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January 02, 2009

Gothic Finland

Goottirock is Finnish for goth (rock). Potentially handy information should you find yourself in Finland.

Goth Sofi Oksanen, whose first book is called Stalinin lehmät, Stalin's Cows, lives in Helsinki. She brings new aspects to defining goths: "In my own gothness, I would stress the meaning of fetishism and feminism ."

From a young age, Oksanen has favoured purple and black, medieval conserts in addition to other music--and traditional goth aesthetics. She is equally attracted to PVC, seamed pantyhose and tattoos. To Oksanen, being a goth is fetishism which she implements in herself, and which fascinates in others.

She perceives gothism as a more feminine style and other genres of rock, and that is why she connects with it: "Goth aesthetics is appealing because it doesn't attempt to minimise the signs of women's femininity, and thus it doesn't conflict with my political conviction. Part of my own feminist manifesto was for years not to wear trousers. I focused on skirts and high heels as a protest against your society becoming overtly masculine."

You go, girl.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 2, 2009 02:05 AM