An underground movement largely associated with zines
(that were usually free or non-profit). Began
by members of the bands Bikini Kill
, who found out that they
were all vegitarians, feminists, and had been sexually abused. It bled into the bands' (and their
followers' bands') music, which screamed
views on rape
and sexism against women. Eventually it became
mostly about how males largely dominated the punk scene, and riot grrrls wanted to change that.
The riot grrrl culture encouraged girls who didn't know
how to sing or play to start bands, and encouraged such
DIY as making their
own clothing. The movement began its fifteen minutes of fame in 1992, much to the riot grrrls' embarassment since before and after it would've been almost completely
underground and, mostly, it still is.
Riot grrrl bands are always punk and never "poppy." Even if they
become famous they
don't "sell out" to major record labels
, and instead
sign to labels such
as Kill Rock Stars
Some more popular riot grrrl bands: L7, Le Tigre, Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Babes in Toyland, Huggy
Bear, Voodoo Queens, Heavens to Betsy, and many more.