Some time back we highlighted one of Heavy Metal's big issues: not being gay enough. It appears that, not only is Heavy Metal lacking gay-ness, you know what else it is missing: women. The self proclaimed "brash and freewheeling" news outlet Houston Press makes the... bold (?) statement that "in 2015 metal's derogatory lyrical content is only one of the problems that need to be addressed", continuing a long tradition of parents and establishment representatives being concerned about the twisted message that heavy metal brings forth.
Furthermore the author alarms that "if metal doesn’t change to reflect its more diverse audience, it could vanquish itself into irrelevancy", and thus very much hits the nail on the head regarding what should concern heavy metal artists and fans alike: inclusiveness (the topic of inclusiveness also happens to be very dear to ulbator). In the same paragraph, we learn that failing to be more inclusive would have devastating consequences for heavy metal: "Keep excluding women, and it will be a dead genre in 50 years — or an outdated, embarrassingly nostalgic subclass of musical racism and sexism." Because avant-gardeness, political progressiveness and "privilege" concerns must be no. 1 on heavy metal's priority list, right?
"this year's Rockstar Mayhem Festival hosted 13 bands", it turns out. But wow, just wow: "no female musicians were on the main stage". Oh dear, oh dear.
This is the second time that this image of Manowar appears on ulbator.com. Posting is it equal to deliver the end argument that kills all other arguments. Whenever someone wants to include more women in metal or make metal less "homophobic" or whatever, just show this picture of Manowar and that will be the end of the discussion.
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