"I saw the Lovesexy show with a white boy I was very much taken with who was not as taken with me as he was with his fear. I made him a peach pie I thought we might like to eat during the performance, but the performance irked him: it took away from his drama, from the centrality of his maleness. He ‘loved’ Prince but not his power. And that is what it must always have been like for Prince: Black queen (if only in spirit), how dare you walk into the room and suck us all up in you? How dare you suggest, as you did in ‘Controversy,’ that you were neither male nor female but possess the power of both? Can’t you see I’m here? A white queer (or straight) man sitting here, the natural custodian of the world’s attention? What gives you, Prince, the right to take that spotlight away from me and shine it on that fine ass of yours, which no flat-assed white man could ever hope to approximate, let alone compete with? The pie grew sticky in my lap. He refused to eat it."
"I love sitting in meetings in a cool dress, with my nails done, and my hair how I like it, and just telling five men in suits how it is. There’s nothing more powerful and exciting to me. I always felt guilty and ashamed in the past for letting my alcoholism take control of me and make me afraid of being a woman and having a voice. That’s something that I will never, ever do again in my life."
"People are always associating us with 1990s nostalgia. At least they used to. But there were things about Sassy that I don’t think age well. There were issues with riot grrrl that we all know and have talked about. But the one thing about riot grrrl is, one of the reasons it disbanded, [is] you had some grrrls saying, “We should share this with people, we should do these interviews,” and then other people say, “No, we’ve created this safe space, we don’t want people to ruin it.” So with Rookie we decided we should do the former. We should share our message and encourage our readers to create their own little communities and spaces. That’s very important."
—Tavi Gevinson, Rookie founder in interview with Hazlitt.
People talk about Rookie and pubs/sites like it being the long tail of Riot Grrrl’s influence, but it is with relief and gratitude that successive generations of young feminists learned from RGs mistakes, not just it’s dogma. This might seem a little self-serving coming from me, but there were real fights at real RG meetings decades ago about how some members didn’t want “Nirvana-girls” or mall girls. But as we know very well know cheerleaders get raped, ‘uncool’ girls who work at Claire’s deal with all the hassles radical feminist punk girls do, and popular girls who love Taylor Swift need girl community just as bad as any of us bell hooks reading butch bitches do. These divisions between girls, this lack of inclusion, of acceptance and love—that killed Riot Grrrl as much as anything else. It moves me greatly to be part of Rookie, to be working towards correcting for all the energy feminists expend creating walls and judging other womens choices, for making a refuge and passing out the tools. And the love.
"Listen to me: We can’t do anything right. We can’t say what we mean, we can’t be ourselves, we can’t age, we can’t talk about feelings, we can’t fuck up. This is how it feels to be a woman, motherfucker. The world is filled with human beings who want us to shut up and shake our asses, point blank, the end. Can you fucking imagine if we had our own Kanye? For her to have Kanye’s power, and get invited on Kimmel, of course she’d have to be a mega-hot, funny as shit woman who walked around looking exactly like the chick in the short skirt who eats giant hamburgers on those Carl Jr. ads, but instead of eating a hamburger she’d be saying FUCK YOU, YOU ARE A SEXIST FUCK."