Mayberry posted a lengthy statement on social media which you can read below.
The statement follows the band’s headlining performance at Edinburgh’s Summer Sessions on Sunday, Aug. 11. Mayberry posted a photo of her outfit that was taken prior to hitting the festival stage.
Last night, the CHVRCHES singer took to Twitter to pen a statement to “the people saying that [her] gig outfits are too revealing.”
You can read the full statement below.
“To the people saying that my gig outfits are too revealing / I shouldn’t dress like that if I don’t want men to comment on it: I disagree. This argument assumes women only dress for the attention of men. When I dress for shows, I want to own my gender and my femininity.
“I want my performance image to be inherently feminine and tough as fuck because that is how I want to pretend to be – to myself, and to the women and young girls who come to our gigs.
“I don’t need to pretend to be One Of The Lads because I am not one. How I dress is part of how I express myself creatively and how I want to communicate our message. It’s about trying not to be ashamed of your own gender and identity, even when people tell you that you should be; about not being scared into hiding yourself because of the actions of others.
“People have tried to weaponise my gender against me since the start of my career as a musician,” she wrote in its final section. “It happens now but it also happened when I was wearing baggy flannel shirts and jeans, because it’s not really about what a woman is wearing. It never is. It’s about claiming ownership of women’s bodies and women’s narratives.
“So I will continue dressing like a gothic Powerpuff Girl with Big Witch Energy and I hope that you’ll all do whatever your version of that is too,” she concluded. “Everyone else will just have to deal with it. My body, my life, my choice.”
— Lauren Mayberry (@laurenevemay) August 12, 2019
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