S M E L L S L I K E T E E N S P I R I T
Punk and Gender Identify
In this weeks study group we discussed the punk subculture and their gender identities, mainly focusing on what the subculture meant to females and how it allowed them to express their own identities. Continuing on the method from last weeks lecture by analyzing an entire extract, highlighting statements and quotes in small groups then discussing as a class what we believe the text was suggesting. We also discussed the feminist movement in the 70’s and how the punk subculture played a massive role in this.
Extracts from O’brian, L (1999) The Women Punk Made Me in Sabin (ed) (1999) Punk Rock : So what, Routledge, London.
After reading through the extract it was clear that punk challenged the “Barbie” look, giving women an alternative. The punk look was not necessarily seen as attractive but there was always statement of intent within the style. Anything that was seen as attractive to men, punk women would trash creating a look that was not sexualised, not defined by how they looked.