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Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora

Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón


Since the dawn of Hip Hop graffiti writing in the late ‘60s, graffiti writers have inscribed their tag names on cityscapes across the globe to claim public space and mark their presence. In the absence of knowing the writer’s identity, the onlooker’s imagination defaults to the gendered, classed, and racialized conventions framing a public act that requires bodily strength and a willingness to take legal, social, and physical risks. Graffiti subculture is thus imagined as a “boys club” and consequently the graffiti grrlz fade from the social imagination. Utilizing a queer feminist perspective, ... More

Keywords: Graffiti, Women, Feminism, Hip Hop, Subculture, Performance, Digital Network

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781479806157
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479806157.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón, author
SUNY New Paltz