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CHVRCHES' Lauren Mayberry Talks Online Misogyny In Op-Ed
Singer admits messages on her band's Facebook page have brought her to tears
Lauren Mayberry's vocals drive the music of CHVRCHES, whose debut album "The Bones of What You Believe" contains some of the best pop music you'll hear this year. But Mayberry is also turning out to be one of the most socially conscious voices in music right now, even if her band is just beginning to be heard on a larger scale. In a revealing op-ed for The Guardian, Mayberry details the misogyny she's subjected to on a daily basis in maintaining the band's social media accounts.
"I am in a band that was born on the internet," she admits. Mayberry deeply appreciates her online fanbase, enough to read every message that comes to CHVRCHES' official Facebook page. That's where the trouble starts. All too often, male fans have insisted on making lewd, offensive remarks, which Mayberry admits have brought her to tears on more than one occasion. She included this screen grab and the following samples to illustrate her point:
"This isn't rape culture. You'll know rape culture when I'm raping you, bitch"
"I have your address and I will come round to your house and give u anal and you will love it you twat lol"
"Act like a slut, getting treated like a sluy [sic]"
"It's just one of those things you'll need to learn to deal with. If you're easily offended, then maybe the music industry isn't for you"
Mayberry goes on to make points about the double standards women face in music today. "My hopes are that if anything good comes out of this, it will start a conversation," she says. "…Encouraging others to reject an acceptance of the status quo, and that our band can continue to do what we are doing in our own way and on our own terms."
It should come as no surprise that, aside from being a musician, Mayberry is an accomplished writer. She has a master's degree in journalism and in 2010, won the Journalism Award of the Journal of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland for a story on the hygiene of body piercing. She also briefly pursued a career in music journalism.