Monday, Aug 01, 2016
By Paige Silveria
"What do you think is the enduring legacy of punk culture on sexuality?
It was the gateway to making things more progressive. It created an open dialogue. I don't think young people today are shocked by gender issues and stuff like that. People can be more secure. The terrible way that it was when you would be victimized for being gay, hopefully it's now a thing of the past. Punk was sort of the first culture to embrace different ideas about sexuality. Previously, there was the 60s' sexual liberation, but that was pretty heterosexual. It wasn't until the advent of punk that things started being a bit more diverse. That developed into queer culture and introduced that S&M element in the UK and the States. And women were also more empowered. I really wanted to start investigating this advent. That's how this project grew and became this monumental tome."