According to the attached article from Flavorwire.com, Boston mayor Marty Walsh has announced that today is Riot Grrrl Day. For those of you lucky enough to live in Boston, Kathleen Hanna’s band The Julie Ruin will be playing tonight at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre. (If you go to the show, please send me a pic or two!) I cannot contain my absolute delight that it is Riot Grrrl Day in Boston today! I will be putting on some Sleater-Kinney, read old zines and recall my years as a riot grrrl! (Three friends and I even started a band called Booby Trap. Sadly, none of us, except our drummer, knew or learned how to play instruments. I think I’ll use the name for my next blog!)
On a serious note, I will consider this an official holiday until the day women get paid as much as their male counterparts, when it’s not a 1 in 5 or 1 in 7 (depending on where you get your statistics) chance that you will be raped if you are a woman in college, or simply a woman anywhere, that men who abuse or rape women are found, prosecuted and put to death, instead of given the putrid excuse of “boys will be boys” or at best being given short prison sentences while getting a college education.
When rape and abuse of women is something no one ever tolerates, and our entire society gets pissed off enough about their daughters, mothers and sisters becoming victims who are blamed for being attacked (if they even report the attack at all, which is far too rare, and based on the very real fact that nothing will be done to the rapist even if a woman reports them), when misogyny dies a slow and painful death, I’ll consider Riot Grrrrl Day no longer necessary. Until then we should act as though every day is Riot Grrrl Day.
I’m off to buy a “Kill Your Local Rapist” from the Etsy store link in this article. (Buy yours here too: https://www.etsy.com/listing/228852232/kill-your-local-rapist-1-inch-pinback?ref=sr_gallery_30&ga_search_query=bikini+kill+patch&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&source=aw&utm_source=affiliate_window&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=us_location_buyer&utm_content=85386) I would have settled for the man who raped me being arrested and imprisoned. Considering the police refused to even take my report of rape, I don’t think the killing rapists button is too extreme.