When I first discovered Techno, there was a little bit of animosity towards dance music in general. I think that has to do with the perception of the Techno scene not so much as a “classical” subculture, but as a pure “party culture”, which was great. It was very focused on music; politics or fashion did have little to no relevance.
That’s one of the big distinctions between techno and this washed-out thing called minimal, prog or tech-house. Techno is punk. It’s hopeful, but not escapist; it’s youthful but not ageist, it’s groove, not BPM. It’s formal expression is repetition variously inspired.