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Moshing is only acceptable when done by cats listening to Bracewar
Moshing is only acceptable when done by cats listening to Bracewar
07/09/11 at 08:47 PM by AP_Punk

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The dominant tone of hardcore is ‘aggressive’, which in Western society has masculine connotations. This isn’t simply a question of gender, it is a question of ‘masculinity’, a descriptive tool used to create ‘male’ as powerful and domineering. It is this overtly articulated masculinity, I believe, that creates the privileging of space we experience in the specific public space that is the hardcore show, and specifically in dancing at shows. I believe that the way space is used at the show is one of the many ways that the ‘aggressive masculinity’ discourse is perpetuated in the hardcore community. I also believe that it doesn’t have to be this way. Critical self-awareness should cause people to realise their actions restrict others, and while it may lead to a transformation of the way space is used, I feel it would be a positive alternative to the current state of play, where many watch passively and a few actively engage in a physical way.

a sociological-ish analysis of mosh pits
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