Heavy Metal - Controversies and Countercultures - Titus Hjelm

Heavy Metal - Controversies and Countercultures - Titus Hjelm

‘[I] hate girls and emo[tion]s’: Negotiating masculinity in grindcore music

Heavy Metal - Controversies and Countercultures - Titus Hjelm

Rosemary Overell
University of Melbourne

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In this chapter, the author uses feeling brutal as an entry point for a discussion on how affect relates to, and troubles, metal masculinity. There is a recurrent assumption in metal studies that Western metal is sexist, masculinist, and even misogynist (Arnett 1996; Kahn-Harris 2007; Walser 1993; Weinstein 2000). The author questions whether grindcore participants really do, following a song title from band Blood Duster, ‘Hate Girls and Emotions’. Overell concurs that metal imagery, particularly in death metal and gore-grindcore, regularly represents women as sexualized objects at best and objects for rape, torture and murder at worst. Metal signifiers, often literally, scream masculinity

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Overell, Rosemary. ‘[I] hate girls and emo[tion]s’: Negotiating masculinity in grindcore music. Heavy Metal - Controversies and Countercultures. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 201 - 227 Apr 2013. ISBN 9781845539412. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=20781. Date accessed: 28 Mar 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.20781. Apr 2013

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