April 24, 2013 10:23
Grimes hits out against sexism in music in lengthy blog post
"I don't want to be infantilised because I refuse to be sexualised" she writes
The Canadian electro-pop artist who is currently working on the follow up to her 2012 album 'Visions', has written about her experience as an artist and producer in a post titled ' I don’t want to have to compromise my morals in order to make a living'.
"I don't want my words to be taken out of context," it begins. "I don't want to be infantilized because I refuse to be sexualised. I don't want to be molested at shows or on the street by people who perceive me as an object that exists for their personal satisfaction. I don't want to live in a world where I'm gonna have to start employing body guards because this kind of behavior is so commonplace and accepted and I’m pissed that when I express concern over my own safety. It’s often ignored until people see firsthand what happens and then they apologize for not taking me seriously after the fact…"
She then goes on to write about the way female producers are perceived. "I’m tired of men who aren’t professional or even accomplished musicians continually offering to ‘help me out’ (without being asked), as if I did this by accident and I’m gonna flounder without them. Or as if the fact that I’m a woman makes me incapable of using technology. I have never seen this kind of thing happen to any of my male peers."
The post then turns to how she is "tired of being considered vapid for liking pop music or caring about fashion as if these things inherently lack substance or as if the things I enjoy somehow make me a lesser person," before adding that she is fed up with "being congratulated for being thin because I can more easily fit into sample sizes from the runway."
"I’m sad that it’s uncool or offensive to talk about environmental or human rights issues," she continues. "I’m tired of creeps on message boards discussing whether or not they’d "fuck" me. I’m tired of people harassing my dancers and treating them like they aren’t human beings. I’m sad that my desire to be treated as an equal and as a human being is interpreted as hatred of men, rather than a request to be included and respected." Read the post in full here.
Grimes, (real name Claire Boucher), said last week that she is currently "two-fifths done" on her new album, which is penciled for release later this year.
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