Becky Blomfield, Milk Teeth:
“We don’t tolerate it as a band, and we don’t want it at any of our shows. You have to be vigilant.”
“Sadly, I feel that sexism is very prevalent both in music and society itself. I have personally faced a number of incidences of sexism since being in Milk Teeth—some through gender-based misogyny, others through sexual harassment or inappropriate sexual conduct. To combat this, myself and the boys will always call it out when it happens. We don’t tolerate it as a band, and we don’t want it at any of our shows. You have to be vigilant. Education is the way forward, even if it means we have to take it back to stuff as basic as teaching people what is and isn’t acceptable behavior. You can’t fight sexism and sexual assault with violence—the person may get the shit kicked out of them, but they still won’t have a clearer understanding of why what they did was wrong.”
Jess Branney, Peaness:
“Perhaps we should be asking the bands and artists who don't think about gender inequalities and try to reach out to their audiences.”
“As a band, we're aware that these issues exist in the music industry, but we're fortunate to have not experienced anything more than the very occasional idiot asking for us to ‘sign his 7-inch Peaness,’ as in his copy of our 7-inch single.
“By having such an obviously controversial name, we make people question their opinions on gender both in and out of the music industry before even playing a note, which is very powerful. Maybe that's the reason we've not had many problems ourselves?
“As three female friends in a band, we often go around and around debating what is good and what is bad for feminism, how our band might impact that, and what we can do to help make the world a better place. Is asking bands who have female members about sexual assault sexist? I sure know we're a little tired of these type of questions, even if we do know how important it is to discuss this issue. Are the people who are going to read this article already feminists? Probably. Perhaps we should be asking the bands and artists who don't think about gender inequalities and try to reach out to their audiences.
“Does sexism exist in the music industry? Yes. Are we as people going in the right direction to reduce it? Yes. Does my personal taste and the music scenes I’m a fan of reflect my opinions of where we’re at with regards to this issue? Yes.”
Beth Curtis, As December Falls:
“It's true that I might not be able to move that amp, but give me a mic and I'll sing the roof off any venue!”
“My main experience with sexism has been of women doing the exact same job as men but not getting the same credit for it. I've experienced this while touring, when other bands have made comments stating that they think they're too good to be playing with a girl. I’ve also experienced inappropriate and belittling comments from staff and sound engineers—the kind of thing they would never dream of saying to a male musician. It's true that I might not be able to move that amp, but give me a mic and I'll sing the roof off any venue!”