The Worst Damn Thing

Why Avril Lavigne is harmful to modern girldom

Patti Smith was one of the only women who participated in the early NYC punk scene. Intense, strange and wolfish, she remains one of the best living songwriters.

Lydia Lunch was incredibly provocative and productive: She recorded music with several no-wavers and branched out into writing and acting.

Kathleen Hanna is an activist sprite who's largely responsible for Riot Grrrl, Le Tigre and mainstreaming (sort of) a fun electro-feminist paradigm.

Joan Jett was in the Runaways and the Blackhearts and now collaborates with a lot of new-school transgressors, like sex-punk Peaches.

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