An important tenet of Third Wave feminism, which was arguably ignited by Bikini Kill, other Riot Grrrl bands, and the accompanying Riot Grrrl feminist movement, is that there is no one Truth, no objective position from which one can claim authentic academic pursuit, or "authentic" anything for that matter. Does the academy also not take post-modern thought (another important tenet of Third Wave feminism) seriously?
The DIY, Riot Grrrl, and zine movements were a revolution for feminism and activism, and mobilized at least part of the punk scene in to politics. Many young people became educated about contemporary feminist theory through these movements, which also promoted learning about prior activist and feminist movements in history. What's ridiculous about that?
I applaud the NYU Library for taking feminist movement and theory seriously, and am thrilled to see such a crucial part of my history, and countless others, illuminated by critical thought and inquiry. Not because we need the academy to validate who are...but because it's an historical moment in time worth knowing about.
The political and intellectual movements of women, girls, queers, trannies and other often marginalized people are worthwhile. That's ostensibly what we're arguing about, right?
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