Like most female musicians (and women on the internet in general), Lauren Mayberry, the lead singer of Chvrches, has had to confront a truly confounding amount of online misogyny — enough to provoke her to speak out against the violent messages she receives “on a daily basis,” according to her recent Instagram post.
Mayberry posted a screenshot of an Instagram comment that threatened rape, one of many she receives from “people who never learn that violence against women is unacceptable.”
The post was directed at these people who “also never learn that women will not be shamed and silenced and made to disappear.” To them, Mayberry says: “I am not going anywhere. So bring it on, motherf***ers. Let’s see who blinks first.”
Mayberry previously spoke out against online misogyny in a 2013 op-ed in The Guardian where she described the way she’s been treated, adding, “Women are spoken to like this every day, and not just those deemed to be in the public eye.”
See her original post below:
My band is lucky enough to have some of the most awesome, supportive and respectful fans in the world and we are so excited to be in the studio making an album to share with them. Yet, on a daily basis, we still receive communications like this. These people never learn that violence against women is unacceptable. But they also never learn that women will not be shamed and silenced and made to disappear. I am not going anywhere. So bring it on, motherfuckers. Let’s see who blinks first.