'Hard and heavy': Gender and power in a heavy metal music subculture

Krenske, Leigh and McKay, Jim (2000) 'Hard and heavy': Gender and power in a heavy metal music subculture. Gender, Place and Culture, 7 3: 287-304. doi:10.1080/713668874


Author Krenske, Leigh
McKay, Jim
Title 'Hard and heavy': Gender and power in a heavy metal music subculture
Journal name Gender, Place and Culture   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0966-369X
1360-0524
Publication date 2000-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/713668874
Volume 7
Issue 3
Start page 287
End page 304
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, U.K.
Publisher Carfax
Collection year 2000
Language eng
Subject C1
379901 Gender Specific Studies
750299 Arts and leisure not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
This article analyses gendered structures of power in a heavy metal (HM) music club. Although both male and female HM devotees often declare that they are engaged in a rebellious activity, this romantic conviction sits uneasily alongside the HM scene's reinforcement of conventional gender relations and identities. Although many women gravitated toward the HM setting in order to escape stiffing adolescent situations, they wound up in another oppressive context. Both the forceful corporeal practices of men and the highly gendered structures of power meant that women 'did' gender on men's terms. HM texts, narratives, identities, and corporeal practices constituted a complex and contradictory gender regime that literally kept women 'in their place'.

The future of rock belongs to women. (the late Kurt Cobain, lead singer with grange rock band Nirvana)

... it was like my dress was being torn off me, people were putting their fingers inside me and grabbing my breasts really hard ... and I had a big smile on my face pretending it wasn't happening. I can't compare it to rape, because it isn't the same. But in a way it was. I was raped by an audience-figuratively, literally, and yet, was I asking for it? (Courtney Love, Cobain's widow and grange rocker, explaining why stage-diving inspired her to compose the song Asking For It)
© 2000 Taylor & Francis Ltd
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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