Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora

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New York University Press
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6.0 X 0.8 X 9.0 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author
Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón is an interdisciplinary Latina feminist performance studies scholar from Boston, MA. She is Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SUNY New Paltz.
"There hasnt been any significant interrogation into the gender politics of the art form or culture [of graffiti] until now. Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón has presented her work inGraffiti Grrlzin a way that is thoughtful and thorough as she asks important questions about how women navigate the world of graffiti. Anyone with an interest in the art form and the culture should do themselves a favor and read this book."--Scratched Vinyl
"In her groundbreaking book, Pabón-Colón explores how the graffiti subculture has been coded as male. . . Her dedication to detail and thoroughly researching is evident throughout the book. She explores over 100 women artists in 23 countries and makes a compelling case that graffiti subculture is a place where feminists come into their own."--Bitch Magazine
"Vibrant, complex, and totally engaging, Graffiti Grrlz recovers womens presence in graffiti subcultures around the globe. In this ambitious and passionate book, Jessica Pabón-Colón amplifies the resistant and creative practices of women graffiti artists and masterfully highlights their important contributions to contemporary feminism. In doing so, she transforms and expands our ideas about the meaning of graffiti and of feminist political action."--Jessica Taft, Author of Rebel Girls: Youth Activism and Social Change Across the Americas
"Graffiti Grrlz will change the way we think about women's involvement in Hip Hop culture and the way we think about feminist movements. Graffiti Grrlzgives us a part of the story we didn't know we were waiting for and we didn't know how much we needed. Powerful stuff, the prose takes shape like a fly graffiti backdrop and paints a picture that perfectly captures the work these women put in. Graffiti Grrlz is groundbreaking and game-changing scholarship that answers the question, where my grrlz at, with a powerful and provocative right here. This is a must read for anyone interested in Hip Hop Studies and Women's and Gender Studies."--Gwendolyn D. Pough, Author of Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere
"Brilliantly countering any claims that feminism is dead and that the Hip-Hop culture & is detrimental to women and girls, Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón has written an impeccably researched study of the grrls who have paved their way into the predominantly male graffiti culture, claiming their own space."--Street Art NYC
"The graffiti grrlz featured here know how to throw up fresh ways of re-imagining feminism, urban belonging, and world-making practices. Through bright ethnographic accounts of graffitis gendered politics and global reach, Pabón-Colón takes down assumed notions of hip-hop culture by passing the mic to a new generation of feminist graffiti artists engaged in writing and speaking on their own terms."--Juana María Rodríguez, Author of Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings
"Through stories from 100 womxn in 23 countries, Graffiti Grrlz examines the world of graffiti art, revealing the daily performance of feminism for the girls and womxn who write graffiti, and the spaces and subculture they inhabit."--Public Art Review