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"It's a matter of eating or being eaten." Gender positioning and difference making in the heavy metal subculture
University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
Malmö University, Sweden.
2013 (English)In: European Journal of Cultural Studies, ISSN 1367-5494, E-ISSN 1460-3551, Vol. 16, no 4, 453-467 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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Sage Publications, 2013. Vol. 16, no 4, 453-467 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-8810DOI: 10.1177/1367549413484305ISI: 000322320000005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84880824208OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-8810DiVA: diva2:696555
Available from: 2014-02-14 Created: 2014-02-14 Last updated: 2014-02-14Bibliographically approved

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