I’m a Hetero-Sexist Tragedy

Propagandhi-Less_Talk,_More_Rock-CDIn light of the recent rape-related posts at Bleeding Heart Libertarians by Sarah Skwire and Steve Horwitz, as well as the general surge in libertarian feminism – thanks to the likes of Jessica Flanigan, Cathy ReisenwitzSandra Sanchez, and others – I’ve decided to make it back-to-back Propagandhi posts in this space. And appropriately so, as Horwitz notes:

The fundamental problem of civilization is how to generate social coordination and cooperation in a world of anonymity.  We are not equipped by evolution to do this very easily.  In fact, our dispositions are to resist the constraints on our behavior such a world requires.

So in my longstanding tradition and spirit of being a pro-feminist punk rock anarchist, I once again offer up a tune from Propagandhi’s second full length album Less Talk, More Rock (released by Fat Wreck Chords in 1996), “Refusing To Be A Man”.

The song tells the tale of a man that recently came of age and is attempting to shake loose the indoctrination of institutionalized sexism. In fact, Propagandhi frontman Chris Hannah launches into a preamble about combating sexism prior to performing the song in December of 1997 (long before their popularity as a band really began to surge). Forgive the quality, it’s an old video, but a worthwhile message:

Here are the powerful lyrics with the album version below:

I’m not going to try to tell you that I’m different from all the rest
I’ve been subject to the same de-structure of desire and I’ve felt the same effects
I’m a hetero-sexist tragedy and potential rapists all are we

But don’t tell me this is natural, this is nurturing
There’s a difference between sexism and sexuality
I had different desires prior to my role-remodelling
And at six years of age you don’t challenge their claims
You become the same or withdraw from the game
And hang your head in shame

I think that’s exactly what I did
I tried to sever the connections between me and them
I fought against their further attempts to convince a kid that birthright can bestow
The power to yield the subordination of women and do you know
What patricentricity means? I found out just a couple of days ago
It means male values uber alles and hey whaddaya know…

Sex has been distorted and vilified
I’m scared of my attraction to body types
If everything desired is objectified
Maybe eroticism needs to be redefined
And I refuse to be a “man”

Image via Less Talk, More Rock

Classic Rock for Classical Liberals archive

  1. March 2, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Thanks for the neat post! So rare to see rock music, libertarianism, and pro-feminism integrated anywhere. I’m sure I’ll be excited to play the song.


    • March 2, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      Glad you enjoyed! Propagandhi is indeed a rare band. Check out their debut album, How To Clean Everything. It’s THE definitive radical secular market anarchist libertarian punk rawk album as far as I’m concerned. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!!


  2. March 2, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I love this music! Ill need to check more of it out. Thanks so much for linking me in this post!


    • March 2, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      I’m so glad you like it – and you’ve done well to deserve the mention and link, so thanks for doing what you do!! You’re site is actually on our Blogroll too. 🙂


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