August 8, 2010
Kathleen Hanna, one of the original voices of riot grrrl and third wave feminism, reflects on what a new generation of feminist leadership needs to grow and sustain itself, in this recent GritTV clip:
I want more interesting leaders. I think the thing that um is really hard for feminist women who are also interested in challenging like all kinds of oppression is that we’re freaked out about leadership, and so there’s not more interesting leaders, and a lot of times we kill off our own leaders. I mean not because I think because we’re women but because we’re in a culture that you know we create products and then we destroy those products, the same way that we lift people up and it’s like the kill your idol syndrome, and then we’re like, “They’re not good enough, and this is wrong,” and we get all picky about everything and I just, I don’t know, I just wish there was more feminist leaders to choose from and more variety.
Where’s that line between pushing back on authority — even feminist authorities — and supporting each other by challenging each other?
(via Feminist Mom in Montreal)
Written by: Melissa Gira Grant