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Pussy Riot and the Politics of Grrrl Punk

Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 13 September 2012

I WONDER, as they sit in their separate cells, what songs the three jailed members of Pussy Riot sing to themselves to keep their spirits strong. My vote: 'Resist Psychic Death' by the early 1990s punk feminist band Bikini Kill. The verse offers a four-word summation of the refusal to be mentally imprisoned: "Your world, not mine." And the chorus provides a bullet-point mantra of determination and survival: "I'll resist with every inch and every breath/ I'll resist this psychic death."

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