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What is Girl Power???? May 19, 2007

Posted by Melissa in Girl Power, Spice Girls.
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I recently read a blog in which Geri Halliwell, better known as “Ginger Spice,” said that girl power was coming back with a vengence…what she failed to mention was that “girlpower” (read: the Spice Girls) would only be coming back for the low low price of 5 million pounds! After reading the piece, I got to wondering what “girl power” really was. Is it some internal sense of control and actual power in being a female, or is it a commodity that is sold to the female public so as to distract women and girls from the harsh realities facing women by making them believe they can do anything simply by chanting “girl power.” This was just a question I had, what do you think?

Back-up Singer Blues? May 15, 2007

Posted by rachaelg in Destiny's Child, Dixie Chix, Dreamgirls, En Vogue, female relationships, Girl Power, Pussycat Dolls, Shut up and Sing, Spice Girls, the Supremes.

Though it’s peripheral to the main plot, one comment struck me while I was watching Shut Up and Sing.  They’re all in the recording studio and Martie brings up the common phenomenon of a band-mate’s envy of the lead singer.  She talks about how bandmembers will feel unappreciated and angry, but how the lead singer can threaten to go solo.  After a while, Natalie (the Dixie Chicks’ lead singer) jumps in (more…)

Cheetah Girls- the new spice girls? May 4, 2007

Posted by Melissa in bodies, Cheetah Girls, Female Power, female relationships, feminism, gender, general considerations, Girl Power, marketing gender, Pussycat Dolls, Spice Girls, tween market.

During a recent conversation with my little sister, she mentioned that her favorite music group at the moment was the Cheetah Girls. Intrigued, I looked them up online to discover that they were a disney creation, and hugely popular in the tween market. The group advocates sisterhood and girl power, much like the Spice Girls. What is noticeably different about this group however, is that this is the only group that advocates girl power being marketed toward the tween market that is age appropriate. (more…)

Riot Grrrl February 28, 2007

Posted by Rob Anne in Bikini Kill, Fat Feminism, Girl Power, Indie, Kathleen Hanna, Lillith Faire, Perez Hilton, Queercore, Rebel Girl, Riot Grrrl, Spice Girls, The Gossip, Third-Wave Feminism.
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Lately I’ve been doing a lot of Wikipediaing (yes, I made up that verb) about girl power/Third-Wave feminism related stuff and there is a FASCINATING world out there that I never imagined existed.

It also started like this: I have recently become obsessed with the bitchiest celebrity gossip blogger on the net, Perez Hilton and he has lately been promoting this band called The Gossip. I became intrigued with this punk/blues/experimental group who sound like a mix of The Killers to Le Tigre. The leas singer of this band, I Wikipedaed them after listen to a worthy sample of songs and stumbled on this underground world of feminist sub-genres that I didn’t know existed – Queercore, Buffy Studies, and the Fat Feminist movement. However, Riot Grrl, which I had heard of but didn’t know much about, struck me the hardest.

Taken explicitly from Wikipedia:

Riot Grrrl – “An indie-punk feminist movement that reached its height in the 1990s but continues to exert significant influence over alternative culture. Starting first as a reaction, personal and political, against the inarguably male-dominated music scenes of Northwestern American cities (more…)