Doing Gender in Heavy Metal

Doing Gender in Heavy Metal

Perceptions on Women in a Hypermasculine Subculture

By Anna S. Rogers & Mathieu Deflem

This book offers a sociological study of gender regarding women in the heavy metal subculture. Relying on interviews with fans, women have made progress in the metal world, although gendered conditions also continue to exist. Heavy metal feminism is a process in becoming, but not yet an accomplished reality. 

Paperback, 106 Pages

ISBN:9781839981364

October 2021

£18.99, $25.00

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About This Book

This book provides a sociological examination of gender issues concerning the evolving place and role of women in the world of heavy metal. Grounded in feminist theories of gender difference and in close dialogue with relevant thematic studies from various perspectives, the study specifically analyzes how women are perceived to ‘do gender’ by members of the heavy metal community, which has traditionally been largely composed of men and is commonly known for its hypermasculine qualities.

Relying on semi-structured interviews with self-identified fans of heavy metal, this work reveals that the respondents describe their music subculture as traditionally dominated by men. Yet, they also note distinct signs of the progress women have made in entering into and participating within the heavy metal culture on terms aspiring to equality with the men of their music community. 

Despite the changes that are perceived as legitimately positive for women, both in the world of heavy metal and in terms of women’s broader standing in society, gendered conditions driven by masculinity continue to exist for women in heavy metal. Even as women are slowly yet steadily finding their way to develop what might one day become, but as of now not yet is, a realized and acknowledged identity and culture of heavy metal feminism, patterns of masculinity continue to hamper gender equity in this area of popular culture.

Reviews

Doing Gender in Heavy Metal offers a fascinating exploration of gender in the male-dominated world of heavy metal. The interviews with fans demonstrate that gender shapes aspects of this subculture in both expected and unexpected ways.” — Dawn K. Cecil, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg campus

Author Information

Anna S. Rogers is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Georgia.

Mathieu Deflem is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Carolina. 

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments; 1. Gender and Popular Culture: The Case of Heavy Metal; 2. Doing Gender: A Sociological Perspective; 3. Hypermasculinity and Heavy Metal; 4. Interrogating Heavy Metal: Fan Perceptions on Gender; 5. Metalhead: Music as Identity; 6. Metal Woman: Being and Playing Gender; 7. Degrees of Metal: Variation and Change; 8. Toward Heavy Metal Feminism?; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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