Club Cultures and Female Subjectivity: The Move from Home to by Maria Pini

By Maria Pini

This paintings explores the importance which modern membership cultures could have for ladies at a time whilst femininity is present process radical reconstruction. The publication focuses upon the experiential money owed given by means of a number of 'raving' and clubbing ladies and illustrates how new (and, in a few respects, extra applicable to our instances) fictions of femininity are generated inside of those bills. membership cultures can, it really is argued, come to supply very important websites for the exploration of recent methods of being women-in-culture. concentration upon those extra subjective and experiential facets finds that modern-day dance cultures have a lot to provide girls, and much more to assert approximately femininity than is generally said. this implies the constraints of a lot modern membership tradition feedback which concludes that simply because males are inclined to dominate on the degrees of creation and business enterprise, modern membership cultures sign a sexual-political step backwards.

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Despite how radical, heterogenous and seductive this language and debate might at first appear however, in many ways little has actually changed. Superficially, this criticism appears to promise so much that is new – new terminology, new challenges, and invitations to new kinds of ‘political’ action and interpretation. We are urged for instance, to shift our focus from ‘sub-cultures’ to ‘neotribes’ (Muggleton, 1995); from depth to ‘surface’ (Redhead, 1993); from ‘old’ versions of political action to a reconsideration of rave in terms of Deleuze and Guattari’s ideas about ‘desiring-machines’ and ‘Bodies without Organs’ ( Jordan, 1995).

Do traditional investments in concepts like ‘resistance’ not speak a certain Utopianism? The whole notion of a resistant youth for instance, clearly betrays a quite romantic preoccupation on the part of Left scholarship with particular ‘heroic’ acts carried out by (usually male) youth. Few interpretative stances or situated knowledges, lack ‘imagination’ – a desire for something which does not yet exist. And just like more official or established stances, popular cultural knowledges can also be visionary.

There was always a feeling that you could fail – if you didn’t get picked up and also, if you didn’t get picked up by the right person then what was the point? There was always the idea – when you got approached – of God, are they going to demand something of me that I’m not going to give? Meaning a snog, or a fuck, or a date, or a phone number or whatever . . Yeah, before rave it was the worst thing possible. There were lots of pissed men and a really lairy, letchy kind of space where you couldn’t do anything without being interfered with.

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