Just read. Picked it up at 11pm, and knocked it off in one sitting. It’s now 2.30am. Not a big feat as it’s only 153 pages. Incredibly easy to read, and interesting too though it felt like a lot of the band stuff was skimmed over. But I guess that can be expected with a personal memoir. Had no idea she suffered from sarcoisosis which sounds truly heinous. 2007 was the year of Gossip for me. I remember seeing them live late in that year and it was an impacting experience. Beth commands attention.Quote for me came in chapter 24, page 148 - 149. “Punk to me has always been a moral philosophy, more than a style of music or a fashion you wear. The underpinnings of all the songs and clothes was, for me, a core rejection of the way the world operates, the mainstream world. It was a critique of capitalism, which makes some people rich on the backs of so many powerless workers. It was about smashing beauty standards that taught fat girls and boys and anyone not adhering to inhuman expectations to hate themselves. It was about challenging racism, challenging homophobia. And when you get down to what all these rebellions have in common, it’s basic kindness. Love, even. It is making a pledge not to hurt other people - not to profit off their labor, not to teach them to hate their bodies, not to turn hostile at the way we differ from one another, but to go forward, toward a giant community, fighting only against whoever would keep us down and apart, powerless. Under the whole “personal is political” motto of feminism, I feel that personal kindness, treating people decently, is political - is punk.”

Just read. Picked it up at 11pm, and knocked it off in one sitting. It’s now 2.30am. Not a big feat as it’s only 153 pages. Incredibly easy to read, and interesting too though it felt like a lot of the band stuff was skimmed over. But I guess that can be expected with a personal memoir. Had no idea she suffered from sarcoisosis which sounds truly heinous. 2007 was the year of Gossip for me. I remember seeing them live late in that year and it was an impacting experience. Beth commands attention.

Quote for me came in chapter 24, page 148 - 149. “Punk to me has always been a moral philosophy, more than a style of music or a fashion you wear. The underpinnings of all the songs and clothes was, for me, a core rejection of the way the world operates, the mainstream world. It was a critique of capitalism, which makes some people rich on the backs of so many powerless workers. It was about smashing beauty standards that taught fat girls and boys and anyone not adhering to inhuman expectations to hate themselves. It was about challenging racism, challenging homophobia. And when you get down to what all these rebellions have in common, it’s basic kindness. Love, even. It is making a pledge not to hurt other people - not to profit off their labor, not to teach them to hate their bodies, not to turn hostile at the way we differ from one another, but to go forward, toward a giant community, fighting only against whoever would keep us down and apart, powerless. Under the whole “personal is political” motto of feminism, I feel that personal kindness, treating people decently, is political - is punk.”

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