Chvrches frontwoman Lauren Mayberry has written a blog post which expresses her frustration with online misogyny.
Writing for The Guardian, Mayberry details 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 adds: “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. “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 writes that she hopes her blog will “start a conversation” about how women in the music industry are seen and encourage people to “reject an acceptance of the status quo”. She sums up: “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.” Read the full post by clicking here.
Chvrches released their debut album ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ last week. The band will embark on a UK and European tour next year. The Scottish three-piece will play eight shows in the UK in March 2014, before going on to play dates in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.
Chvrches will play:
Dublin Academy (March 5, 2014)
Newcastle Academy (March 7)
Glasgow Barrowland (March 8)
Leeds Met Uni (March 9)
Birmingham Institute (March 10)
Cambridge Junction (March 12)
Cardiff Uni Solus (March 13)
London Forum (March 14)