Bubblegum Girls Need Not Apply: Deviant Women the Punk Scene

Batt, Anna

Certain images surface when considering the history of the punk movement in the United States and England: The Ramones, Dead Kennedy’s, Sid Vicious and with him, the Sex Pistols. Punk is a subculture that prides itself on freedom of expression, and culminates in various art forms including music and fashion. Despite the movements’ unwritten policy of openness, women within the punk movement have experienced a complex record of rejection and abuse within the scene. Women who felt they did not have a place within society during their place and time looked to the punk scene for solace. In many cases, they were treated as deviants, and experienced disrespect or violence against them. This paper explores how a variety of female punk acts were seen as deviant, and how their philosophies and actions helped reshape the subculture itself. They themselves forged a place in history as some of the most influential leaders in punk, or within any subculture. This paper also interrogates the medias’ reaction to women in punk, and commercial efforts to commodify the attitudes and do-it-yourself nature of the punk scene.



Also Published In

On Our Terms: The Undergraduate Journal of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies

More About This Work

Academic Units
Athena Center for Leadership Studies
Center for Digital Research and Scholarship
Published Here
October 14, 2015