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Turbo Chicks talking young feminisms

Women's and Gender Studies
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Jenny Janke

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Reading: Turbo Chicks: talking young feminisms
11:49 AM
Edited by: lara karaian lisa bryn rundel and allyson mitchell
Toronto: sumach press, 2001
P 221-231
The writings on the wall: feminist and lesbian graffiti as cultural production [allyson mitchell]
"DIY is the link that connects these subcultures the Do It Yourself politic that urges people
to create their own culture and not rely on the mainstream to do it for them" 221
" [Feminist] Graffiti represents lesbian and feminist voices and is an outlet for their self-
expression and individual empowerment and political commentary." 222
"The demonization and intentional invisibility of
these social categories means that girls, feminists, lesbians and youth are not considered
when the rules are made about who gets hired for jobs, who gets access to housing, who
gets their taxes subsidized, who gets legitimate space carved out in a megacity and who has
access to information about the rules, laws and ideologies that affect them" feminist graffiti
speaks against this 222
makes visible the
Feminist graffiti gives "existence of the invisible on the very bricks and mortar owned by
those in power." 223
"When it interrupts the physical
city (the buildings, roads, signs and so on) and the ideological city (belief systems, laws and
other rules of social interactions), feminist graffiti becomes a form of anarchy." 223
"A community, [like Kensington Market] a feminist, subcultural and anti-corporate
community, is necessary as a forum where women can express themselves and build a
support network." 226
"The more we see lesbian and feminist messages the more difficult it becomes to read the
urban landscape simply through a straight and narrow lens because lesbianism and
feminism become normalized and a part of our everyday visual vocabulary." 227-228
"The need of property owners to erase graffiti is
an acknowledgement that graffiti carries a political message of queer and feminist visibility"
Joan Scott: "Making the movement visible breaks the silence about it, challenges prevailing
notions, and opens new possibilities for everyone." 228
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