I love rock music. A lot of it anyway. I love the Seventies and Eighties the most, and some of 90’s and 2000’s like Nickelback. It’s just great to sit (or lay back), chill out or be in deep thought while listenig to music.
But how does music (particularly rock music) relate to sexuality> Well me, personally, of course, not a great deal. I just heard it on the video above. Joan Jett made the comment that rock music, I’m guessing for her at least, was a form of sexual liberation for women, about ‘owning your sexuality” so to speak. Maybe she does have a point. When I first heard it,I thought, “what? I’m too busy bouncing off the walls when I listen to Suzi Quatro to think about that stuff”! However, I think she may have been on to something, but maybe a tad bit differently.
Rock music, from it’s origin in the mid 1950’s was a sign of the first evident major generational gap between the Baby Boomers and their parents. Ever since then, parents have protested and criticised the music a lot of their kids have listened to. There was a time, especially in the 1970’s, that rock music played a major role in the hippy movement and later the gay rights movements swamping much of the ’70’s. The androgyny of the glam rock movement, of both male and female artists challenged gender norms and in turn, gave LGBT a voice in society.
More on the pop side, the LGBT community have embraced disco (as can be heard on soundtracks like “Priscilla – Queen of the Desert), and since the 1980’s, the gay community have embraced the music of ABBA. For the LGBT community over the past 30 or so years, it was someithing to claim for themselves and create a commonality within their community while they were predomnately discriminated against by the rest of the world. Sor of like the generational gap reflected by different music since the 1950’s.
So, what does this mean to asexuals,or me personally? I kind of agree to some extent what Joan Jett was on about, but I believe it goes further. Music makes you think about what your take on the world is, It’s a form of self – expression, whether to do with sexuality, your interests, beliefs (religious and otherwise), and overall view of the world. Music, regardlesss of the genere, reflects teh complexity of the human race, both collectively and individually. Music exposes flaws, highlights injustices, but also creates a sense of self of individulas, especially for those who don’t fit the “norm”. It’s an identify tag that says “This represents a part of me. This is who I am. This is how I feel. This is where I fit in the world”. And, yes, for some people, a part of that is an individuals sexuality.