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Challenging Beauty Standards in the Hardcore Scene

Originally Published: Saturday, November 27, 2004
Written by: Latinxhxcxgirl 
Edited by: KellySisterhood

Confronting Superficial Judgments

A friend and I conducted a fanzine interview with Candace from WALLS OF JERICHO, where we discussed comments from a Spanish message board. A user had expressed disappointment about Candace’s appearance in person compared to her band photos, expecting her to conform to traditional beauty standards. Candace’s response highlighted her indifference to these expectations, emphasizing her commitment to hardcore music rather than conforming to a stereotypical image.

Hardcore Isn’t About Looking Like a Pop Star

This incident made me reflect on the misplaced belief that women in hardcore need to be conventionally attractive. Women who don’t fit these beauty standards are often overlooked for their involvement in the scene, while those deemed attractive attract undue attention. This contradictory attitude towards women’s appearance in the hardcore scene is perplexing.

The Superficiality in Online Communities

Being part of various online communities, I’ve seen their potential for global connection and idea exchange. However, these platforms are sometimes used for self-promotion rather than genuine engagement.

The ‘Fashion-Core’ Phenomenon

It’s noticeable how some people prioritize their looks at shows or in online photos over the hardcore culture’s deeper values. The emphasis shouldn’t be on neglecting personal appearance but questioning the obsession with a ‘fashion-core’ look—tattoos, fashionable clothes, piercings—at the expense of core values and beliefs. There should be more to our identity than superficiality.

The Misconception of Female Fans at Shows

There’s a misconception that some female attendees are at shows only to meet attractive men, disregarding the bands playing. Even if they fit the ‘fashion-core’ image, lacking a deep understanding of hardcore’s essence and history diminishes the importance of their presence. Being trendy or attractive isn’t the essence of hardcore involvement.

Overcoming Stereotypes and Misunderstandings

The stereotype that women engage in hardcore primarily to meet men is frustrating and overlooks those genuinely interested in the scene. Being friendly or interacting with band members at shows shouldn’t result in derogatory labels like ‘groupie’ or ‘bitch.’

Breaking the Mold and Focusing on What Matters

It’s crucial to challenge these clichés. The focus should shift from ego-driven and superficial concerns to the core of what the hardcore scene represents. Sporting slogan-filled pins, patches, or trendy clothes isn’t sufficient. The scene needs more meaningful action and less posturing.

Written by LollA on 2005-08-19 08:56:40ahah I AM a barbie.  
and some ppl don’t think i’m tough enough to be in the pit… aww well fuck ’em 
Written by Guest on 2005-04-05 20:32:06A lot of my friends think Candace is hot BECAUSE she is hc.
Written by heartrestarter on 2005-01-21 01:54:34If they look at a girl who is not attractive physically, they criticize her, less her boast, but they do not see that girl is involved in the scene. But if it was on the contrary, that girl is pretty and slender, they would be crazy to speak and to be related to her. I don’t understand it. 
yeah but that happens to guys also. i know girls that do the same thing except to guys.. and yeah the whole groupie thing is screwd up. it’s like you can’t go talk to people in a band you love after a show without getting crap for it.

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