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Kurt Cobain in utero: My role model for being a Male Ally

Jeff Perera looks at one of his first male role models for speaking up against gender inequality: Kurt Cobain.

Jeff Perera looks at one of his first male role models for speaking up against gender inequality: Kurt Cobain.

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“Never met a wise man, if so it’s a woman” 
– Kurt Cobain , Territorial Pissings

In the midst of a 1991 audio swamp of conservative, manufactured pop music and ‘cock’ rock, a new sound shot out of the water. A sound that rose up from the Northwest, born of Riot Grrl feminist punk rock, and the broken home of a waitress and mechanic.

Nirvana was a return to music coming from a raw, primal and pure place. With songs like Negative Creep expressing his disdain, Kurt Cobain lived life as a middle finger to macho-jock culture.

One can only image his torment to end up performing in front of ravenous mosh-pits infected with the very jocks, jerks, macho creeps and toxic masculinity that his music rejected.

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‘In Utero’ is my favourite album of all-time…

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