Hey! I got some great reading material for your weekend.
History of Dance Music
*Actually pretty much all of the Popular musical styles originated in marginalized communities. I was inspired by someone asking a question on Tumblr on why Disco died. The answer is that Disco didn’t actually die, it simply went back underground, and morphed into something else.
*This is about the White male backlash against Disco. There are a number of reasons why there was such a backlash, but what I’ve noticed is that its a pattern that keeps repeating itself through US history. A marginalized community creates a musical style that becomes very popular, which is then followed by an urge to contain and control that music, by the preceding generation, when its adopted by their children.
*This article chronicles how the backlash against Disco was tied into homophobia and racism:
*This video by Sut Jhally, which lasts about an hour, discusses the misogyny of behind so many poplar musical styles, but pays particualr attention to Rock N Roll. Warning this is NSFW:
At the Movies
Sex and Gender
Articles on Gender and Sexual expression will always get a read from me. I just find the topic fascinating. Apparently, so do a lot of other people.
*An article about the “Berdache” gender among American Plains Natives Cultures:
*This one is about how much freer men were in the past, to express affection for one another. The most distracting thing in these photos for me was the smoking of cigars. I found the cigar smoking to be kinda weird. We hardly ever see that kind of thing now.
*I found this great article on Gender expression in other cultures throughout history:
And the obligatory Fandom Racism post: