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Hardcore Sisterhood: Fostering Unity and Empowerment in the Hardcore Scene

Originally Published: Sunday, December 5, 2004
Written by: britni chance   

Growing up in the Orange County underground music scene has been a profound and transformative part of my life, shaping not only who I am but also how I view the world around me.

My journey into this vibrant subculture began at the tender age of 13 when I attended my first hardcore show. At that moment, I felt an instant connection and a sense of belonging that would stay with me throughout my life.

The Hardcore Scene and Its Complexities

It’s important to acknowledge that being a part of what is considered the “hardcore family” is a double-edged sword. While the term “family” is often associated with support and unity, in reality, the hardcore scene sometimes falls short of this ideal. The scene is, at times, plagued by a wave of negativity and anger that contradicts any claim to unity or family.

Challenges Among Women in the Hardcore Scene

One issue that has been glaringly evident to me, whether at shows or in passing interactions, is the way in which girls treat each other within the hardcore scene. It’s disheartening to witness the level of animosity and maliciousness that sometimes exists among us. I’ll be the first to admit that I have, on occasion, been guilty of perpetuating this negative behavior myself. It’s hard to ignore the unwelcoming stares and the reluctance to extend even the smallest bit of friendliness toward one another.

The Importance of Unity

The hardcore music scene is relatively small and predominantly male, which makes the unity and support of female participants even more critical. We need each other’s encouragement and support. I firmly believe that we can bring about a positive change in the scene by fostering unity among women.

Empowering Change

I encourage all the ladies out there to make a conscious effort to build a sense of togetherness within the hardcore scene. When you encounter another woman at a show or in any hardcore setting, hold your head high and exchange a friendly smile or two. Let’s eliminate the culture of hostility and negativity. We are all in this together, and it’s crucial to remember that we are the minority in this male-dominated scene.

Creating a Hardcore Sisterhood

By sticking together and showing loyalty to one another, we can create a true sense of “family” within the hardcore scene. Let’s start a sisterhood that not only uplifts and empowers each other but also works towards making the hardcore scene a genuinely positive and inclusive experience for everyone involved. Together, we can change the narrative and create a more welcoming and supportive environment that reflects the true spirit of hardcore music.

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