Lauren Mayberry, the lead singer of Chvrches (one our 40 Best New Bands of 2013) released a lengthy op-ed today in the Guardian about the rampant misogyny and sexually aggressive comments she has had to endure online. It was partially sparked by a Facebook photo the band posted last week of a harassing email they were sent, and a note asking for this to stop. That post in turn caused many comments which range from supportive to extremely awful. Her article is thoughtful and very much worth your time. She concludes with the quote below:
My hopes are that if anything good comes out of this, it will start a conversation, or continue the conversation which is already happening, encouraging others to reject an acceptance of the status quo, and that our band can continue to do what we are doing in our own way and on our own terms. 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 entire article here.