In the last year there were more laws passed to limit women's reproductive rights than there were in the last decade, and Republicans filibustered the Paycheck Fairness Act. Not cool, right? Well that's exactly what Joan Jett and co thought, so as part of a project for the Department of Peace, they reckoned it was about time to announce a PSA RE: making the right choice come the general election on November 4th.
Sleater Kinney's Carrie Brownstein, Sleigh Bell's Alexis Krauss, Tavi Gevinson, Cass McCombs, Lesley Gore, Sia, Eleanor Friedberger, Girls' Jemima Kirke, Natasha Lyonne and Hole's Melissa Auf Der Maur are among those issuing the PSA, by lip-syncing Joan Jett's Bad Reputation, in a cut and paste editorial style reminiscent of the time these bands were first popular (viva la Riot Grrrl). The video gave the pulling power to make me want to make a change so I too could feature in a music montage straight out of 10 Things I Hate About You.
This isn't the first time a PSA has tried and get women who don't want to be complicit in their own dehumanisation down to the polling booths. 2012 saw icon Lesley Gore approve of a similar style video, where Alexa Chung, Kate Nash, Lena Dunham mimed to women's rights anthem You Don't Own Me. Lesley Gore states that though she wrote the song in 1964, she can't believe that women are still fighting for the same things in the 21st century.
I believe it was Bikini Kill's first demo Revolution Girl Style Now! which called for action on this back in 1991. It's both sad and great that there are still women campaigning for autonomy over their own body. But how great would it be if those Republicans just rolled over on their backs like grand old dogs and said, "alright, FINE, we'll stop policing you, just please stop saying we're the bad guy!"
I'd pay the big bucks to see Bell Hooks throw treats into their lolling mouths every time they passed a bill that didn't erase women.