"I’d like to raise both of my middle fingers to him and anyone who thinks profanity is somehow more harmful to our children than images of violence and misogyny."

— M.I.A. (via janejacqueline)

(Source: wolfandbutler, via becauseiamawoman)

"Rap music is so diverse in its themes, its style, its content but when it becomes a vehicle to be talked about in mainstream news, the rap that gets in national news is always the rap music that perpetuates misogyny that is most obscene in its lyrics and then this comes to stand for what rap is. Really its for me the perfect paradigm of colonialism, that is to say, we think of rap music as a little third-world country, that young white consumers are able to go to and take out of it whatever they want. We would have to acknowledge that what young white consumers, primarily male, oftentimes suburban, most got energized by in rap music was misogyny, obscenity, pugilistic eroticism and therefore that form of rap began to make the largest sums of money."

bell hooks

I blogged about this phenomenon earlier.

(via digital-femme)

(Source: ellesugars, via becauseiamawoman)

"Like, how can I be respectable and throw some guy against a wall and lick him from head to toe? I think it’s totally respectable. It’s where you’re coming from. What? That means you’re not an intelligent woman? That means you can’t, you know, read? Get over! … I would get really angry at this division because I think it makes us weak."

— Tori Amos 

"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 

(Source: twitter.com)

"OK! OK! Hold it!
I just want to say something.
You know, for every dollar a man makes
a woman makes 63 cents.
Now, fifty years ago that was 62 cents.
So, with that kind of luck, it’ll be the year
before we make a buck. But hey, girls?"

Laurie Anderson, “Beautiful Red Dress”

i don’t really like the song, but this quote is so great.

(via cantwaittosee)

(via smalltowngrrrls)


“It’s funny how something so normal and mundane that you see every day—your body—can be controversial. The shock value is intense. It’s like carrying an art piece around with you all the time.”
 - Beth Ditto


“It’s funny how something so normal and mundane that you see every day—your body—can be controversial. The shock value is intense. It’s like carrying an art piece around with you all the time.”

 - Beth Ditto

(via glitterfarm)

"You almost have to step outside yourself and look at you as if you were someone else you really care about and really want to protect. Would you let someone take advantage of that person? Would you let someone use that person you really care about? Or would you speak up for them? If it was someone else you care about, you’d say something. I know you would. Okay, now put yourself back in that body. That person is you. Stand up and tell ‘em, “Enough!"

— Queen Latifah (via hopeinmotion)

(via lipsredasroses)

"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


I kept my life relatively simple, even after huge successes, but it became increasingly obvious that certain indulgences and privileges were expected to come at the expense of my free soul, free mind, and therefore my health and integrity. So I left a more mainstream and public life, in order to wean both myself, and my family, away from a lifestyle that required distortion and compromise as a means for maintaining it.  During this critical healing time, there were very few people accessible to me who had not already been seduced or affected by this machine, and therefore who could be trusted to not try and influence or coerce me back into a dynamic of compromise. Individual growth was expected to take place unnaturally, or stagnated outright, subject to marketing and politics.  Addressing critical issues like pop culture cannibalism or its manipulation of the young at the expense of everything, was frowned upon and discouraged by limiting funding, or denying it outright.

(Source: mslaurynhill, via nellalou-deactivated20140701)

"When I first heard the song, the scariest thing to me was the realization that people are getting into the music and grooving along to a song about a man who is butchering his wife. So half the world is dancing to this, oblivious, with blood on their sneakers. But when you talk about killing your wife, you don’t get to control whom she becomes friends with after she’s dead. She had to have a voice."

— Tori Amos, about her cover of Eminem’s “'97 Bonnie and Clyde”, from her album Strange Little Girls (2001)

"Stop thief, you can’t steal the way I fuckin felt when I got up today.
Well I guess you’re the judge.
I guess you’re the king of the forever beauty pagent I’m always in.
My heart beats blue, beats red, beats mad.
Is this the only power that you really wanna have?
Count from one to nine, how high do I rate?
I guess feeling good was my first mistake"

Le Tigre, from the track “On Guard”, off the album Feminist Sweepstakes (2002)

Hot topic is the way that we rhyme 
Hot topic is the way that we rhyme 
One step behind the drum style 
One step behind the drum style 
Carol Rama and Elanor Antin 
Yoko Ono and Carolee Schneeman 
You’re getting old, that’s what they’ll say, but 
Don’t give a damn I’m listening anyway 
Stop, don’t you stop 
I can’t live if you stop 
Don’t you stop 
Gretchen Phillips and Cibo Matto 
Leslie Feinburg and Faith Ringgold 
Mr. Lady, Laura Cottingham 
Mab Segrest and The Butchies, man 
Don’t stop 
Don’t you stop 
We won’t stop 
Don’t you stop 
So many roads and so much opinion 
So much shit to give in, give in to 
So many rules and so much opinion 
So much bullshit but we won’t give in 
Stop, we won’t stop 
Don’t you stop 
I can’t live if you stop 
Tammy Rae Carland and Sleater-Kinney 
Vivienne Dick and Lorraine O’Grady 
Gayatri Spivak and Angela Davis 
Laurie Weeks and Dorothy Allison 
Stop, don’t you stop 
Please don’t stop 
We won’t stop 
Gertrude Stein, Marlon Riggs, Billie Jean King, Ut, DJ Cuttin Candy,
David Wojnarowicz, Melissa York, Nina Simone, Ann Peebles, Tammy Hart,
The Slits, Hanin Elias, Hazel Dickens, Cathy Sissler, Shirley Muldowney,
Urvashi vaid, Valie Export, Cathy Opie, James Baldwin,
Diane Dimassa, Aretha Franklin, Joan Jett, Mia X, Krystal Wakem,
Kara Walker, Justin Bond, Bridget Irish, Juliana Lueking,
Cecelia Dougherty, Ariel Skrag, The Need, Vaginal Creme Davis,
Alice Gerard, Billy Tipton, Julie Doucet, Yayoi Kusama, Eileen Myles 
Oh no no no don’t stop stop…………

From the album Le Tigre (1999)

"and god help you if you are an ugly girl
course too pretty is also your doom
cause everyone harbors a secret hatred
for the prettiest girl in the room
and god help you if you are a phoenix
and you dare to rise up from the ash
a thousand eyes will smolder with jealousy
while you are just flying past"

Ani Difranco, from the song “32 Flavors”, off the album Not a Pretty Girl (1995)


There was a garden
in the beginning
Before the fall
Before Genesis

There was a tree there
A tree of knowledge
Sophia would insist
You must eat of this


— Tori Amos, from the song “Original Sinsuality”, off the album The Beekeeper.

"There is a sound
they don’t want you to own
arrest every word
that escapes from your throat
They hand you the world’s smallest microphone
It’s still too loud and you’re asked to go home"

Sleater-Kinney, from the song “The Professional”, off the album All Hands on the Bad One (2000)