Gyaru, Ganguro and the Western Gaze

Kinsella believes the root of ganguro-loathing exists in the racist underpinnings of Japanese society. She writes:

Commentary about the race, tribe, and skin color of girls, was sometimes entwined with a derogatory and pseudo-Darwinian commentary about dark-skinned girls, which implied that they were a kind of species or animal. Classified as dark-skinned primitives and animals, girls daring to wear black face and witch outfits sometimes became subject to a racist assault on their humanity.

While this may certainly have played a part in setting the parameters of the discussion, the girls deserve much more credit for having intentionally engineered the ganguro look to frighten off anyone not in gyaru circles. They may have unconsciously tapped into long-standing racial and skin color prejudices to settle on a darker skin, but their goal was extremity rather than racial reference itself.

David Marx, Néojaponisme

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Halloween in Summer: Ghastly Garden Party

Hey Fab Bats! No matter where you are situated on the globe and what the weather is, I have a plan devised for you. First, get ahold of any plot of land you can legally obtain – be it your own backyard or a friend’s front lawn – then, kidnap your squad and get to work. With a Halloween twist, use the occasion to celebrate the afterlife and possibly terrify your neighbors. Here are some ideas straight out of the crematorium…

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Friday Favorites: The Homicidal Homemaker

What could you ask for more than a gorgeous ghoul cooking all of your fav foods…horror edition. Yes, my Fab Bats, this is what we will be looking at today! The chilling world of Kaci, also known as “Martha Stewart of the Macabre”, who creates and bakes your favorite recipes with a terrifying twist. They’re easy to make, the instructions are clear, and every sketch is a hit. Here is the video I adore the most…

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Racism in the Goth Subculture: Response to an Elder Goth

Hey Fab Bats! Today I wanted to delve into a bit of the nit-grits of the goth subculture. Racism, whether within or outside of the scene will always be an issue. But, there are ways to minimize it. An elder goth on Youtube going by Gothic Soulflower addressed the problem. I would like to add in my two cents from the perspective of a younger (albeit fictional character) point of view as well as offer detailed advice for other members of the scene. All ethnicities, races, and backgrounds are welcome to the discussion!

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