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June 17th, 2007

Guerrilla Girls

Guerrilla Girls\

I first heard of the Guerrilla Girls when I was in college years ago. The GGs fight “discrimination with facts, humor and fake fur!” They mix sex, politics, art, feminism and activism so is it any wonder I love them? From their website:

Who are the Guerrilla Girls?

We’re a bunch of anonymous females who take the names of dead women artists as pseudonyms and appear in public wearing gorilla masks. We have produced posters, stickers, books, printed projects, and actions that expose sexism and racism in politics, the art world, film and the culture at large. We use humor to convey information, provoke discussion, and show that feminists can be funny. We wear gorilla masks to focus on the issues rather than our personalities. Dubbing ourselves the conscience of culture, we declare ourselves feminist counterparts to the mostly male tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Batman, and the Lone Ranger. Our work has been passed around the world by kindred spirits who we are proud to have as supporters. It has also appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Bitch and Bust; on TV and radio, including NPR,, the BBC and CBC; and in countless art and feminist texts. The mystery surrounding our identities has attracted attention. We could be anyone; we are everywhere.”

An informative interview with the GGs can be read here and their FAQ is here.

Though the song has nothing to do with them I’ve got The Dead Milkmen’s Gorilla Girl stuck in my head now…

Posted by Administrator as Musings at 11:48 PM CDT