Pussy Riot vs. Trump: Becoming Woman to Resist Becoming Fascist

Natalie Dyer, Hollie Mackenzie, Diana Teggi, Patricia de Vries

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Abstract

This chapter explores how protest punk rock group Pussy Riot reclaim the vagina in their songs ‘Straight Outta Vagina’ and ‘Make America Great Again’ by activating a non-normative and fluid feminist desire against the phallic micropolitical fascism emanating from former US President Donald J. Trump. Our analysis of these two Pussy Riot songs aims to conceptualise a feminist micropolitics centered on the pussy, a labial language and the multiple molecular becomings that such pussy politics generate. We eschew the trap of constructing a counter-penis concept, as Simone de Beauvoir warned (Appignanesi 2005). Instead, we imagine and interpret pussy politics by way of engaging with Pussy Riot’s songs in order to offer a politics of feminist resistance to the microfascist psychic economies at work in the Trump presidency. By relating to the Trump presidency through Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of the Face Machine, this politics of feminist resistance activates the disruptive power of a fluid feminist subject. We argue that it reclaims the pussy’s multiplicity, fluids and flows both as a source of becoming and as an antidote to the microfascism witnessed today. We situate the music videos of ‘Straight Outta Vagina’ and ‘Make America Great Again’ as sources which stage a multiple and fluid feminist desire that intervenes in the toxicity of Trump’s Face Machine and allows for the possibility of ‘an “other meaning”’ inspired by Irigaray’s feminist ethics (Irigaray 1985b: 29).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeleuze and Guattari and Fascism
EditorsRosi Braidotti, Rick Dophijn
Place of PublicationEdinburgh, U. K.
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Pages362-379
ISBN (Electronic)9781399505246
ISBN (Print)9781399505222
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2022

Publication series

NameDeleuze Connections
PublisherEdinburgh University Press

Keywords

  • Gender
  • Feminism
  • Deleuze
  • Guattari
  • Irigaray
  • Pussy Riot
  • Cultural sociology
  • Cultural studies

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