“I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they’re out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain
This is from Kurt Cobain’s journal:
“Yeah, all Isms feed off one another but at the top of the food chain is still the white, corporate, macho, strong ox male. Not redeemable as far as I’m concerned. I mean, classism is determined by sexism because the male decides whether all other isms still exists (sic). Its up to men. I’m just saying that people can’t deny any ism or think that some are more or less subordinate except for sexism… I still think that in order to expand on all other isms, sexism has to be blown wide open…but there are thousands of green minds, young gullable 15 year old boys out there just starting to fall into the grain of what they’ve been told of what a man is supposed to be and there are plenty of tools to use. The most effective tool is entertainment” (Cobain, 117).
“I knew I was different. I thought that I might be gay or something because I couldn’t identify with any of the guys at all. None of them liked art or music. They just wanted to fight and get laid. It was many years ago but it gave me this real hatred for the average American macho male.”
― Kurt Cobain
Cobain was not a saint or perfect, but he did contribute to feminism in a lot of ways. Ever since Kurt Cobain’s suicide we are left to wonder what impact he could have had on today’s disgusting sexism. With his timeless ‘cool’ factor, could he have inspired more men to identify themselves as feminists? Unfortunately, we will never know.
On the positive side, his widow Courtney Love has talked enthustiastically about filming a movie about Kurt’s troubled life. Perhaps some of his activism will show up on a movie screen in the near future. We’ll just have to wait and see.