Zeitschrift für die Welt der Türken / Journal of World of Turks, Vol 9, No 3 (2017)

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Feminist Reading of Gothic Subculture: Empowerment, Liberation, Reappropriation

Mikhail PUSHKIN

Abstract


Shifting in and out of public eye ever since its original appearance in the 1980ies, Gothic subculture, music and aesthetics in their impressive variety have become a prominent established element in global media, art and culture. However, understanding of their relation to female gender and expression of femininity remains ambiguous, strongly influenced by stereotypes. Current research critically analyses various distinct types of Gothic subculture from feminist angle, and positively identifies its environment as female-friendly and empowering despite and even with the help of its strongly sexualized aesthetics. Although visually geared towards the male gaze, Gothic subcultural environment enables women to harness, rather than repress the power of attraction generated by such aesthetics.


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