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Friday, August 1, 2008

Parents Just Don’t Understand: Riot Grrrl Edition

posted by on August 1 at 16:10 PM

From Portland’s KATU news:

PORTLAND, Ore. - A mother who sent her 8-year-old daughter to a Portland rock music-themed camp for girls says she is shocked by what she thinks is age-inappropriate material distributed to the young attendees.

The mother, who did not want to be identified, said her daughter returned home with music that contained graphic violent imagery and lyrics that were both sexually charged and racist.

Also among the items was a tape by the band Bikini Kill that the concerned mom said had sexual content so explicit she was too embarrassed to repeat it. She said the music also had racially offensive content.

She said that if her daughter had heard the music and asked her what some of the words meant, it would have been “very difficult to explain to her.”

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Oh noes! Run to the media (before discussing the issue with the camp like an adult)! Rock N Roll is dangerous and pushes boundaries! Who knew?

Posted by Oh Noes | August 2, 2008 9:44 AM

doubt her daughter will ever ask her what any words mean in the future.

Posted by brett | August 2, 2008 1:30 PM

I love Bikini Kill, but I can see some Christian mom getting pissed that her eight year old was given a tape with lyrics about underage girls wiping their cum on their parents bed or blowing carnies.

Posted by dan10things | August 3, 2008 5:16 PM

I can see where some lyrics from certain bands would be inappropriate for certain ages.

Posted by Simon | August 4, 2008 7:20 PM

But what are the racially insensitive Bikini Kill lyrics? Don't remember any of those...

Still though, common sense would lead you to not send an 8 year old home with stuff made for teenagers. That was kinda dumb.

Posted by Dougsf | August 4, 2008 7:30 PM

"But what are the racially insensitive Bikini Kill lyrics?"

Maybe "WHITE BOY...DON'T LAUGH...DON'T CRY...JUST DIE!" if it's taken out of context of the song. You have to remember this happened in Portland, which seems mostly to be comprised of hippies gone yuppy and super politically correct liberals these days.

Posted by dan10things | August 5, 2008 10:48 AM

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