Bow Down: Björk Puts Music Industry Sexism On Blast
"Eat your Bechdel test heart out."
Female artists have to put up with all kinds of BS, for example being asked inane questions like "Who are you wearing?" and "What's it like to be a female producer, DJ — (insert any typically male-dominated job here)?" on the regular. This kind of pigeonholing means that many female musicians don't go out of their way to bring up industry sexism, setting gender aside in order to focus on their identity as an artist.
As one of the greatest musicians of her generation, this is something Björk's had to deal with for her whole career. "As you know [for] the majority of my career I haven't moaned about sexism and just got on with it. But I'm feeling there is an enormous positive current in the sky, a flow with possible changes so I wanted to mention one thing," Björk wrote in a baller open letter shared on her Facebook today.
The letter opens in the most Björk way possible as she writes: "Dear little miss media!!!! Happy winter solstice!!!". Love you, bb. She continues by recounting an experience she had following a DJ set at a recent festival. Media outlets criticised Björk for hiding behind the DJ decks and failing to perform during the set, while her male counterparts were left unchastised. This made the artiste think about expectations placed on women in music more generally.
"Women in music are allowed to be singer-songwriters singing about their boyfriends. If they change the subject matter to atoms, galaxies, activism, nerdy math beat editing or anything else than being performers singing about their loved ones they get criticised," she wrote. Arguing that "we all deserve maximum changes in this revolutionary energy we are currently in the midst of". True facts.
Read her important letter in full below.