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For Laura Jane Grace, Punk Was A Form Of Armor

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  1. Melody Bot

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    Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! is on the latest episode of NPR’s Fresh Air podcast.

    It was a form of expression, in a way, that I couldn’t express myself how I wanted to otherwise. And it also served as a form of armor, because when you’re wearing a big leather jacket with spikes on it and you’re charging out your hair with Knox gelatin, I mean, you’re like, arming yourself. I got beat up a lot, so that was something to kind of hold onto.

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  2. therookielot

    Punk, Absolute Prestigious

    love this metaphor
  3. skogsraet

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    I feel this on a personal level. When I was a teenager I felt like, as a girl, I had to visually reaffirm my toughness to everyone so no one would think for a second I was weak and punk helped me do that without losing my femininity.
  4. Malatesta

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    i don't know how she feels about it because it was from before she came out and began transitioning, but knowing her story makes the I Was a Teenage Anarchist video so much better. AM!'s later material definitely resonates more with me, but this gives me chills every time i watch it, because of how fundamentally her identity and determination to fight for it tie into the group's anarchism angle.

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