Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2018

The Riot Grrrl Movement was influenced by female punk and rock bands of the 1970s and 80s. Beginning in the early 1990s in Olympia, Washington, the movement was started by young women who felt that the male-dominated punk music movement was not inclusive of women and lacked space for them to display their own greater feminist thoughts: they were angry with the limitations of the expectations of woman. Women wanted to rock too, but felt that they were objects of the punk movement, not individuals. Riot Grrrl emerged as a space for female musicians and to address underrepresented subjects surrounding women such as sex, independence, identity, and creation. Young women began forming their own punk bands, self-publishing their own collage-style fanzines, and creating their own music and art to voice these criticisms and make brash, powerful, and unapologetic music.

F*BOMB is inspired by the original DIY zine publications of its time and it attempts to revitalize the Riot Grrrl and “DIY” Punk Movement for today. It is the first issue of a monthly publication which comments on different facets of women in the music industry such as lack of representation, discrimination, news, interviews, and creative expression. FBOMB comments on why we need representation of women in the music industry and how Riot Grrrl can integrate into and influence the current landscape of feminism through the lens of music and pop culture. It is intended for individuals yearning for a Riot Grrrl revival, and those wishing to learn more about women in music. Through examining Riot Grrrl bands, lyrics, statistics, interviews, and newly formed Riot Grrrl revival bands it is clear that there is still misogyny and lack of representation in the music industry, but that the ethics of the original Riot Grrrl movement is still alive and thriving. It celebrates and holds accountable the trials and tribulations, missteps, failures, and successes of the industry and the music being created. FBOMB confirms that Riot Grrrl can fit into the current music industry and that the industry and the world needs feminism and Riot Grrrl.

Maxine Joy Almendra

Daniela Al-Saleh

Amon Dario Appelt

Shruti Ashok

Whitney Badge

Jaire Berkel

Ingrid Bonetti

Victoria Boyd

Madison Bozinoff

Malulani Bria

Kaylin Brown

Rachel Brownjohn

Olive Burd

Germán Castellanos Reyes

Madeline Cericola

Vicky Chau

Amber Chen

Victor Chen

Wendy Ching

Connie Chu

Channon Chung

Leonardo Cilmi

Emma T. Conway

Nicole Corso

Qamile Dani

Magdalena de la Torre Suárez

Amanda Ericson

Dan Feldman

Anna Feng

Natalia Flores

Peter Frasco

Lucia Garza

Mariana Gaviria

Mikey Hefez

Adrianna Hinsey

Avinash Hirdaramani

Marielle Holland

Grace Hong

Surkho Shane Hong

Pauline Hotelier

Dylan Hughes

Jiyoung Hwang

Sonali Jain

Andrea S. Jassir

Christina Jenkins

Maria Jessica

Erin Johnston

Javarius Jones

Yea Ji Jung

Rachel Kahn

Anastasia Kharchenko

Jonathan Haojaq Kho

Alexa Kim

Cindy Dawon Kim

Sang Dennis Kim

Somin Kim

Yoonji Kim

Kyungmin Ko

Sidney Law

Kevin Lee

Jane Lee

Matheus Dal Santo Lewis Sage Smith

Kristiana Marcon

Hannah Marshall

Kruti Mehta

Gabriel Mester

Charlotte Miller

Mintra Morrison

Tamir Moses

Kaisha Murzamadiyeva

Thomas Nghia Nguyen

Lanie Nowak

Satoe Onizuka

Steven Orts

Owen Pace

Tatyana Palacios

Herin Park

Olga Pavlova

Luli Peralta-Esquivel

Lindsay Petricca

Constanza Pinto

Shreya Razak

Costanza Reiser

Vincent Riportella

Bateel Saber

Ahana Seth

Cristina Soberon

Rebecca Speiser

Natalia Spotts

Sabrina Steck

JD Stephenson Jr.

Richard Supriano

Eden Tartour

Jissaura Taveras Hernandez

Nathalia Tello Arias

Liz Tsai

Altyn Turdukulova

Amena Tyebji

Gabriela Vieira

Juan Diego Villegas

Yige Wang

Evelyn Wu

Jessie Yao

Crystal Yin

Rebecca Jiayi Zhou