‘It’s a matter of eating or being eaten’ : gender positioning and difference making in the heavy metal subculture

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title ‘It’s a matter of eating or being eaten’ : gender positioning and difference making in the heavy metal subculture
Author(s) Nordström, Susanna ; Herz, Marcus
Date 2013
English abstract
The purpose of this article is to study how gender difference and ultimately female gender positioning are created and manifested in the heavy metal culture. The empirical material consists of single interviews and focus group interviews with heavy metal fans between the ages of 18 and 26. The overall finding is that while gender is a moveable position in general, women move their gender position to a greater extent than men, as they are forced constantly to adhere to the male values of the heavy metal culture. Three dualities in the positioning of heavy metal women illustrate this phenomenon: a ‘whore/goddess’ paradigm based on the knowledge of the female heavy metal fan; the balancing act of ‘acting male’ and ‘looking female’; and the gender ‘twilight zone’ of being insufficiently male for heavy metal culture while being insufficiently female for the mainstream world.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367549413484305 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Sage
Host/Issue European Journal of Cultural Studies;4
Volume 16
ISSN 1367-5494
Pages 453-467
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Difference
gender
heavy metal
positioning
representation
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/15437 (link to this page)

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