In a recent post, YEG Metal blogger Evan Davits shared a link to a video by Thrash Metal Band, Mortillery. Much to my surprise, the lead vocal is local singer, Cara McCutchen. The band also boasts a female guitarist. In my limited knowledge about any kind of Metal music – black, death, thrash, or otherwise – I thought that female lead vocals were far and few between. Apparently I was wrong. I investigated further and found an interview with McCutchen on Youtube. In the video the interviewer states that in the last ten years the amount of female metal vocalists has increased substantially but not so much in the thrash genre. The interviewer stated that McCutchen was one of only a few female thrash metal vocalists. He asked her what she thought of that, and her response was awesome. It is why I am blogging about the YEG Metal scene today. McCutchen had no response other than she had “never thought of it.” She never stopped to consider the fact that she was breaking gender barriers by being a lead vocal in a thrash metal band! This speaks volumes to the amount of progress that has been made in terms of equal representation for women in all areas of society. The fact that this never crossed her mind is evidence to the truth that women are no longer required to step back and consider the consequences of what they choose to do – they are just free to do it. A welder by day, McCutchen is obviously free to do what she wants in all aspects of her life. McCutchen’s choices exemplify the huge strides made toward expanding opportunities for women. However, what I think is the most important part of this is that McCutchen doesn’t even blink about it. Right on Cara, and here’s to YEG Metal! Thanks Evan for the great post and providing inspiration for my mine!
What do you think? Is the “gender barrier” being broken down in our society today? And if so, what kind of opportunities has this opened up for young women looking to start on a new career path?