Mm hmm yeah tell me more of your opinions. Glockabelle photo by Nate Dorr.
My mom was a drummer in a 90s girl band, which played everywhere from my hometown of Baltimore to CBGB to Woodstock ‘94 (I was five; I stayed with my grandparents and got the chicken pox. It was almost exactly like seeing Trent Reznor covered in mud). At one gig, two roadie dudes waited eagerly to meet the band’s drummer. “Where is he?” they asked. Instead of correcting them right away, my skinny blonde mother, set up the drum set as dudes looked on confused. They had just had it when she asked them to scamper down to Rite Aid to grab her a box of maxi pads. When she finally went on stage, their jaws dropped as they realized they’d been helping the drummer the whole time. (Also, pro Brokelyn tip from mom: maxi pads make great low-budget drum mufflers).
So this was back in the 90s; you may think women’s visibility in music has improved, but, no — even here in New York City, one of the most progressive cities in the world, women have to wade through the daily muck of harassment, especially as they’re first getting their start on stage. Hell, even Bjork and Solange have to wade through the bullshit, often not getting credit for their work the way a guy would. We rounded up a sampling of the best local (and people who play locally a lot) lady musicians to collect musings on trying, and failing, to be taken seriously as a musician and a woman.
Here’s some shit people have said to lady musicians, and what they had to say back. (more…)
1. Get a triple-word score at Freebird Books’ unique Books Beneath the Bridge evening, featuring an outdoor Scrabble competition on a 15-foot-square board. (Monday, FREE)
2. Be a part of the rhythm nation at Friends & Lovers with LIT: A Music & Reading Series, celebrating Janet Jackson in verse and song. (Monday, FREE)
3. Strike a blow to gender inequality at the Way Station, where women pay only 77% of their total bar tab all night long, since women earn only 77¢ for every dollar a man earns. (Tuesday, FREE) (more…)
Please don’t make us call upon our cat army. via Feminist Apparel
Catcalls are some bullshit. In addition to slandering cats, it should be pretty common sense that women (and unamused people of all unamused genders) aren’t into being yelled at from cars. Yet here we are, needing togive “how to be a person lessons” and remind slimy dudes out there that nope, sorry, street harassment still isn’t cool. The folks at Feminist Apparel launched a campaign for the most basic of this city’s citizenry this weekend by creating No Catcall Zones around with signs like the above one. (more…)
A hot topic preceding the Oscars before the real controversy of Neil Patrick Harris’ bad job as host overshadowed everything was the fact that Hollywood is white as hell. Just a bunch of whiteys giving each other awards, talking about how Selma couldn’t get award votes because the stars wore protest t-shirts and then when a Mexican director actually wins an award there’s a completely bizarre green card joke. HBO figures maybe they can fix this by getting more women and minorities into the movie business, so they’re looking for women and minorities for their intensive writing fellowship/TV development program. (more…)
We’ve previously covered the plight of women in these parts, at least when it comes to the feckless dudes they’re trying to date and the other dudes who are just awful, but this morning at least brings some good news. When it comes to the pay gap, the amount of money a woman earns compared to men, women in New York state have not only vaulted over it, but they’ve filled it in and are standing taller than dudes now. A new study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, shared by Glamour, contains the news that young women in New York make $1.02 to every $1 that men make. We welcome our new highly paid female overlords. (more…)
She’s leaving the mattress at home, this time. via The Columbia Spectator
Sexual assault and rape on college campuses, and college administrations’ response to it, is about as hot-button an issue as there is at the moment. Among those keeping the conversation going is Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz, who is very literally dragging her experience into the open, by carrying a mattress around campus until her alleged rapist is expelled. It’s part of a performance art piece for her senior thesis that she’s calling “Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight).”
We haven’t talked about street harassment here for a little while, but hey let’s do that now, since here a brand new video of a woman who committed the crime of walking down the street in pants and got hours and hours of people hollering at her. If you have things that we humans call “empathy” or “a working brain,” we’d suggest not reading the comments, since they’re the same depressing mix of people saying she’s just being complimented and calling her conceited. If you want to piss them off, throw the Hollaback Project some cash, and if you’re a woman who’s always dealing with catcalling, here are some tips for combatting it from someone who grew up here dealing with it. (more…)
What’s truly rude is that Philly beat us to it. Photo by Meghan Stephens
We don’t know what it is about dudes and their professed need to sit with legs spread so wide they start taking up two seats at a time on the subway. Yet it happens so often that Saving Room For Cats never seems to run out of material, and amNewYork did an entire report on the shithead behavior. Newsflash: Your balls? Not that big. Yet while we persist in thinking Tumblrs and outraged commuters interviewed in newspapers will make a change, it turns out that Philadelphia is just going with the pure public shaming route, with the above signs plastered on their trolley system. If these PSAs are good enough for Philadelphia, they’re certainly good enough for New York City. (more…)
New York City’s tech scene, basically. via Facebook
New York City’s tech scene is really booming, or so we’ve been led to believe, what with the coining of the phrase “Silicon Alley” and the whole Brooklyn Tech Triangle thing. Which is good we guess in the sense that it brings jobs, but it looks like it also brings some of the bad parts about the meritocracy that is tech, like the fact that it’s mostly a bunch of dudes in the boardroom yelling “DISRUPT” into their Google Glass or whatever. In fact, New Yorker’s tech scene is so good at excluding women in the boardroom that we lead the nation in it, with just 38% of NYC tech companies having a female executive on their board. (more…)