Raunchy, Girly, Rock Bitch and Lavender: mapping female reader repertoires within tabloid metal magazine culture

Brown, A.R (2010) Raunchy, Girly, Rock Bitch and Lavender: mapping female reader repertoires within tabloid metal magazine culture. In: BSA Youth 2010: Identities, Transitions, Cultures, 6 - 8 July 2010, University of Surrey, UK.

Abstract

Drawing on a 36 month analysis of six leading UK and US tabloid magazines – Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Terrorizer, Metal Maniacs, Decibel and Revolver – this paper explores how such readers engage with and negotiate a range of female metal identities through their reception and interaction with metal magazine culture, notably through the letter’s page. Examining, in particular, female reader’s responses to the Revolver feature on female metal musicians, The Hottest Chicks in Metal series, the paper seeks to explore the range of responses in evidence and how they can map female reader repertoires of accommodation, negotiation, challenge and contestation of sexism in metal magazine editorial strategies. Seeking to contextualise this analysis, the paper goes on to explore how a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the letter’s page of the UK metal tabloid, Kerrang!, reveals a growing participatory culture of young female fans. The paper concludes by asking to what extent this increased youthful female metal identity politics is a reflection of the appointment of a young female editor of the magazine or indicative of a much broader shift in the gender politics of metal youth culture itself?

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