Who needs feminism? The music industry does for starters. The launch of the brilliant new blog ‘Who Needs Feminism?’ Has sparked women to hold up pieces of paper to share why they need feminism. These sum up why we started this cause:
We need feminism because there is no such thing as ‘Blurred Lines’, no means no.
We need feminism because women should be treated as equals in music videos not play things.
We need feminism because women in music should be judged on their talent and not just their sex appeal.
A recent HuffPost blog entry by Steph Guthrie has shined a light on crappy things men say to women who play music. A post pocked by tens of contributions by female musicians on Twitter, Guthrie’s piece shows that sexism in the industry is still wide awake and teething.
The comments range from “Girl bassists are hot.” and ”Oh, you’re IN the band!” all the way to ”You must’ve dated at least half your band.”
For those who would like to suggest that women are not facing prejudice in the music biz, we’d like you to think again.
“You should specialize. People don’t like girls who do too much,” is a cringeworthy example of women being told they must be appealing as females in order to have a decent audience. If people like Sinead O’Connor, Amanda Palmer, Dolores from the Cranberries and countless other multitalented women can’t convince society that there is an enthusiastic following for women who DON’T “Just shut up, smile and sing, honey,” that’s a really big problem.
Steph Guthrie’s personal website contains so many more jewels dealing with feminism, music, politics and technology.
Do you think these comments are sexist? Are you offended by the lack of respect women receive in the music industry? Do you think we’re overreacting?