Portrayal Of Women In Metal Media: Sexy Or Sexist?

Stylus magazine has published an article on women in metal, focusing in particular on Revolver magazine's "Hottest Chicks in Metal" issue. The article includes quotes from Karyn Crisis, Otep Shamaya, Cristina Scabbia of LACUNA COIL, Marta of BLEEDING THROUGH, Sean Yseult of WHITE ZOMBIE, and Revolver editor Tom Beaujour. A couple of excerpts follow:

Beaujour says, "Every issue of Revolver is basically a 'Sexiest Men in Metal' issue because, like, you've got 125 pages of dudes," albeit fully dressed dudes in standard postures.

Almost every woman in metal has a "show us your tits" story, including Marta from BLEEDING THROUGH. "I really do get pissed when people yell that," she says. "I've definitely heard some other obscene things. I just think it's disrespectful. You're going to see someone perform. It's not like I'm a stripper; it's not like I'm anything having to do with anything about taking my clothes off. There's just no reason for it. If you're there because you like our band, just show some respect."

Sean Yseult, former bassist for the '90s alternative metal group WHITE ZOMBIE, avoided attention and hassle by obscuring her sexuality. Yseult admits she's always considered herself a "tomboy," something that translated well into the genre. People would often mistake her frizzy, blond locks, androgynous name, and long, lanky limbs for a man's. "I just looked like another member of the band, just like a guy, and I played hard. I definitely didn't exude any feminine wiles or anything like that," says Yseult. "I'm not saying girls shouldn’t do that. I mean, some girls, you know, are born very feminine and they should be able to look however they want. But I'm just saying I think that probably helped guys relate to me a little more, just like another guy."

The full article is available at StylusMagazine.com.

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