Punk Rock Essay

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Punk rock is a unique and changing musical genre that was born in both England and the United States in the late 1970s. A largely underground music scene with a reliance on a rejection of societies norms, dismissal of capitalism and consumption, heavy reliance on community, and a strong attitude of do-it-yourself and self-empowerment, punk continues to have a large influence on the contemporary music scene. Punk rock, however, has faced issues when dealing with concepts of sex and gender. Bands within the scene are usually composed of males, women are objectified in song lyrics, and masculine values like aggressiveness and violence are often glamorized, especially in sub-genres of punk such as hardcore punk. But women have managed,…show more content…
After the demise of many hardcore bands in the mid-Eighties, bands such as Bad Religion kept the scene going, and were influences towards punk bands that would later go on to much mainstream success such as Green Day, The Offspring, and Blink-182. One specific moment in punk rock history that deals specifically with women, as well as issues of sex and gender, is the development of the Riot Grrrl movement in the early 1990’s. This movement came mostly out of the punk rock scene in Olympia, WA and Washington D.C. Women found themselves pushed out of punk due to the increasing aggressiveness in the punk scene, especially at concerts . Bands like Bikini Kill, and fan-publishes magazines (‘zines’) such as Jigsaw began to address the issue of women in punk rock. The first Riot Grrl Convention was held in Washington, D.C. in 1992. There were seminars dealing with writing zines and buying guitars, as well as dealing with eating disorder and fighting sexism. Punk rock, and specifically the Riot Grrrl movement, has been used to empower women and give them control over their lives. Punk’s celebration of the individual, and its embrace of those who challenge the norms and standards of society, made it the perfect culture for women who refused to accept society’s notions of femininity and gender roles. This is a tradition that has a long history within feminist theory. Groups such as the Radicalesbians and the Combahee River Collective challenged the
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