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Echoes of Redemption: A Journey from Despair to Strength Through Music and Straight Edge

For more than three decades, straight edge has ebbed and flowed through the hardcore scene.  The articles in this section span twenty years’ worth of ideas, feelings, and thoughts about straight edge from a female perspective.

Some of these articles were written by girls who are now women. Our thoughts were raw and unfiltered as teens.  We were (and some of still are) frustrated with the status quo. We are tired of having our voices drowned out.

As we have grown and evolved, so have our ideas about what it means to be straight edge.  These are our stories, our thoughts, our journeys.

Straight Edge

In the vibrant tapestry of hardcore history, Double Cross stands as a monumental chronicle, etched in the memories of hardcore kids. Founded in 2008 by the legendary Tim McMahon, vocalist of iconic straight-edge bands like Mouthpiece and Hands Tied, and his comrade-in-arms, Brian 'Gordo' Jordan, Dou
12-year-old Logan Kelly sits down with the legendary Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat. In this insightful conversation, Logan explores the essence of what it means to be Straight Edge and a Punk through the eyes of one of the genre's most influential figures.
Dive into the revolutionary role of Straight Edge women in the hardcore scene. Discover their history, challenges, and empowerment in the punk-rock wave of the '80s. Explore how they defy stereotypes and lead with resilience in a male-dominated space

Interviews

In our latest feature, we spotlight Katja Schmitt, a 43-year-old single mother from Germany. Juggling the demands of motherhood and a full-time career, Katja dedicates her spare time to raising awareness about toxic relationships and PTSD. Recently embracing the straight edge lifestyle, she is part
In this interview, we feature Aesop Mongo, a 29-year-old graphic designer, and guitarist for No X Cure (Heavy Death/Dark/Metallic Hardcore Straight Edge out of Alabama). Keep reading to learn about her hobbies, how and when she claimed edge, and what currently driving her forward. Keep up
Join Mic and Stephen as they delve into the enduring influence of 108 on the hardcore scene, discussing its evolution since the '90s while retaining its essence. Explore the intersection of spirituality and hardcore, along with coffee reviews and a discussion on Mouth Full of Locusts' new EP.

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Breaking Barriers: Women’s Voices in the Hardcore Scene

Explore 'Breaking Barriers: Women's Voices in the Hardcore Scene,' an insightful look into the evolving role and challenges of women in the hardcore music community. Discover diverse perspectives from band members and fans, addressing sexism, inclusivity, and the transformative power of women in shaping the hardcore scene
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Woman on top the crowd at FYA for Turnstile- photo by Danielle Dombrowski

Overprotected or lucky: The Complex Experience of Women in the Hardcore Music Scene

Delve into the unique experiences of women in the hardcore music scene, exploring the fine line between protection and independence. This article examines the challenges faced by female fans and musicians, from receiving special treatment to asserting their strength, and dealing with unwanted attention. A candid reflection on the complexities of navigating a predominantly male-dominated environment, striking a balance between vulnerability and empowerment.
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XX’s GET LOW

Originally Published: Friday, December 5, 2008Written by: Alexa Assion Music is one of my passions. I’m currently getting into metalcore, and I have a lot of friends really into hardcore. I started to notice how male-dominated these genres were. Not many females are represented. Maybe because their male counterparts don’t feel they can do “lows” […]
kellysisterhood

Challenging Stereotypes in Hardcore: My Journey

Exploring the Journey of a Female Musician in Hardcore: Battling Stereotypes, Navigating Challenges, and Inspiring Change in a Male-Dominated Scene
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One King Down - TIHC- Photo by Danielle Dombrowski

Embracing the Hardcore Scene: A Journey of Passion and Self-Discovery

A personal narrative of resilience, identity, and belonging in the hardcore music scene. This article reflects on the challenges and triumphs of embracing hardcore culture, fighting against commercialization, and finding a true sense of self.
Guest Poster
drama- Hardcore Spain

Review: Drama DEMO

Drama is a female fronted hardcore/punk outfit out of Barcelona Spain. Fast paced, no holds barred punk rhythms clash with hardcore breakdowns
kellysisterhood

Perspectives

Exploring the Journey of a Female Musician in Hardcore: Battling Stereotypes, Navigating Challenges, and Inspiring Change in a Male-Dominated Scene
Explore the challenges and stereotypes faced by women in the music scene, where the struggle for acceptance and equality is ongoing. This article addresses the deep-rooted issues of sexism and judgment, highlighting the need for unity and progress among women striving to overcome outdated gender rol
Follow one girl's remarkable journey in the hardcore and straight edge music scene. Discover her struggle, passion, and resilience as she defies stereotypes and finds her voice in a male-dominated world. A story of empowerment and breaking boundaries
Feminism and Hardcore: Why it does Matter? Explore the complex journey of women in the hardcore music scene
This article exposes the challenges of being a female fan and musician, confronting the derogatory use of terms like 'cute' and advocating for genuine respect and equality. It's a thought-provoking reflection on the deeper implications of language and the struggle against gender biases in a subcultu
Discover the journey of breaking stereotypes and empowering women in hardcore music. Explore the passion, challenges, and non-mainstream appeal of the hardcore scene through personal experiences
Delve into the unique experiences of women in the hardcore music scene, exploring the fine line between protection and independence. This article examines the challenges faced by female fans and musicians, from receiving special treatment to asserting their strength, and dealing with unwanted attent
Explore the challenges and discrimination faced by women in the hardcore music scene. This personal account sheds light on the struggle for respect and equality, confronting sexist attitudes and the misinterpretation of the straight edge lifestyle. It's a candid look at the need for acceptance and u