Monday, February 23, 2009

Interesting Chapter on Misogyny and Punk Rock

I just read an interesting chapter entitled "Careers in Misogyny" which comes out of the book The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellion, and Rock 'n Roll.

A bit says:

"' In 1977 rock has become very much a gladiatorial sport,' commented Burnel approvingly. Females were too weak to participate in this men-only activity: 'their bodies decline so quickly ... by the time they are forty they're soft and flabby, whereas you see handsome men at forty.'"


One of the better chapters I have read about misogyny in the text of 'rock 'n roll' in the late 70's.

I recommend.

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Anonymous said...

And that's why I'm happy to be living in the new century. Sheesh!!

Anonymous said...

Oh horror of horrors. And to think that people actually didn't mind speaking publicly like this.
And publish their words of misogyny. WOW.

sp said...

wow, and wow.

Anonymous said...

Punk Rock and Rock music at large provided an arena in which females could thwart perceived ideas of beauty and just be themselves. At the same time, we forget that it was not all female-accepting.

I need to read this book....

sp said...

no wonder riot girls were so bitter.

Anonymous said...

Heh, in the same vein emo was forged by the uncontextualized notion of 'the girl' wherein males would flesh out whatever self-serving/pitying
suited their particular experience (i.e. naming 'her' qua woman) in order to achieve self-exaltation.

Anonymous said...

I agree with what brokennarcissist said. Much about the text of 'woman' has been tempered with in the rock world and that's quite a subject to explore.

Unknown said...

Misogyny is so hard to 'masticate.' Any time that a person feels they have to degrade women to appear stronger, I say 'run, run, run.'