It’s snowing big fat bunny sized snowflakes and it’s the perfect shade of gray out. Winter tuning into spring is the best time of year
lets talk about metal
i love metal, despite its best efforts. the problem is it is a genre overwhelmingly dominated by a bunch of white straight cis het dudes. they place themselves as arbiters of what exactly is “metal” and what “isn’t metal” and exert pressure on whatever “isn’t metal” to remove itself from the scene. surprise: “girls who only pretend to like metal” are high on the list of things that aren’t metal.
the exact same constant badgering of women to prove their “authenticity” rampant in nerd culture is in metal. albums, bands, whole subgenres get written off as “too girly” if they feature women too prominently. i recall a popular image set that went around that was like “spot your metalhead” with illustrations of prototypical types of metal fans based on their preferred subgenre (i.e. the thrasher, the folk metal fan, the power metal fan) pointing out aspects of their dress, and there was one, one woman, because she was “the girl metal fan” - she might have even just been “the girlfriend” - because lord knows we can’t have our own interests or preferred types of metal, we’re just the women and women Aren’t Metal.
i have a friend who is immensely talented, conscientious, with great capacity for empathy and every indication of being a dude who Gets It, but despite all this i’ve heard him turn around and worry about if one of his projects was becoming “girlfriend metal” - metal inauthentic enough to show to your girlfriends who aren’t very metal to ease them into liking Real Metal. as if it’s our fault for not being versed enough in a culture actively hostile to us instead of the culture’s fault for dismissing the interest of fans or prospective fans who happen to be women. i should really have a good long talk with that friend one of these days about why that’s bullshit but i digress.
metal touts itself as this subversive and boundary-pushing genre that Sticks It To The Man and nothing could be a bigger joke when you have white supremacist bands like burzum fucking enthroned in canon as True Metal. like, if a political movement that modeled itself after the current cultural values of metal as a whole somehow executed a coup and imposed their vision onto the world it would result in a society which, if anything, would be even more openly contemptuous of and hostile towards women and poc, but white dudes get cool jackets and motorcycles.
it’s a spectacle of subversion that poorly masks a genre riddled with sexism, racism, homophobia and transphobia. at its best, metal allows disgruntled and disenfranchised people in, for example, south america or the middle east, to give voice to their frustrations and grievances, but a metal fan in europe or america isn’t going to hear those bands unless they work hard to find them. they’re just going to hear more of the bands from europe and america trotting out the same tired shit.
i don’t want metal to end up a club where white dudes can play at being oppressed more than it already is. if metal fans really wanted to be subversive, they’d attack the structures that enshrine Whiteness, Straightness, and Maleness as superior to all else, instead of directing that aggression towards those of us who can be literally destroyed by the lack of a community.
You think it’s cool to hate things. And it’s not. It’s boring. Talk about what you love and keep quiet about what you don’t.”
sorry guys can’t hang out right now I’m working on my aesthetic