Chvrches’ frontwoman Lauren Mayberry deserves an enthusiastic round of applause for her candid criticism of online misogyny. As we learned earlier this month when the band stopped by for a Live in The Lab session, Mayberry does not hesitate when voicing her opinion. “I don’t like confrontation” said Mayberry, “But if you make me do it, I will fight you.” The band takes pride in personally running their own social media accounts in order to better connect with their fans. But as Mayberry reveals, the Internet is full of appalling and aggressive people who constantly cross the line. With their inboxes being flooded with threats of violence and sexist messages, she has seen and read it all and has decided to stand against it.
Her editorial follows the same sentiment as other female artists, such as Grimes, who refuse to accept harassment and misogyny as acceptable behavior. Mayberry writes, “Why should I feel violated, uncomfortable and demeaned? Why should we all keep quiet?” and “Objectification, whatever its form, is not something anyone should have to “just deal with”.”
Wrapping up her beautifully written editorial, Mayberry hopes to spark a necessary discussion against sexism and misogyny as well as focus on their music and the future.
You can read the entire essay at The Guardian.
And be sure to re-watch the band’s amazing Live in the Lab set below as well as listen to their debut album The Bones of What You Believe.