This means it is easier for bands that are similar to those bands already in the canon to be later included think Nirvana, Radiohead. Rock legend and frontwoman of The Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde, has recently been criticised for some fairly strong views on sexual assault. Hopefully we won't have to wait for another generation to pass before the sexism in the entertainment industry finally begins to look less structural and more like something else. Unsurprisingly, many have damned her opinion as victim-blaming and irresponsible. This happens so often that it feels like dudes meet in secret to work on a regimented series of tests they can use to determine whether or not we deserve to be here. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.
A few months prior, we reported on how Frank Carter has taken to at his shows to protect women from being groped. Recently however, because of the increased presence of social media and the continued rise of feminism, more musicians have been coming forward to speak out against problems like sexual harassment and misogyny, that previously were often brushed under the carpet, and castigating those who behave inappropriately. Social media allows for expressions of belief and support to be publicly performed in new ways. But what do the statistics reveal? Eventually I enrolled in bass guitar lessons, piano lessons and music theory classes. It's the courage of the songwriter that plays in our minds when we hear a song that moves us. How do we honor and respect them and not be that brave ourselves? I continued my music education by earning a piano performance minor in college.
There is sexism prevalent in so many industries, and it's heartbreaking that the music industry—a field that is meant to be all about equality and inclusion—is one of them. Since most of them already have access to the Internet, they already can promote themselves through social media, do tours and connect to better press outlets without having to promote anything other than their God-given talent if they chose to do so. The subordination of women that has rightly been mostly wiped out of the workplace and households over the years appears to still be at work in the music industry. And what can be done to make sure this inequality improves for at least the next generation of women in the industry? Artists are the people we get up and go to work for every day. I asked how we could change it.
Out of 100 artists only nine were women. Calling out a stranger at a show for touching someone up is important, but easy compared to holding fellow musicians or friends accountable for their shit. I won't allow myself to be oppressed. Do you think everybody should be afforded the same opportunities? Women are not just groupies. I hope the event makes a difference to those who attend, I hope it inspires women to pursue their music industry ambitions and achieve success. Prepare to answer which guitarist played on a specific record and what year he left the band. And do not, I repeat, do not share your own sexual fantasies with the world.
The more we go on like that, the more it will become normal, and l I believe one day the success and credibility of women will stop being questioned because of their gender. It's slowly becoming normal to come across women in this industry, and from my experience, the question of gender matters less and less. Because talking about sexism in media means that people must first see it as a problem. The media may spotlight a pretty female musician without any requests to do so, yet if that same musician should gain weight like Kelly Clarkson did, God help her. Most importantly, artists would be so self-assured of exposure that they could turn down media requests if they wanted to. Recently the Canadian-born experimental electro-pop artist took to her blog to discuss sexism in the music industry. So what is the music industry doing, and what could it be doing, to address the gender gap and sexism that exists? Female artists are often treated as no more than pretty cash cows, whose bodies and talents exist purely to be exploited for maximum commercial gain.
I can understand why this subject is up for debate, because it is a nuanced argument that will never be black and white, but for me the overarching concept is simple. Marina and the Diamonds, Solange Knowles, M. There's less emphasis on sexuality, but women like Taylor Jardine of the pop punk band We Are the In Crowd has had just as much difficulty being taken seriously. Because it is a conversation that never happens. In the music business of the early-mid nineties the men at the top were in their forties and fifties. Tear down every bastard that stands in your way.
If you're a woman in a band, keep going. It's simply a product that most of us consume during childhood. We are seeing man-in-band after man-in-band being outed online by survivors of abuse, and there are clear patterns in these survivors' accounts. We have to change the whole fucking culture of male entitlement in music, onstage as well as offstage. Of course the value systems of any industry are shaped from the top down.
Are women lacking the confidence to push themselves forward for these opportunities, or is sexism inherent behind the scenes in the music industry? Why is this still happening in 2017? Last year, electronic musician Grimes released a blog post under the headline , in which she outlined the gender imbalances she has been subject to during her time in music. The music industry shows a worrying and frankly stone-age gender imbalance, particularly at senior levels. They were strong, even though he was emaciated at the time. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Are men used in marketing as sex objects? Nor are men excluded from sexism by any stretch, from to roles that confine men solely as breadwinners and a family-court system that often denies the importance of men's parental role. I certainly don't have the answers. Because trends in media are really trends in our culture.
Meanwhile many male friends who entered the industry around the same time have moved into managerial and senior level roles. It was so frustrating — they should have shared the budget equally between us. And if they chose to pose for a calendar, they wouldn't do it out desperation for national coverage, but because they chose to add it to an already-full press portfolio. The scene made it into the 2015 movie of the book, the enraged executive brilliantly played by Rosanna Arquette. Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus.
Publications like wrote about her new music on the assumption the men behind were directing her sounds. There exists a long history of women musicians speaking out against sexism see, for instance, women punks or Riot Grrrl , although lasting, widespread change has proved elusive. That being said, I can understand why this discussion has become more of a talking point and that there are nuances to the argument that can often be left behind, instead focusing on the definition of terms rather than the real issue of inequality. Standards for beauty would instead embrace unique individuality, and people would express themselves through fashion and identity as they wished. And, naturally, I thought of writing that scene, in the restaurant in New York, a decade earlier.