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I find my­self as a Libertarian, folks. That’s what I am — for the most part. What I mean by that is that I don’t like to pre­scribe my­self to par­tic­u­lar ti­tles be­cause they en­tail a rigid way of think­ing that just isn’t my cup of tea. I like to be flex­i­ble; the world is nu­anced and it changes based on con­text. It’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand that in life.

It’s also im­por­tant to un­der­stand that I don’t like au­thor­i­tar­i­ans. I don’t take shit from au­thor­i­tar­i­ans, and I made it very clear back in October that if they made it a point to worm their way into my scene while I was here then I would make it my per­son­al job to end their non­sense with gale force.

side 1 metalSo imag­ine my sur­prise when I came across an ar­ti­cle by Adrien Begrand from — what I can sur­mise is a glo­ri­fied blog — “PopMatters” about, you guessed it, so­cial jus­tice with­in the Metal scene. Yeah, ain’t that a kick in the head. It seems as if we have a prob­lem with ho­mo­pho­bia, racism and misog­y­ny in the Metal scene. It seems as if we’re not in­clu­sive enough, and if we have any mea­sure of in­clu­siv­i­ty it’s be­cause that’s some­thing we’ve done with the help of our sav­iors, our paragons of moral­i­ty, so­cial jus­tice.

It’s as if these in­di­vid­u­als al­ways end up for­get­ting about Rob Halford, Doug Pinnick, Roddy Bottum, Gaahl, Otep Shamaya, Paul Masvidal, Sean Reinert….Christ almighty, do I have to go on? Do you know what all these heavy hit­ters have in com­mon? They’re all gay, and no­body cares ex­cept you peo­ple.

You ex­pect us all to be­lieve this? To be­lieve that there’s a ram­pant prob­lem with ho­mo­pho­bia and misog­y­ny? In a cul­ture where grown men wear­ing tight leather and co­pi­ous amounts of make­up every day are praised as kings to mil­lions on stages around the world? They do, fan­tas­ti­cal­ly enough. Their con­tention isn’t com­prised of things like di­rect, ma­li­cious in­tent to­wards ho­mo­sex­u­als. Or a clear in­ten­tion on part of the com­mu­ni­ty to shun ho­mo­sex­u­als, no, noth­ing sub­stan­tive like that.

It seems as if in­di­vid­u­als such as Adrien, iron­i­cal­ly, have a prob­lem un­der­stand­ing some­thing very cru­cial to how peo­ple use words; in­tent is im­por­tant. I have been called a dick more times than I have been called a fag­got, and I’m a ho­mo­sex­u­al. Now, if we used your bit of log­ic to de­ter­mine in­tent be­hind a word, we might in­fer that “dick” is a slur specif­i­cal­ly meant to de­mean men, a word that does so by im­ply­ing our gen­i­tals are a thing of ab­hor­rence. That seems like a very sex­ist slur, some­thing we shouldn’t call each oth­er.

Or could it just be a word meant to sig­ni­fy that any­body of any gen­der is not be­ing a very nice per­son?

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It’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand how some­body in­tends on us­ing a word. In a sub‐culture where our men are scant­i­ly clad in leather, half naked and/or caked in make­up, the word fag­got cer­tain­ly isn’t meant to be de­mean­ing to ho­mo­sex­u­als. Certainly not as much as some peo­ple think it does. It’s used as a sub­sti­tute for ass­hole, or dick, and it’s only so­cial jus­tice and their ilk who are de­ter­mined to see a ram­pant prob­lem where none looks to ex­ist.

Not in a world where ho­mo­sex­u­al mar­riage is le­gal and valid across the en­tire­ty of the west­ern world. Not in a world where Metal cul­ture, for the most part, has al­ways done away with the ar­cha­ic non­sense of re­li­gion, and it’s for­bid­dance of sin — ho­mo­sex­u­al­i­ty be­ing one of them. Black Metal, and to be fair all of Heavy Metal, has al­ways em­braced any­one re­gard­less of ide­ol­o­gy, creed, race, or pol­i­tics. And fem­i­nism is in­clud­ed, hap­pi­ly in fact.

There is, how­ev­er, a catch.

Nothing is taboo ex­cept to tell oth­ers that some­thing is taboo, and that is pre­cise­ly what fem­i­nism to­day likes to do. We do not like au­thor­i­tar­i­ans. This cul­ture was found­ed on the backs of chil­dren an­gry at their fa­thers, fa­thers an­gry at their gov­ern­ment, women an­gry about their plights and the non‐believers an­gry about the tyran­ny of re­li­gion.

We are born and bred to fight peo­ple who stand there want­i­ng to dic­tate what we can and can­not do. That’s all we’ve ever done and that’s like­ly some­thing we’ll al­ways do. If some­body wants to take po­lit­i­cal­ly cor­rect, jean vest wear­ing whingers to task be­cause they’ve got­ten their feel­ings hurt over imag­ined in­jus­tice, and they want to put the peo­ple who want to in­ter­ject their iden­ti­ty pol­i­tics into a sub­cul­ture that only ever iden­ti­fied as Metalheads in their place, well… I’m all for it. I’m rar­ing to take on what ap­par­ent­ly seems to be the PMRC re­born. And much like with that fi­as­co — with the far­ci­cal Tipper Gore — I am not alone.

We don’t need peo­ple to act as our moth­ers, scold­ing us for things they don’t like and im­pos­ing rules where they have no right to do so, telling us that there are mon­sters in the dark where none ex­ist.

In oth­er words?

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