People having opinions about “Visual Kei” must have forgotten about the 70´s-80´s “Glam Rock, New Romance” and “New Wave” when the hairspray formed into a thick fog and mascara had a tendency to “disappear” from moms or girlfriends.
The 80´s “Sleeze Rock” also had its share of it.
Adam Ant (above) was/is my favorite!
David Bowie, Marc Bolan (T-Rex) and Hanoi Rocks, Mötley Crue….
Bands like Malice Mizer and Seremedy (below) are merely following a tradition as old as rock itself.
As a matter of fact, androgyny was even part of the 1920´s jazz scene……..so if it upsets you…..????
“It’s deplorable that sexually adventurous young women are constantly told they are “degrading themselves” by seeking out various experiences, that every bit of enjoyment eats away at some secret store of purity.
This whole tradition–the idea that women need be preserved in glass so as not to “ruin” themselves, lest they diminish their sexual value by “giving it away”–restricts the lived autonomy of women in ways I can’t even begin to articulate.
None of the slut-shaming makes sense unless you assume women live to give themselves to men in their purest possible form.”