2019 Student Research Conference:
32nd Annual Student Research Conference

Women and Gender in the Punk and D.I.Y. Scene


Meredith J. Harrach
Dr. Jesse A. Krebs, Faculty Mentor

The D.I.Y. music scene was one of the most important parts of the grassroots movement in rejecting gender performance. It was made possible by the commitment to nonconformity that came with deciding to not make music to a label's standard, but rather for the making of music that holds meaning to the person making it and to its audience. However the punk and D.I.Y. movements haven't always been equal from the feminist perspective. The revolution of the Riot Grrrl movement was a reaction to the grip of exclusiveness that men had on the D.I.Y. scene. Riot Grrrl stood for women empowering other women and queer people. While not perfect, these musicians brought a degree of inclusiveness to the punk scene that hadn't been previously present.

Keywords: gender, punk, riot grrrl, queer, women

Topic(s):History
Music
Sociology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 209-5
Location: MC 210
Time: 11:15

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