And then I said:
"Why
Do
I
Cry
Every
Time
That
I
Cum?"
Star Bellied Boy by Bikini Kill

In Cinderella’s Big Score: Women of the Punk and Indie Underground Maria Raha writes that this line:

…spoke directly to sexual and physical abusers, liberating the victims' words from the pages of journals and ‘zines. These turbulent lyrics stung with the pain of survival and physical oppression"
(Cinderella’s Big Score, P. 207)

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Silence inside of me silence inside Resist Psychic Death by Bikini Kill

The perils of silence are well explored in feminist and queer theory

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Your world, not mine
Your world, not ours
Your world, not mine
Your world not ours
Resist Psychic Death by Bikini Kill

This alienation and resistance to dominant culture was a core theme of much riot grrrl writing and Bikini Kill’s lyrics

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I'm so sorry if I'm alienating some of you
Your whole fucking culture alienates me
White Boy by Bikini Kill

Google this line to see how much resonance it still has for so many listeners today. A quick, concise response to some of the less-compelling criticisms of Bikini Kill and Riott Grrrl, specifically that they were exclusionary towards men and otherwise off-putting in their anger and critiques of systematic oppression and dominant culture

(Source: http://feu-follet.tumblr.com)

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There's more than two ways of thinking
There's more than one way of knowing
There's more than two ways of being
There's more than one way of going somewhere
Resist Psychic Death by Bikini Kill

This idea was echoed in the band’s song Jigsaw Youth, as well as Hanna’s essay with the same name which originally appeared in Vail’s Jigsaw fanzine and was reprinted in the liner notes to The CD Version of the First Two Records

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These are my ruby red lips
The better to suck you dry
Li'l Red by Bikini Kill

In Emily White’s 1992 article Revolution Girl Style Now she writes of this line:

In the same way Nikki McClure envisioned a pearl necklace, with each bead a time bomb, So Hanna sees the conventional charms of femininity as potential weapons"

image by Stella Marrs

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I will resist with every inch and every breath
I will resist this psychic death
I will resist with every inch and every breath
I will resist this psychic death
Resist Psychic Death by Bikini Kill

The repetition of the title and other phrases is for practical reasons. Hanna explains:

On our first record, a lot of the songs are boring to me now, because I repeat the same line over and over. The reason I did this was: we played with shitty P.A. systems and I didn’t think anybody could hear me (literally), so I passed out lyric sheets at every show and I’d repeat the same phrase until people “got” it—I’d repeat “Resist psychic death!” over and over. Now I don’t feel the need to repeat words over and over because people are actually buying our records. And originally I didn’t think we’d ever be recorded—at that point, all our material was written for live performance"

(Angry Women in Rock Volume One, P. 93)

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We've got to show them we're worse than queer Suck My Left One by Bikini Kill

This line was borrowed for a couple other projects:

-Writer, academic, and long-time zinester Mimi Nguyen used to have an excellent website called “Worse Than Queer”.

-Filmmaker Lucy Thane made a documentary about Riot Grrrl and Queercore called “She’s Real(Worse Than Queer)”. The first part of the title is taken from the Kicking Giant song

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Daddy comes into her room at night
He's got more than talking on his mind
My sister pulls the covers down
She reaches over, flicks on the light
She says to him
Suck My Left One by Bikini Kill

Kathleen Hanna had written another song about incest, Daddy’s Li'l Girl from the band’s Revolution Girl Style Now Cassette. Based on its lyrics, a Washington Post article about Riot Grrrl claimed that Hanna was an incest survivor who had been abused by her father, contributing greatly to the antagonism between the band and mainstream media. In Angry Women in Rock Volume One, Hanna says:

I never said that; I never even talked to that reporter. And the Washington Post is a big newspaper; I have relatives who live in Washington, D.C., and I had to deal with feeling that I wasn’t sure if I could ever talk to them again. They don’t know that I didn’t say that; the Post reporter just decided that because I’d written a song called “Daddy’s Li'l Girl,” it was about me—never thinking “She’s worked at a shelter for two years, and worked with a teenage sexual assault group; maybe she’s writing about things she learned there."
Angry Women in Rock Volume One, pp. 84-85

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ANGRY CALLER OS: Get all in leather, like Catwoman, and do that dominatrix thing. Small Talk Scene Eight by Nicole Witte 10

I was listening to a lot of Fishscale while writing Small Talk, like I often do when I need energy and motivation. This line was inspired by the Catwoman line at the beginning of Kilo. It’s not the only Ghostface Killah-inspired part of the film, either

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