The Olympia Riot Grrl scene in contrast to the more outwardly political Washington DC scene:
...Everybody in Olympia's tight-knit punk scene knew who these girls were. And in the political isolation of the Pacific Northwest, it was easy to be satisfied with that instead of immediately trying to push a broader political agenda. "There was a possibility that I could change punk, 'cause I belonged there," Michelle said. "It didn't feel possible to change the rest of the world--because I didn't feel part of the rest of the world." If your scene was your whole existence, then the politics of that scene became supercharged with significance; changing the world could be as simple or as elusive as changing the scene. Similarly, if the revolution was a group of friends, then living the revolution could be as simple or as elusive as making friends with the most intimidating girls you'd ever seen.
--from Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus