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Seems to me that alot of guys just assume they are sposed to like metal, gals on the other hand seem to like it because they "aren't supposed to".  Both genders exhibit "wanna be's", normally given away by their "main stream" or "big act" t shirts and their overwhelming urge to "fit in" to what they assume to be a stereotypical group (metal heads).   When the truth is metal crosses all spectrums of types of people apart from genders.  Social class, goegraphical location, age, appearance, occupation and so forth mean nothing.  There is metal everywhere of all kinds for everyone to enjoy, and that is the true beauty of metal. 

With that being said, women being more emotional by nature are likely more moved or gripped by a given piece of metal.  They will listen to it alone, nobody would suspect alot of them to be "metal heads", and they listen for themselves.  Not to say there isn't lil sluts running around in bathory or darkthrone shirts who never dwelled past the mainstream act of the top listed acts in their "preferred" sub genre or metal 

Males on the other hand, more egotistical, and boisterous by nature.  Seem to hear it from a friend, buy the shirt, hang out with other "metalheads" and go on liking it cause it revs them up and it's what buddy likes, and it makes you "tuff" compared to the white kids liking rap and top 40 crap.  Alot I feel dont "feel" music as others may, they are just self branding them sorry selves.  Women being more "emotionally aware" I feel gives them an upper hand to understanding any music not just metal, better than us lowly simple males...

While this sector of music is male dominated, as I mentioned earlier metal is about breaking stereotypes, the norm, and unadherence to social pressures, gender or any other way of classifying a human means nothing.  All kinds of people all over love all kinds of metal, and it's a beautiful thing. 

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On 11/11/2017 at 9:17 PM, Somguyoveryonder said:

Both genders exhibit "wanna be's", normally given away by their "main stream" or "big act" t shirts and their overwhelming urge to "fit in"

Not to go off topic, and I see where you're coming from but I hope you're not suggesting that wearing a Metallica/Iron Maiden t-shirt (presuming by "big act" you're referring those kinds of bands) automatically flags you as a poser?  I wouldn't consider Iron Maiden to be any less of a genuine metal band just because of their popularity among people who are perhaps not typically metal-inclined (I won't comment on Metallica - personally I'm a fan but I know they're a subject of controversy in the wider metal community so I'll leave that can of worms unopened :wink:).

 

As for the topic at hand, I don't think metal in and of itself is necessarily any more chauvinistic than other scenes or sub-cultures.  The style comes across as masculine in nature but really it's all just on the surface.  It's the "image" that metal happens to project, not necessarily on purpose, just an unintended result of the themes it typically incorporates into the music.  It's not necessarily for better or for worse, it's just what metal is.  So maybe it's just natural that this appeals more to men than it does to women.  Any genuine male chauvinism that occurs in metal (groping women at gigs or whatever) is really down the attitudes of the individuals perpetrating it and is not a reflection of metal as a whole.  It's certainly not what metal is about.

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Spot on, across all genres of music, and in all walks of life, one may find chauvinism. Those perpetrating are individuals and their actions ought not reflect on the majority who carry themselves with dignity and respect.

 

As for the poser thing it's a stupid label. People like what they like and if it isn't hurting you then what should you care?

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