Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry fights back against online rape threats

'These people never learn that violence against women is unacceptable,' Mayberry says

Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry has posted an example of the abusive messages she receives online, condemning those that send the messages.

Mayberry, who has previously written a blog post about online misogyny, took to Instagram to upload a screenshot of a graphic message she recently endured. See the post in question here and below.

The Scottish singer captioned the image with a message saying: “My band is lucky enough to have some of the most awesome, supportive and respectful fans in the world and we are so excited to be in the studio making an album to share with them.

“Yet, on a daily basis, we still receive communications like this. These people never learn that violence against women is unacceptable. But they also never learn that women will not be shamed and silenced and made to disappear. I am not going anywhere. So bring it on, motherfuckers. Let’s see who blinks first.”

Writing for The Guardian in September 2013, Mayberry detailed the offensive, “inappropriate” and “openly vile” comments written on the band’s social networking sites after she re-posted a message sent to the band in which she is propositioned. She then quotes a response, which read: “It’s just one of those things you’ll need to learn to deal with. If you’re easily offended, then maybe the music industry isn’t for you.”

Mayberry replied: “But why should women “deal” with this? I am incredibly lucky to be doing the job I am doing at the moment – and painfully aware of the fact that I would not be able to make music for a living without people on the internet caring about our band. But does that mean that I need to accept that it’s OK for people to make comments like this, because that’s how women in my position are spoken to?”

She added: “Objectification, whatever its form, is not something anyone should have to ‘just deal with’.” Mayberry explains that she reads all the messages which come through to the band, and earlier this year they managed to reduce her to tears.

She said: “During this past tour, I am embarrassed to admit that I have had more than one prolonged toilet cry and a ‘Come on, get a hold of yourself, you got this’ conversation with myself in a bathroom mirror when particularly exasperated and tired out. But then, after all the sniffling had ceased, I asked myself: ‘Why should I cry about this? Why should I feel violated, uncomfortable and demeaned? Why should we all keep quiet?'”

Mayberry wrote of her hope that her blog would “start a conversation” about how women in the music industry are seen and encourage people to “reject an acceptance of the status quo”. She concluded: “For us, this has always been – and hopefully will always be – about the music, and that is what we will be getting back to now.”

Chvrches released their debut album ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ in 2013. The band recently said that their second album is “coming along nicely”. A statement from the group read: “We’ve been busy in the studio in recent weeks working on our second album. The new songs are coming along very nicely and we can’t wait to share them with you.”

Speaking to NME earlier this year, band member Martin Doherty discussed their plans for the new LP, including the trio’s desire to make it “leaner” than ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’.

“I think we’ll use fewer instruments but ultimately try and do more with them,” Doherty said. “When you listen to a Michael Jackson song or a Prince song, you realise there’s absolutely nothing in it but an amazing bassline, drums and singing. We want to channel some of that.”
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