typical Girls 3:46
- No Doubt - Spiderwebs 4:04
- Peaches - Boys Wanna Be Her 3:54
- Le Tigre - Get Off the Internet 3:33
- Grimes - Kill V. Maim 4:37