Lauren Mayberry is the frontwoman for the Scottish band Chvrches. (Sadly, I can't tell you very much about Chvrches because the band makes music of the hipster bleep-bloop/singy-songy variety, and I avoid that shit like the plague. But enough about me.)
Anyway, Mayberry was becoming increasingly upset and angry in regards to the deluge of sexist, trollhard messages and criticism sent to her band via the Internet. Rather than ignore the commentary, Mayberry decided to address it head on by posting a screenshot of one particularly heinous direct message sent to the band's Facebook account.
Mayberry's response read as follows:
Please stop sending us emails like this.
This is one of the more polite ones. Other recent classics include "I'm going to give her anal" and "I'd fuck the accent right out of her and she'd love it". (No you wouldn't; no, she really wouldn't.)
As expected, her reasonable and, for all intents and purposes, polite response was met with a slew of equally offensive and downright sexist complaints. Tired of being told to "get over it," Mayberry decided to put her Masters in Journalism (aw yeah!) to good use and penned this moving op-ed for The Guardian.
"Is the casual objectification of women so commonplace that we should all just suck it up, roll over and accept defeat?" she asks. "I hope not. Objectification, whatever its form, is not something anyone should have to 'just deal with.'"
My opinion on Mayberry's music aside, it's nice to see a female musician involved in the "popular" indie scene tackle this issue head on. As someone who's pretty involved in the underground and DIY music movement here in LA, I've noticed that far too many female musicians are ready to accept (and even embrace) the stereotypes and misogyny that runs rampant in the scene. Hopefully Mayberry's words prompt other women to make their feelings known to their fanbases.