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Graffiti GrrlzPerforming Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora$
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Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479806157

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479806157.001.0001

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Doing Feminist Community without “Feminist” Identity

Doing Feminist Community without “Feminist” Identity

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Graffiti Grrlz

Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón

NYU Press

This chapter attends to a significant tension built into the central argument of the book: graffiti grrlz provide an alternative perspective on the current state of transnational feminist movement and the potential in contemporary performances of feminism throughout the Hip Hop diaspora but the majority of the grrlz do not identify with the word feminist or as part of feminist movement. This chapter enters scholarship concerned with “the failure of feminism” by looking to the all-grrl crews created in Brazil (Rede Nami) and Chile (Crazis Crew, Turronas Crew). Graffiti grrlz in Latin America have been actively maintaining all-grrl crews and collectives for over a decade, affecting an extraordinary numerical surge in the presence of, and a noticeable shift in the relationships between, graff grrlz. The chapter argues that though graffiti grrlz generally disidentify with the word “feminist,” their performances of feminism offer a model of feminist movement based in action rather than identity.

Keywords:   Feminism, Graffiti, Community, Identity, Crews, Performance, Feminist Movement

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