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WTF is ‘Slut Rock’- Your Questions Answered Here

Q. ‘Slut Rock’? God, I go on holiday for two weeks and someone makes a whole new genre. What is it?

A. Slut Rock is a term coined by Butcher Babies, a five-piece heavy metal act who have former Playboy personalities Heidi Shepard and Carla Harvey as their all screaming, all headbanging and, most importantly, bare-breasted joint front women.

Q. They’ll catch a cold walking out like that.

A. I know but do they take a cardie with them just in case it gets chilly *shakes head*. Anyway, the girls came up with the term as a name for their highly sexualised stage act. They have alluded to feminist reasons for their duct taped boobs telling Revolver magazine: “When girls are perceived as sexual or outspoken, they get labelled sluts, but we embrace those qualities and bring them to our music.”

Q. So they’re feminists?

A. Well. It’s tricky….I mean…..feminism does challenge perceived notions of female sexuality…. ummm….no. NO.NO. They’re not feminists. The girls stick closely to what they’ve learnt from their previous job and that is sex sells. Well, that is that sex developed exclusively for the male gaze sells. This will be explained further later on.

Q. Oh ok. I look forward to it. So they’re at least pro-women?

A. It depends how pro-women you can be when your previous employer made a living out of the male gaze and the exploitation of the female body but also donated to the Roe v Wade cause. They’re as pro-women as you can be on that complex level.

Q. Okaaaaaaaaaaaay. So they just like getting their boobs out when the occasion calls?

A. Yes and I think that is the most important lesson we will all take from this twilight zone-esque blog post.

Q. Yeah it is getting weird. Well, getting your boobs out is definitely making a statement isn’t it. Vive la Revolution.

A. It depends how you get your boobs out.

Q. There are different ways to get your boobs out?

A. Yes, a variety in fact. Well a variety of ways to challenge perceived notions of beauty and female sexuality. Walk with me.

Q. No I’ll stay here thanks.

A. Fair enough. You see, Butcher Babies are not challenging anyone’s ideas of sexuality because they conform to the slim, large breasted, fake tanned idea of a beautiful, sexually attractive woman. Not only that but they are doing all of this in the heavy metal scene, a genre which has seen it’s fair share of exploitation of the female body for the male gaze. There are women who challenge sexuality and occasionally get their bits out every now and again. To name a few Peaches, Tribe 8 and Rockbitch. They all challenge perceptions of sexuality by rebelling against what was perceived as sexual and beautiful and they also make amaze beans music.

Q. So is their music any good?

A. Good point. The problem with getting the girls out every time you play a gig is that people rarely listen to the music and will more than likely tend to just stare at your boobies. After another listen I think there is potential. I don’t know much about metal but those girls can scream. Unfortunately they’ll be known on the interwebz for the slut rock dealy and then go back to where there were with crowds coming to see their hyper sexual outfits rather than their music.

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