Month: January 2020

You’re uninvited: in praise of even more miserable women

The album cover for the Julie Ruin LP. It features Kathleen Hanna by a library with a radical feminist logo in front of her.

I was listening to Jagged Little Pill once with my ex-husband like five years ago on a road trip that sparked a conversation about the stark contrast between alternative women from the ’90s and the ’00s-’10s. It seems like there was this weird period between the rise of riot grrrl and the #MeToo movement where […]

In praise of miserable women: a tribute to Elizabeth Wurtzel

The original cover to Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel. Elizabeth has long hair and light skin. She is shown staring blankly. It reads "Young and depressed in America".

A far cry from the escapist and hedonistic tendencies of the 1980s–hair metal, hip-hop, music television, gaudy clothing in gauche dayglo colors–the 1990s made it clear that everyone was miserable and it wasn’t going away anytime soon. Misery in the early ’90s was viable, in part, because it was very, very lucrative. Corporations like Sony […]