Gender, Metal and the Media pp 83-104

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Women Fans and the Myth of the Groupie

  • Rosemary Lucy Hill


Chapter 4 scrutinises the impact that the myth that women fans are groupies has on British hard rock and metal women fans. Women fans must negotiate the stereotype without accepting the title if they want their fandom to be respected, this results in a defensiveness about sexual and fannish reputations, which is an overtly gendered experience. Hill moves to examine the ways in which women’s desire for musicians and the complicated ways in which it must be negotiated impact on fans’ ability to express their fandom and their sexuality. The problem of the groupie myth lies not just with the expectations it places upon women but also in the ways in which it prevents discussion of more sensual and embodied experiences of musical pleasure.


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  • Rosemary Lucy Hill
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  1. 1.School of Sociology and Social PolicyUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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