Amplified heteronormativity in online heavy metal spaces

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Research into online heavy metal spaces has shown that there exists a distinct reliance on themes of hyper-masculinity. These themes seem to reflect heteronormative assumptions about the dominance of men over women held in wider society more generally. This paper will examine the sources of some of the themes of masculinity that exist in online heavy metal spaces. A suggestion will be made that the underlying notions of patriarchy inherent in social media technologies and heavy metal culture more generally appear to come together to contribute to an amplified reliance on heteronormativity that is typified by hyper-masculine dominance in the majority of these spaces.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKeep it simple, make it fast!
Subtitle of host publicationan approach to underground music scenes
EditorsPaula Guerra, Tânia Moreira
Place of PublicationPorto, Portugal
PublisherUniversidade do Porto
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9789898648884
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes

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  • heavy metal
  • online spaces
  • heteronormativity
  • masculinity


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