The Queer Punk Visions of J.D.s

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music book series (PSHSPM)


Canadian zine J.D.s is often credited with ‘inventing’ homo- or queercore, a queer punk movement emerging in the 1980s in critical altercation with punk and gay movements. By investigating the aesthetic strategies employed in the hard-core pin-ups—a photo/collage work that appeared in the publication’s first issue (1985)—this chapter will trace, how J.D.s contributed to challenging hegemonic representations and subject positions in punk. I argue that these strategies—bricolage, irony, and playing with the gaze—also work together to create queer utopian notions of punk collectivity and subjectivity. Classic concepts from (British) cultural studies analysing punk’s politics of style (e.g. Hall et al., 1975; Hebdige in Subculture: The meaning of style. Routledge, London, 1979) must be queered to read the hard-core pin-ups: by employing concepts from queer theory and feminist film theory.


Queercore Aesthetic strategies Cultural studies Queer utopia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Carl von Ossietzky University of OldenburgOldenburgGermany

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