Lauren Mayberry has been confronting misogyny head-on since her band Chvrches first rose to prominence. In late 2013 she penned an op-ed for the Guardian about the sexist abuse she’d endured during her then-brief stint in the internet’s spotlight, and called for an end to this kind of behavior. By publicly taking a stand, Mayberry risked making herself even more of a target for this kind of online harassment, but her example is also inspiring to countless other women who deal with abusive, violent, and sexual threats.
Speaking of which, they’re still coming. The Chvrches singer posted another horrific comment on her Instagram last night, along with a lengthy caption refusing to stay silent in the face of this hatred:
Here’s what she wrote:
My band is lucky enough to have some of the most awesome, supportive and respectful fans in the world and we are so excited to be in the studio making an album to share with them. Yet, on a daily basis, we still receive communications like this. These people never learn that violence against women is unacceptable. But they also never learn that women will not be shamed and silenced and made to disappear. I am not going anywhere. So bring it on, motherfuckers. Let’s see who blinks first.
Her unflinching stance is one of the most graceful, brave things I’ve seen online in a while. My respect for her grows daily.