Graffiti Grrlz will change the way we think about women’s involvement in Hip Hop culture and the way we think about feminist movements. Graffiti Grrlzgives us a part of the story we didn’t know we were waiting for and we didn’t know how much we needed. Powerful stuff, the prose takes shape like a fly graffiti backdrop and paints a picture that perfectly captures the work these women put in. Graffiti Grrlz is groundbreaking and game-changing scholarship that answers the question, where my grrlz at, with a powerful and provocative right here. This is a must read for anyone interested in Hip Hop Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.
—Gwendolyn D. Pough, Author of Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere
The first academic study on women’s participation within Hip Hop graffiti art subculture, Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora is an interdisciplinary transnational feminist ethnography that examines how “graffiti grrlz” negotiate their place within a heterosexist male-dominated subculture. The project features over 100 graffiti grrlz of different generations (18-56 years old), genres (letters, characters), and geographies. By focusing on performances of feminist acts in person and online, Graffiti Grrlz documents how they: stylize and politicize Hip Hop masculinity; deploy femininity to transform subcultural precarity; resist isolation and tokenization by building community and fostering collectivity; make memory and establish history via digital ephemera; shift subcultural aesthetics and politics through digital culture; and circulate their presence through new media. Calling into question conventional knowledge structures and aesthetic value systems that currently inform Hip Hop (graffiti) studies, I argue that graffiti grrlz are shaping contemporary graffiti art’s subcultural evolution aesthetically, socially, and politically.
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If you’d like to read some of my work on the topic, please visit the “Writing” page.