"It takes a tremendous amount of fortitude to live in this world as a woman, let alone a woman who wants things to change."
— Kathleen Hanna
"I know when I first started, I said things like, “It’s really great to be beautiful and powerful and sexy,” and I take a little bit of that back now. What I was saying was that you don’t have look a certain way or have a certain hairstyle to be a feminist; that just because a girl wears lipstick that doesn’t mean she’s not a feminist. But now I realize that I wasn’t really challenging the standard of beauty. A friend said to me, “Why is it so subversive to be beautiful in the traditional sense? I think it’s much more subversive to create your own form of beauty and to set your own standards.” She’s right."
— Kathleen Hanna
"Just cuz my world sweet sister
Is so fucking goddamn full of rape
Does that mean my body must always be a source of pain?
No. No. No."
— Bikini Kill, from the track “I Like Fucking”, off the album The Singles (1998)
"So many women have experienced horrific forms of male violence throughout their lives, and why isn’t there a song about how you get depressed because of it? And you don’t know what to do, and you don’t know how to talk to your friends and how weird it is to be a feminist in that situation, where there’s sort of the expectation that you’re super-strong superwoman but you’re just, like, eating pizza in your house avoiding talking about it."
— Kathleen Hanna (via alienshexv)
"Some people protest carrying signs. Some people protest by making activist radical music. Sometimes people try to just make it through a day and not kill themselves, and that’s their activism for right then, because that’s all they have."
— Kathleen Hanna (via thegits)
(Source: riseagainstyourfate, via fuckyeahfeminists)
"Being told you are a worthless piece of shit and not believing it is a form of resistance."
— Kathleen Hanna (via thatswhatshesaidquotes)