Alex Blaze

Queer music Friday - Sleater Kinney

Filed By Alex Blaze | March 30, 2007 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: queer music, sleater kinney

Sleater Kinney's "Entertain":

Guitarist Carrie Brownstein on gender deconstruction for kitchen sink:
And in terms of redefining gender, I think, I have to say my main problem with it, although I do think, OK I do think that gender is a construction and I do think that redefining what a woman is part of an important debate. But, I think that's it's sort of a post-revolutionary concept in a very pre-revolutionary time.

Meaning that, sexism still exists. Women as a category, as an identifiable marker, exists in our society, whether we want it to or not. So, to simply claim that woman doesn't exist for yourself might be OK. But to try to dismantle it as an entity in order to bring another form of politics in there, will only work after sexism is gone.

It's hard to let go of being a woman, or the idea being a woman, when we still live in a society that oppresses women and objectifies women. I just think that in that sense, it's problematic. And in terms of older feminists who worked really hard for things like equal pay, or maternity leave[....]

For someone thirty years younger to begin to say "Woman is just a construct, we need to totally let that go..." Are we there yet? Can we afford to do that? Hopefully those discussions can coexist. Instead of one trying to topple the other. I think we can be working towards different goals, but it means a complete toppling of the category of "woman," not just by feminists, but by everybody. Until that happens, I just don't see it as being really possible.

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