I recently discovered this amazing group, the creative collective, started by Melyssa over at the nectar collective. Every first and third Wednesday of the month they do something creative and share it.
This week’s assignment was to watch a documentary. I have to admit, when I put on The Punk Singer I really had no idea what I was in for, but I was more than willing to take to the ride.
The Punk Singer is a documentary about Kathleen Hanna, the front woman for the bands Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and The Julie Ruin. Kathleen Hanna wasn’t just a singer, she was an artist, writer, and vocal feminist.
It’s interesting because I have a pretty good knowledge of the first wave feminists, a bit of the second wave, and, upon watching this documentary I realized, none of the third wave. I knew it happened and vaguely remember seeing it in my childhood peripheral, I have a basic academic understanding of it, but that’s about it. I’ve never really dug much further than that. Watching this documentary was a bit of an eye opener that there is a whole nother tier to feminism that I must first understand and learn to appreciate before I can really claim to be part of the movement.
I think the biggest thing that I got out of this documentary was really just further grounding for something I already strongly believe: if you’re going to be part of a movement/culture know its history. Know those who came before you and laid down the path you are now walking on. Know that you are part of a story and make sure that the mark you leave in it will make those who started it proud.