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Re: “Playtime: 242 Main — Farewell to the Boy's Club

Needle in a haystack, here! I'll be playing today, filling in with my friends' band. They asked me in large part because they wanted females in hardcore/punk to be represented. (For the record, anyone who wanted a say in the lineup was welcome at the open meeting they held. All you had to do was show up.)

I wish you had talked to more women before you wrote this column so that it could have been more well-rounded. I started going to shows 20 years ago, and was heavily involved in the scene for 10. I played in bands, worked the door, and served on the advisory board and programming committee. I experienced more empowerment, freedom, and support at 242 Main than I did almost anywhere else in life. I felt safer there than walking down Church Street. I had negative experiences too, but they were always due to outsiders coming in to the community, and I was surrounded by men and women who were there to back me up with words and with fists.

Speaking of fists, when you speak of getting punched in the face, is it safe to assume that "being in the way of male agression" is code for "standing too close to the mosh pit?" Because if so, I vented plenty of female agression in the pit over the years and took and gave many hits and bruises. And when I fell in the pit, there was always a hand to pull me up and make sure I was okay.

I thank you for sharing this perspective; these are important voices to hear and issues to consider. But if you were going to talk about women's experiences at 242 Main, I wish you had included a larger sample group of women who were deeply involved in the community. Believe it or not, there were quite a lot of us, and I am not alone in feeling like this piece does not represent the full scope of our experience.

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Posted by Martha 1 on 12/03/2016 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Howard Dean Drops Bid for DNC Chairmanship

Howard decided to "step aside" when he realized he didn't have (and wasn't going to have) enough support to win.

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Posted by hofsterini on 12/03/2016 at 7:51 AM

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