“There is no place within our community for this backwards thinking and wemust all stand in solidarity for the women in Metal should be celebrated and applauded for braving thecurrent that works against them.”- Mischief Madness
Misogyny In Metal
Metal is known for it’s aggression yet it is also known for its fans. Metal has the best and most loyal
fans out there and when times are tough they come together to help resolve important issues.
I was inspired by Robb Flynn’s “Racism in Metal” video because it addressed an issue that was
dividing the metal community. After Phil Anselmo’s racist comment at the Ride For Dime last year,
rather than to let the matter be hushed away, Flynn decided to publicly address the problem so that
people can become aware of their actions and those of others within the metal community. The
response was inspiring because we all agreed that racism has no place within Metal and will take the
necessary steps to ensure an embarrassment like that does not happen again.
Now I come to you as a woman who works in the Metal scene who is seeking to shed light on another
important issue- MISOGYNY IN METAL, which I feel is a prevalent topic in this male-
I am a woman in my late twenties and have been working in the industry for the last three years. I first
began as a co-host to a music television show and then radio personality for a web-based radio station.
I have interviewed a countless number of bands yet it was always with the help and guidance of my producer who is male. I noticed that without my producer or any other male figure accompanying me to the venue, I would found myself being treated by band members with less respect than I deserved. They assumed I was a groupie and would proceed to hit on me; once I would disclose my identity that I am with the Press, they would then treat me like the plague.
I recently started handling some of my own PR and, although I follow the same protocol that my
producer has taught me to follow, I find myself struggling to receive the same respect and I attribute it
to the preconceived misogyny within the scene. I discuss this issue with other females that work in the industry such as photographers and promo models and they concurred by telling me about their own horror stories they have experienced.
I have had bands purposely ruin my interviews and laugh about it, as if my work was nothing to be
taken seriously. I have had tour managers disrespect me and assume, again, that I was just some dumb
girl trying to get backstage with the band. I have been brushed aside by bands who were dissatisfied
with my abilities to provide them drugs/alcohol, even when we had a confirmed interview appointment
scheduled for that day. Yet, I continue to impress every band I interview with my passion of metal and
knowledge about their music…may I say even “surprise”?
Many Metal band members, and fans alike, are guilty of the assumption that the women that attend shows are only there to hook up with other guys, as if it is unbelievable to think that a woman would like metal out of her own volition. The women of Metal are just as aggressive and equality passionate about the music as any man and it sad to see very few women dominate the industry as musicians, reporters,
producers, etc; what is even more sad is the men within the industry that continue to treat women with
contempt for wanting to have the same skills and professions in the same field as they do.
The only way to combat the misogyny within the metal community is with active feminism, which is not exclusive to women. There is no place within our community for this backwards thinking and we must all stand in solidarity for the women in Metal should be celebrated and applauded for braving the current that works against them.