“In Defense of Disco” and “Discophobia: Antigay Prejudice and the 1979 Backlash Against Disco”

The 1979 backlash against disco because it was thought of as music for the gay culture was both interesting and also saddening to read. This also gave some really important background information for “In Defense of Disco” and why Dryer felt the need to defend the music genre. Dryer argues that disco is for both genders and that it expresses “eroticism” in the heart more than in the body. Rock, on the other hand, he claims is a more male-centric genre and “confines sexuality to the cock.” While I can see what he’s trying to argue for, talking about how disco is for both genders and therefore not a solely gay culture exclusive, I can also see how disco began to be seen as such.

Masculinity in America is still a powerful concept today and I can see how people became intimidated by the “gay culture” of disco. It was around the same time that the civil rights and woman’s rights were occurring and lots of whites were probably feeling intimidated by all this change. Frank comments that even though rock was initially for the youth culture, “rock audiences and performers continued to be overwhelmingly white, heterosexual, male, and suburban.” Because disco was more welcoming to both men, women, and people of color, I can see people becoming intimidated by what it represented and blaming it all on gay culture. When people feel threatened by change they often act out violently, hence the incredibly strong backlash.

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