Kiki G.

Kiki G.: Ecuadorian, Singer, Rock Journalist, freelance Online-Marketer, cat servant, gamer's apprentice. @kikigege87 for personal opinions and stuff.

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  1. Rose
    28/08/2017 @ 5:34

    Thanks, this was a good read! This term has always rubbed me the wrong way, but I have not always been well connected to the metal scene and did not realize there was a controversy surrounding it. At least now I know I’m not completely crazy!

    Personally the term bothers me because it signals a specific gender role or ‘place’ for women in metal: to stand in front, to look and sound pretty. Front vocals are kind of the ‘kitchen’ of metal in that way. Female vocals are fine, but I want to hear women in every other facet of metal too—not only this one place where we are “allowed” to occupy some space.

    By the way, I’m confused about your convention of using the asterisk after female*, male*, etc. This is not familiar to me. I’ve seen asterisks used in queer terms to expand their meaning to be more inclusive of individual identities, but I’m not sure if that is the correct reading here, or does it mean something else?

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    • Kiki G.
      29/08/2017 @ 12:37

      Hi Rose,
      thank you so much for your comment! You certainly are not alone with your opinion about the term. You also add an important argument to the mix – that there should be more women* in metal and not only as vocalists, I agree. We’ll include that subject in our upcoming interviews and on the podcast – stay tuned!

      Your guess about the asterisk is right! It’s meant to be inclusive of all women, regardless of what gender they were assigned at birth. LGBTQ-identities in metal is another topic we are looking into and will write and talk about here and on our podcast soon.
      Thanks again for your feedback and for connecting with us, we’d love to hear from you again on twitter or facebook or here, of course 😉
      Best,
      Kiki

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