Bjork Ends 2016 With a Hopeful Message Against Sexism in the Music Industry

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Bjork photographed on Oct. 27, 2016 in Montreal, Canada.

It sounds like experimental music icon Bjork had a great time DJing at Houston's Day for Night festival earlier this week. She had the chance to perform alongside some of her favorite acts, including Aphex Twin, Arca and Oneohtrix Point Never. DJing is a new hobby of the singer, songwriter and producer, and it gives her great joy -- but what she doesn't like about it is the media's take.

“Some media could not get their head around that I was not 'performing' and 'hiding' behind desks, and my male counterparts not,” the Icelandic artist states in a post to Facebook. “I think this is sexism, which at the end of this tumultuous year is something I'm not going to let slide.”

She speaks on the gender-driven double standard that seems to say women should focus their subject matter on love and matters of the heart, while men are free to explore subjects of science, politics and humor to greater critical acclaim.

“On the activist Volta I sang about pregnant suicide bombers and for the independence of Faroe Islands and Greenland, on the pedagogic Biophilia I sang about galaxies and atoms but it wasn't until Vulnicura where I shared a heartbreak I got full acceptance from the media,” she writes. “Men are allowed to go from subject to subject, do sci fi, period pieces, be slapstick and humorous, be music nerds getting lost in sculpting soundscapes but not women. If we don't cut our chest open and bleed about the men and children in our lives we are cheating our audience.”

Bjork closed her statements on a positive note, writing that she believes society is already in the midst of great change which will allow women the same respect and creative freedom men enjoy without any critical double standards or raised eyebrows. Read her full post below.

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