Björk writes open letter addressing sexism in music media
Following her performance at Day For Night Festival in Houston.
Björk has posted a letter on Facebook addressing some of the critiques she read about her DJ sets at Day For Night Festival last weekend (December 16-18) in Houston: “As you know the majority of my career I haven’t moaned about sexism and just got on with it, but I’m feeling there is an enormous positive current in the sky, a flow with possible change.”
It continues: “Some media could not get their head around that I was not ‘performing’ and ‘hiding’ behind desks. And my male counterparts [were] not [getting the same criticisms]. And I think this is sexism.” She also notes, “I am aware of that it is less of a year since I started DJing publicly so this is something people are still getting used to and my fans have been incredibly welcoming to me sharing my musical journey and letting me be me.” But she points out that Arca, Aphex Twin and Oneohtrix Point Never do not receive the same accusations of “hiding.”
“Women in music are allowed to be singer-songwriters singing about their boyfriends. If they change the subject matter to atoms, galaxies, activism, nerdy math beat-editing or anything else than being performers singing about their loved ones, they get criticized,” she writes.
Read it all below or on her Facebook.