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January 24, 2012

Girls Don’t Like Metal

Linking Horn, Metal News

Uber-talented music critic Natalie Zed has started a new column on the Canada Arts Connect website, titled “Girls Don’t Like Metal” after the infamous Metalsucks post by Sergeant D “Public Service Announcement: Girls Do Not Like Metal“. Natalie’s biweekly column examines gender issues, feminism, and sexuality within heavy metal music. Each post will come in the form of of an interview with a member of the heavy metal community, including artists, writers, magazine and website editors, road crew members, merch folks, sound techs, and fans. Interview subjects may identify as female/femme/trans/ genderqueer or be allies, and share a deep love of and commitment to heavy metal. The column will also discuss heavy metal culture in general, and allow women who work in the industry or identify as metalheads the space to open up about their own projects.

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Grim Kim

For her first installment, Natalie interviews Kim Kelly, aka Grim Kim, who herself is a prolific journalist, PR legend and merch slinger for bands like Corrosion of Conformity. Kim’s interview is fucking brilliant and if you haven’t already checked it out, you should. Kim has a lot of interesting things to say drawn from her experience as a fan, promoter, and member of a road crew.

Being a female metaller isn’t the easiest thing in the world, and while it’s something I would never back down from, it can get ugly. Scores of metal songs gleefully exhort violence towards women in their lyrics, but that doesn’t bother me, though other people may take terrible offence to this kind of sonic torture porn. It does bother me, though, when the fake woman hating in their liner notes comes to life. I personally have dealt with plenty of misogyny and sexism, both inadvertent and explicit. I’ve been insulted, hit on, disparaged, touched, condescended towards, propositioned, ignored, laughed at, leered at, grabbed at, sexually assaulted, dismissed as a “groupie,” a “little girl” or just “someone’s girlfriend,” had my metal knowledge, credibility, and intent called into question time and time again. I’ve had to scream, threaten, and get violent with individuals who don’t understand boundaries or show me the proper amount of respect. Even little things like getting emails addressed to “Mr. Kelly” or being asked, “So, who in the band are you dating?” can be terribly aggravating or discouraging. Sometimes it seems as though the only roles women are allowed within this world are the Madonna, the untouchable, über-feminine metal goddess with comic book proportions, or the Whore, the grody scene slut who’ll drop to her knees for any Neanderthal with a dirty ‘stache and a B. C. Rich. And guys wonder why women seem less inclined to enter this world. To enter the eternal fire, as it were.

You can read more about Kim on her blog Ravishing Grimmness, and keep an eye on the Canada Arts Connect website for Natalie’s next column.

6 Comments on “Girls Don’t Like Metal

Joshua Russell
January 29, 2012 at 6:53 pm

No comment. lol

jo
January 27, 2012 at 12:42 am

thats “Credit TO metal”. Duh, maybe not so smart after all :)

Jo
January 27, 2012 at 12:37 am

wow, that was an awesome interview and looks like its going to be a great regular column. Thanks for sharing this Steff- would never have found it otherwise. Us smart metal girls have to stick together and I always feel like you’re really inclusive of all metal people and that’s awesome. So often the love of metal turns into a pissing contest of who is into the most obscure stuff and I think that was really reflected in the comments on the original “Girls don’t like metal” post. That stuff is so lame whether coming from a male or female.
I think one of the reasons why I love Steff Metal so much is because you don’t bring that vibe. Kudos to you gorgeous chicka! You’re a credit metal!

Rob M
January 24, 2012 at 10:33 pm

..and barely 24 hours in and people are already shooting their mouths off. For the amount of hate Kim seems to get, you’d think she was a f**king serial killer…or a deathcore fan

Kim Kelly
January 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Thanks for the support, Steff, you RULE!!

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