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“Punk Fairytale”: Popular Music, Media, and the (Re)Production of Gender

Gender and the Media: Women’s Places

ISBN: 978-1-78754-330-0, eISBN: 978-1-78754-329-4

Publication date: 12 November 2018


This chapter examines women’s participation at the Portuguese punk scene, suggesting the use of fanzines as an alternative medium able to spread feminist narratives. Through the words and pictures of the Portuguese punk fanzines – X.cute, Modern Girl, Global Riot, Sisterly, Mulibu and Cuecas Quentes – we highlight the strength of the symbolic resistance of the Portuguese punk women. This approach allows us to show the existence of an imaginary structure of equality within an actual scenario of inequality and reproduction of society’s gendered structure. The theoretical discussion involves themes related to feminism, the punk movement (Guerra, 2013, 2017; Guerra & Silva, 2015; Guerra & Straw, 2017), the riot grrrl scene (McRobbie & Garber; 1987; McRobbie, 2000, 2009), and the universe of alternative media and fanzines (Guerra & Quintela, 2014, 2016; Triggs, 2006; Worley, 2015).




This research stems from the “Keep It Simple, Make It Fast!” Project (hereinafter KISMIF), coordinated by Paula Guerra and co-funded by national funds through the Foundation for Science and Technology and FEDER funds (through the COMPETE operational program), developed at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Porto, in partnership with the Griffith Center for Cultural Research of Griffith University (Australia) and the Universitat de Lleida (Spain). KISMIF also had the participation of the Faculties of Economy and Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto, the Faculty of Economics and the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra and the Municipal Libraries of Lisbon. For further details, check

We also thank CAPES (Brazil) and FCT (Portugal) for the financial support of the research project “Under Connected: Luso-Brazilian musical scenes on and offline”; and also to CAPES for the scholarship to Luiza Bittencourt.


Guerra, P., Bittencourt, L. and Gelain, G. (2018), "“Punk Fairytale”: Popular Music, Media, and the (Re)Production of Gender", Segal, M.T. and Demos, V. (Ed.) Gender and the Media: Women’s Places (Advances in Gender Research, Vol. 26), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 49-68.



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