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Building a Hardcore Scene That’s Not So Fucking Sexist and Anti-Gay

Originally Published: Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Written by: Erica Weiner  

Experiencing Homophobia in College

“Yo, are they gonna try to fuck me up the ass?” he leaned over and whispered confidentially to my friend Metthea. The “they” were the openly gay men at my college. The “he” was a musician in a hardcore band. This interaction can be viewed as an exhibition of one guy’s homophobia.

Broader Implications of Homophobia in Hardcore

Does this have any larger meaning or extend beyond one person’s experience? Absolutely. The homophobia that exists in society at large is prevalent in some hardcore circles and potentially feeds into the anti-female attitude that saturates hardcore.

Linking Discrimination in the Hardcore Scene

The connection between gay and lesbian discrimination and oppression and straight female discrimination and disadvantage in the hardcore scene is apparent.

Views on Male Sexuality and Power Dynamics

The hardcore guy’s view of male sexuality is telling. He did not consider the possibility of female aggression or power in the context of rape, linking male sexuality to attacking sexual objects without consent.

Perceptions of Homosexual Men and Heteronormativity

His extrapolation of non-heterosexual orientations to non-consensual acts reflects a limited understanding and a focus on sexual interactions as the primary form of engagement.

Gender Dynamics in Social Settings

The inability to operate in a mixed gender environment without hetero-normative roles highlights a fundamental issue in understanding and accepting diverse sexual orientations.

Heterosexual Paradigm in Hardcore Music

The heterosexual paradigm, where men are expected to pursue women and vice versa, excludes and marginalizes homosexual individuals and enforces rigid gender roles.

Roles of Women in Hardcore Shows

The presence of both men and women at shows reinforces this paradigm, pushing gay and lesbian individuals to the fringes and subjecting straight women to fulfilling traditional roles or facing exclusion.

The Virgin/Whore Dichotomy

The social roles of women in hardcore are often limited to extremes, either being socially acceptable through sexual relationships with men or facing ostracization.

The Challenge of Inclusivity

There is a clear need to redefine roles in the hardcore scene for non-heterosexual and non-male members, moving beyond the binary of being either a straight male or an objectified female.

Role of Straight Women Against Homophobia

Straight women, in coalition with queer individuals, play a crucial role in challenging the hetero-hardcore paradigm and creating a more inclusive space.

The Power of Language in Shaping Attitudes

Challenging derogatory language like “that is gay” is essential in changing the dynamics and perceptions within the hardcore community.

Supporting Gay and Lesbian Rights in Hardcore

Supporting the rights of gay and lesbian individuals to have a sexual identity at shows is crucial, going beyond mere tolerance to celebrating diversity.

Asserting Rights for Diverse Relationships

Straight women need to advocate for their rights and those of the LGBTQ+ community, redefining relationships and interactions in the hardcore scene.

Conclusion: Building an Inclusive Hardcore Community

Creating an inclusive hardcore scene requires the support of rights for all individuals, challenging the unchecked power of straight white males and aspiring to a more diverse and accepting community.

Comments
excellent
Written by Guest on 2005-01-31 17:47:00This is a Very inspiring peice, you have certainly set out with what you hoped to acheive in theory but in practise it is still a long hard road. ignorance really is the issue its present in every form of discrimination and prejudice, people fear what they cannot understand or relate to and thats sad.

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