Electronic music as a mechanism for gender identification
Text: Ulrike Mayer

What is the significance of electronic sound for the dissolution of binary-code conceptions of gender? Can electronic music lead to a sustainable rewriting of gender hierarchies, or diminish identity-driven conceptions of music in media and fan representations for good?

Feminists received club culture with hope: anonymous bodies, authorless tracks, and faceless laptop performances could work to replace artist-subjects and the gender-biased cult of authenticity associated with Rock, they thought. Electro music entered the feminist imagination as the formulation of new free zones where biological ascription and gendered star-cults would disappear. Has electro music met those demands?

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