Riot grrrl (zine)
riot grrrl was first published on the 7th of October, 1991. It continued to be issued in the early 1990's in Washington D.C. and, later, Olympia, WA. The title came about when Molly combined Red Rover editor Jen Smith's suggestion for a zine called "Girl Riot", with Tobi Vail's expression "angry grrrl scene", which she used in her zine Jigsaw to describe this nascent movement.
For a time it was a weekly publication. The zine covered the events happening in the scene surrounding Bratmobile and the band Bikini Kill, whose members Kathleen Hanna and Tobi Vail also regularly contributed. riot grrrl also covered bands like Nation of Ulysses. Other contributors included Tabitha and Jen Smith. It also contained information about the early Riot Grrrl meetings that were first held in D.C., and about the ideas that these women were formulating that would soon result in a wide spread movement. Short pieces were featured; some were essays, some intensely personal, and others, manifestos, as well as feminist critiques of the punk scene and womens' place in society in general; this writing would come to represent the emerging Riot Grrrl movement. Many of the articles were printed anonymously and the zine was done in a cut and paste punk style. Each cover featured a comic character or photo of an iconic woman. The editors encouraged other girls to copy and recopy the zine and pass it along freely. Many zines subsequently used the title riot grrrl once the original zine editors had long since ceased publishing.
It is undoubtably this zine which popularized the term "Riot Grrrl" that came to be attached to the movement these women began.
Selections from riot grrrl are reprinted in the anthology The Riot Grrrl Collection, compiled by Lisa Darms from The Fales Library of NYU Riot Grrrl Archives, and published by The Feminist Press.
riot grrrl is included in the Sarah and Jen Wolfe Zine Collection at The University of Iowa.