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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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