More niche sorrows from a certain newspaper:
If punk is the ultimate anti-establishment scene, why is it still run by all these white men?
And so we find “would-be musicologist” and transgender punk musician Alyssa Kai pining for a cartoon scene that reality can’t live up to:
DIY punk – with its self-released music, non-corporate labels, cheap all-age shows in basements – embraces those things not as means toward corporate success, but as intrinsically worthwhile tools to build authentic rebellion and powerful community.
She wants none of that “corporate success,” which entails “getting signed, getting famous, getting a world tour,” terrible things like that. No, Ms Kai wants “authentic rebellion” and the purest of motives. Inevitably, disappointment looms:
Our authenticity [is] built on false premises of what it means to be “true” to punk in a messed-up, still-exclusionary scene made up of mostly white, abled middle-class men who make and buy most of the music.
Yes, too many punk musicians - and too many of their fans - are white, male and able-bodied. Will the horror never end? Apparently, our “would-be musicologist” is unfamiliar with the genres afro-punk and queercore, to say nothing of Pussy Riot, Pansy Division, Dinah Cancer and of course The Slits.
And then it gets worse.
Without warning, in the audience or on a stage, I’ll hear someone say, “This song is about feminism,
Yay. Girl power.
which means: How hard it is to have a vagina in this world!”
Oh dear. Major gaffe. Ixnay on the v.j.
And I’m suddenly… excluded from the supposedly ultra-inclusive community I’m trying to build.
Because feminist punk that doesn’t nod to transgendered women and their pseudo-vaginas is just no punk at all.