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Friday Night Mixtape: A Free Pussy Riot Primer

Friday Night Mixtape: A Free Pussy Riot Primer

I know that radical, feminist punk rock isn’t exactly everyone’s cup of musical tea, but in light of Pussy Riot’s sentencing to 2 years in prison for “hooliganism,” I consider it required listening.

Discovering Riot Grrrl and its musical predecessors way back in the 19-hundred-and-90s was a revelation. It felt like a giant, stompy-booted hug from the universe. I immediately picked up a guitar and started writing songs in my bedroom with one of my bffs. We started a band and pretty quickly after that a feminist collective type thing in our city and raised money for rape crisis centers and the YWCA.

This music/ movement helped me turn my feminist beliefs into feminist action.

I imagine that members of Pussy Riot felt much the same way.

So, dudes… don’t sit back and definitely don’t relax while listening to tonight’s mixtape.

Join Amnesty International in telling Russia to release Pussy Riot.

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Tracy (192 Posts)

Tracy lives in a tiny, blue house with her dude, her dogs and her cat. She is the bossypants of a web development and graphic design department, but in her spare time enjoys playing dress-up, eating clementines and covering anything she can with sparkles. She fears mutant hillbillies, Scientology and people who don't watch tv. Her floors definitely have a waxy, yellow buildup. You can find more of her writing at Lateshoes or follow her on Twitter @lateshoes.


3 Comments

  • Does it ever scare you how much we think alike?

    • Yes. And no. Our wondertwin powers are one of my favorite things.

  • […] for their beliefs is difficult, especially when they were protesting peacefully. On Friday, Tracy posted a riot grrrl music mix. I have been thinking a lot about the nature of free speech. With the recent chicken wars, the […]

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