Why I liked “Diet Cig” so much

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It's hard to be a punk while wearing a skirt from their song “tummy ache”

This sentence made so many things click for me.

In high school, I just wanted to attend a lot of punk rock concerts from local bands In Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. I remember a lot of my female friends will be "too pushy" or "annoying" for asking us (their male friends) to be at the concert first, or that we picked them up at their home and then go to the event.

I clearly remember being the idiot telling them shit like:

"it doesn't seem fair we have pick you up"
"it doesn't seem fair you always want us (male friends) to be there first before
showing up"

I’m a little sad to say that until now, that I’m in my thirties, just realized how much of an idiot I was. I was missing the context of them being girls in a Mexican city, of course they were not comfortable with other males they didn’t know. I didn’t know about the problems society had with them being high school girls dressing the way we "punks" dressed like, showing skin, skirts, jeans with holes, looking like we didn’t take a bath, among other things.

Anyways, this may not have a lot to do with what the song was about, but it really touched my heart.

Thanks Diet Cig!