Faculty of Arts


Gender, Sexuality and Popular Music


Gender and sex related issues in relation to popular music: from "girl power" to boy bands; from outwardly gay and lesbian artists to the gay appropriation of heterosexual female divas, from the camp masculinity of heavy metal to lesbian rock and riot grrls, from women-hating gangster-rappers to powerful women in the recording industry. The ways in which gender and sexual identities are both reflected in and modified by mainstream popular musics will be explored.

Course outcomes

At the completion of the course students are expected to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of queer theory and feminist theory
  • Be able to apply theoretical perspectives to various genre and historical periods of popular music
  • Be familiar with some of the key research and academic writings on feminism and queer theory
  • Demonstrate skills in reading, note-taking, critical thinking and writing at the appropriate level

Purposes of the course are to:

  • Introduce the studying of popular music from feminist theory and queer theory perspectives
  • Communicate research-based understandings of popular music and gender
  • Approach the significant body of academic writing on popular musics and gender/sexuality
  • Enhance students’ understandings of popular music and stimulate interest in the field of study


Coursework + exam

Availability 2021

Not taught in 2021


Coordinator(s) Dr Kirsten Zemke


Coursework + exam


ANTHRO 357: 15.0 points


30 points at Stage II



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