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Our Mission

We’re here to disprove the statement, “You can’t be feminist and like metal.”

We’re here to point out how far metal has come, and how far it has yet to go.

We’re here to recognize bands that discourage sexism and gender inequality and support women’s issues, and women at large, while remaining brutal. We’re here to question content, not remove it. It’s about discourse, not deletion.

But, most of all, we’re here to scream and flail until our throats are raw and our necks hurt. We’re here because we love metal, we’re feminists, and we want to tell you what that’s all about.

Interested in contributing?

Contact us here.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. joel permalink
    April 5, 2010 3:26 pm

    Your site has made me super happy today. I’m some what ashamed of listening to “metal” because of how many of the “fans” I’ve met and interacted with. An attitude much like your blogs is something that can help me feel better about something I’ve been into for way too long of a time and felt frustrated with.

    • April 5, 2010 11:05 pm

      Hey, thanks Joel. Like we said above, it’s not about blame or hatred or pigeonholing people. Feminism isn’t about that, anyway, and anyone who thinks otherwise doesn’t read enough. We’re proponents of men as allies, and of working together to create spaces for people of all types. We think dismantling the paradigm can only be done if we talk about it.

  2. Leila Abdul-Rauf permalink
    April 6, 2010 7:20 pm

    Cool blog! Do you have a contact email?

  3. riotgrrrlrevolution permalink
    April 18, 2010 3:59 pm

    Your blog….is righteous. I keep meaning to write about more women/metal on my blog, but I get distracted easily. So I’m glad you’re around for the purpose of metal + Feminism. We should work together, somehow. I mean really. I’m so glad you’ve started this blog and I’m so freaking glad I found it!! Cheers for you!
    (PS: proof I’m on the same page as you…or at least an article of evidence…my entry on Lilith Fair: http://rebelgrrrl.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/lilith-fair-bah-humbug/)

  4. Will permalink
    April 24, 2010 3:47 pm

    Hail yeah! Your blog is awesome, it really gave me hope and inspiration. As a femensit metalhead male, this has not only given me greater insight into the problems with the attitudes in the underground and mainstream metal scene, but made me realize some of those attititudes are still within my subconcious, and that I need to change them, and by doing so, I can have a greater capacity to express love and support to my female friends. Because only by understanding something completely can you change it, and I felt like a little bit of that happened to me when I read your blog, so thanks! Keep on raging!

    • April 25, 2010 3:01 am

      That is so cool, Will. We’re seriously stoked to hear it. That’s the point — it’s not about hate or anything like that. It’s about working together and pointing out where we’re not doing such a great job. \m/

  5. May 19, 2010 1:12 pm

    Love it! Found your site through Keith Kahn Harris, who makes some excellent points about the so called gentler sex and metal.

  6. May 30, 2010 7:27 pm

    Guys with long hair in make-up, dressed in gay-culture biker fashion….Metal was always feminist and just didn’t know it. Two devil-horns high for your blog!

  7. June 29, 2010 9:13 pm

    Awesome blog! We (female metal fans) rule.

  8. Serena Jones permalink
    July 6, 2010 4:52 am

    Great blog! I’m so glad I found this! 🙂

    Here is one issue I would like to see be addressed. You mentioned in your introductory post that certain people think, “You can’t be feminist and like metal.” I thing I can’t help but notice is that the segment of feminists who believe that it’s not feminist to like heavy metal are touting *exactly” the same view as the traditionalist types who think that it’s unladylike for women to like heavy metal – which is, of course, very ironic.

    I’m sure there are plenty of women who consider themselves feminists *because* they listen to heavy metal – and, as such, they are bucking the gender norms of what music women are supposed to like.

    Anyway, I’m sure you get the drift. It’s bad enough to have the traditionalist types tell you that it’s unladylike to enjoy metal music – but it’s much worse when you have even certain feminists tell you that your a bad feminist for liking music that is supposedly sexist. Those feminists in question need to recognize the irony of how, in a sense, they’re in agreement with the traditionalists on whether or not women should listen to metal – albeit for different reasons.

    Anyway, rock on!

  9. Sharon M permalink
    August 23, 2010 7:11 am

    I can’t believe I found this site. This is perfect timing: I went to Ozzfest tonight, and unfortunetly, Motley Crue was in the line up. (goddamn posers. I’ve always disliked them.)The ever odious Vince Neil was complaining because “no one was showing their tits” or some such bullshit. Cue me screaming f**k you and what sexist bastard he is.

  10. Jamie Williams permalink
    March 11, 2011 9:11 pm

    Hey,

    It’s brilliant to see others have had the same idea. I’m a student at Warwick University, UK, and I’m an all-singing all-roaring death metal vocalist. It occurred to me recently that metal is an arena of hypermasculinity that is exclusionary to many women. I believe that the power of metal can be used to articulate the anger that feminists feel; to draw upon the metal community’s history of questioning accepted identities; and to harness the energy of the music to motivate people to make a difference. I’d like to see people of all ethnicities and genders drawn to the passion of metal for its power to have a positive impact. Everyone should belong in the metal community.

    Plus, let’s face it, satanism and slasher lyrics – besides being unimaginative – gives the music a bad rep. There is a potential to influence people to go out and change their society for the better, rather than wallowing in negativity.

    So, that’s something I’m going to work towards. Now to convince the other guys in my bands that this is a good idea…!

  11. Adriana Delgado permalink
    February 27, 2012 11:39 pm

    THANK YOU for this blog!!! These issues really need to be addressed. Metal doesn’t necessarily have to be sexist, it’s quite the perfect place for people to channel their disgust at all forms of discrimination, and it should be more often used as such. Long live metal, feminism and all sort of fight against social inequality!!!

  12. March 16, 2012 7:54 pm

    =~} Great Blog \m/

  13. June 6, 2012 10:03 pm

    Have seen this? I’m very much up for this, but it’s ignited a shit storm on facebook.

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