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A Man Behind Everything? Motivational Sources of Metal Listening… Among Female Audiences



Year of publication 2022
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Annales Universitatis Paedagogicae: Studia de Cultura
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords female metalhead; metal music; woman; subculture; femininity; masculinity
Description The term “female metalhead” may sound rather abstract. What does she look like and what does she think? Is there a typical female metalhead? This article summarizes qualitative research on woman’s motivational resources for participation in the contemporary Czech metal subculture. It discusses factors related to why women listen to metal and the role of men in this process. The research is based on seventeen semi-structured interviews with women in Czech metal. Respective research questions focus on female metalheads’ understanding of their position inside the subculture, their visual appearance, reasons for inclination to metal (e.g., partner’s influence or an attraction to the metal community), the issue of sex symbols in the metal industry, and issues of elitism and exclusivity. Results show that women within the metal subculture strike a balance between masculinity and femininity and often judge their surroundings from the perspective on these two poles. However, the primary inspiration still drives from the male perspective with its typical visual and musical characteristics.

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