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Today let us take a gander at a little band I like to call…Le Tigre. I should probably also note, that it is not only I that likes to call them this, but that generally, Le Tigre is what they go by...all the time.
It is comprised of some people (JD, Kathleen and Jo) with some killer voices. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I think it’s stellar. I must also point out that originally I thought they were annoying as hell, but my room mate, who I like to refer to as “The Lenster” demanded that I sit and take in the vibes that are Le Tigre for more than 30 seconds. After indulging in the screaming yet angelic voices, I was hooked. Hooked I tell you, hooked.
One of my favorite parts about the band is this (taken from their website):
“What’s more important to you: the music of the politics?
This question drives us crazy! The music is not separate from our political ideas, and we really can’t choose one of the other. We don’t think that art or music can replace political activism, but we think it can be an important part of a culture of resistance so that social change feels possible. We want to make great music that radical people can recognize their values in, because that is what we ourselves crave
What is Feminism? Well, put a roung of martinis in front of us and we'll tell you how we invented feminism in 1998. Just kidding. This is one of those awful questions to answer cuz either you sound like a kindergarten teacher or just totally noncommittal (i.e. "there are as many different kinds of feminisms as there are feminists."). Obviously we can't represent all feminists or come up with a definition that can be universally applied, but yes, of course we proudly identify as fminists. It's also safe to say that the kind of fminism we are most interested in is the kind that not only challenges misogyny but also stands against racism, homophobia, class-sim, imperialism etc....here is a list of some boose we like on the subject:
Sisterhood is Powerful Edited by Robin Morgan Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman by Michelle Wallace When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America by Paula Giddings In Our Time:Memoir of a Revolution by Susan Brownmiller What are we Fighting For? Sex, Race, Class and the Future of Feminism by Joanna Russ A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story by Elaine Brown This Bridge Called my Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color edited by Gloria Anzaldúa and Cherríe Moraga Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis Daring to be Bad: Radical Feminism in America by Alice Echols The Dialectic of Sex by Shulamith Firetone The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by bell hooks Yours in Struggle: Three Feminist Perspectives on Anti-Semitism and Racism by Elly Bulkin, Minnie Bruce Pratt and Barbara Smith Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde Toward A Black Feminist Criticism by Barbara Smith How to Suppress Women's Writing by Joanna Russ Skin: Talking About Sex, Class & Literature by Dorothy Allison Female Masculinity by Judith Halberstam Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler Technical Difficulties: African American Notes on the State of the Union by June Jordan Sexy Bodies: The Strange Carnalities of Feminism by Elizabeth Grosz and Elspeth Probyn Woman, Culture, and Society edited by Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo and Louise Lamphere An Archive of Feelings: Trauma Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures by Ann Cvetkovich Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America by Lillian Faderman”
I just love these guys! Now, for some lyrics! Because I looooove those lyrics
"Ten short years of progressive change Fifty fuckin years of callin us names can we trade title nine for an end to hate crime? RU-486 if we suck your fuckin dick?" "There's no one telling us where to stand or where to be, we're just this huge strong mass of feminist fury. Resist, Resist."
"I'll meet you in the street...Destroy the right wing"
"So many rules and so much opinion So much bullshit but we won't give in"
Okay, so there's four. They have some great songs, go listen to them. Deceptacon is by far my favorite. They also do a really cool cover of I'm So Excited. Its hype, check it out. Merci Lenny for the awesome bands that you introduced me to, this being one of them. You're my girl.