Hello! I am in my final term at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, and I am writing an undergraduate thesis on women in the heavy metal subculture. My major is in Social and Behavioral Sciences, an interdisciplinary degree with an emphasis on sociology.
I am a longtime heavy metal fan, and a woman. As such, I am interested in what other female metalheads have to say about their experiences within this subculture. There is very little sociological research focusing on female metal fans - and most of what I could find has a decidedly negative slant to it.
Most of my project is well underway, but I could use a few more perspectives. If you are interested in helping out, please respond to me here, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will respond with my initial survey, consisting of some open-ended questions - should take about 30 minutes to complete. After receiving and reviewing your answers, I may contact you for further interviewing.
I will not include anyone's real name or any personally identifying information in my project. All names will be changed to ensure confidentiality. I am happy to answer any and all questions regarding my project and about my own experiences as a female metal enthusiast. I will give any interested participants a copy of the final paper, if they are interested.
Please keep in mind that a subculture is "a cultural subgroup differentiated by status, ethnic background, residence, religion, or other factors that functionally unify the group and act collectively on each member." (Thank you, answers.com!) I would add that subcultures are bound together by customs, norms, and values that may not be widely accepted by dominant society. So I am looking for women who define themselves, at least in significant part, as "metalheads." I am not seeking to prove any hypothesis; I am conducting qualitative research with the one goal of allowing the women of an oftentimes overlooked, criticized, and "un-trendy" community to be taken seriously while they talk about why they are what they are and do what they do. No assumptions. That is all. :) Thanks in advance.