Defining and contesting DIY feminism: the politics of Grrrlpower

Anita Harris

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review


This paper examines the concept and practice of grrrlpower in young women s cultures and its conflation with DIY (Do It Yourself) feminism. I argue that the grrlpower movement constitutes a form of feminist politics that problematises recent theoretical developments seeking to explain youth politics and identity in late modernity in terms of risk society and individualisation. Currently, y01mg people are perceived to articulate self-determination and identity through discourses of choice and individual freedoms, but I question the hypothesis that grrrlpower exemplifies this new, individualised form of (feminist) identity. By examining manifestations of grrrlpower in young women s fanzine and music cultures, I offer alternative analyses that make clearer the links between grrrlpower and a broader feminist project of collective politics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1999 Conference of the Australasian Political Studies Association
EditorsJohn Brookfield, Susan Windybank, Anna Benz, Vanessa Kirkpatrick
Place of PublicationPyrmont Bridge Printing Plant
PublisherDepartment of Government, University of Sydney/ APSA
Pages283 - 288
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)186487306X
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventConference of the Australasian Political Studies Association 1999 - University of Sydney NSW Australia, Pyrmont Bridge Printing Plant
Duration: 1 Jan 1999 → …


ConferenceConference of the Australasian Political Studies Association 1999
CityPyrmont Bridge Printing Plant
Period1/01/99 → …

Cite this