Lady Gaga has spoken about women and the music industry, emphasizing the gender bias she feels exists in music.
Gaga was talking after picking up her Woman of the Year Award at Billboard’s Women In Music 2015 event last week. Billboard revealed the full content of the singer’s speech via their website yesterday (December 18).
It has already been revealed that Gaga called the industry ‘a fucking boys’ club’ in the speech, but the full script reveals some further context. She says:
“What I really want to say is that it is really hard sometimes for women in music. It’s like a fuckin’ boys club that we just can’t get into. Sorry, grandma. But yeah, I tried for so long. I tried for so long. I just really wanted to be taken seriously as a musician for my intelligence more than my body ever in this business. To be here today means that I’m recognized for my songwriting and for my legacy, which means a lot because you don’t always feel like – when you’re working – that people believe that you have a musical background, that you understand what you’re doing because you’re female.
“And that’s why tonight is so important. Because women provide a wisdom to music that is very unique and special. It is a perspective that no other person can have because we bear life, and we go through things that no one goes through. And more importantly because it’s right, because we’re all equal.”
She also thanks her family for their support in making her music, and emphasizes the importance of family in creating musicians:
“Support your children in making music. If they have a creative instinct, don’t ask them to deny it, because it will make them so sad and depressed. It’s part of your life destiny if you’re born with that gene. I am so grateful to my parents that they didn’t deny me my right to express myself at a young age – thank you.”
Gaga has also been speaking about the impact being raped by a producer during her late teenage years had on her recently, saying:
“I didn’t tell anyone for, I think, seven years. I didn’t know how to think about it. I didn’t know how to accept it. I didn’t know how not to blame myself, or think it was my fault. It was something that really changed my life. It changed who I was completely.”
“When you go through a trauma like that, it doesn’t just have the immediate physical ramifications on you,” Gaga continued. “For many people it is almost like trauma. When you re-experience it throughout the years after it, it can trigger patterns in your body of physical distress, so a lot of people suffer from not only mental and emotional pain, but also physical pain of being abused, raped, or traumatized in some type of way.”