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“Punk is Caring”: Art, Music, and Embodiment in the Pacific Northwest Punk Scene Public Deposited

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  • In this paper I discuss an ethnographic research project on identity embodiment among transgender and gender nonconforming punks in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S., with focus on the relationship between transgender/gender nonconforming identity and affiliation to DIY punk communities. Trans punks create a unique, hybridized subculture-based identity embodiment that incorporates punk’s emphasis on non-conformity from dominant culture, gender-bending or androgynous aspects of punk fashion and aesthetic, and personal feelings of gender “weird”-ness. In exploring the relationships between art and embodiment, this study creates claims for the importance of involvement in the punk subculture for freedom of self-expression among transgender and gender nonconforming Pacific Northwest punks, and more broadly makes claims for the importance of creative expression in navigating and expressing marginalized identity.
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