On Monday, Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin) had a radio interview on “Q with Jian Ghomeshi,” where she spoke about the importance of public mistakes, the resurgence of the ‘90s, and why she is still pissed off twenty years later (“Does anybody remember that the Equal Rights Amendment never passed?”).
In the wake of the reissue of Bikini Kill’s entire catalog, Hanna speaks a lot about the band’s goals, such as encouraging girls to get out and make their own music. Punk is known for its raw and basic sound, and Hanna cites this as integral to Bikini Kill and its part in the riot grrrl movement. Hanna wanted the music to sound like something girls could make themselves. “We didn’t want it to sound like a pop record that was, you know, a hundred million miles away and you had to be a magic unicorn to make it,” she said.
Hanna also discusses the violence Bikini Kill faced: the band had chains thrown at them, beer spat in their faces, and more than a couple of obscenities chucked their way. However, according to Hanna, this violence simply revealed the undercurrent of sexism present in the punk scene and demanded its recognition.
The interview ends with a discussion of feminism today and what it means to embrace your mistakes. “You don’t have to decide who you are one day and be that same person the next," Hanna said. "That doesn’t make you a hypocrite. It makes you interesting.”
The full interview is fantastic, and you can check it out on the station’s website.
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