SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE MUSIC SCENE

As if being a woman in the regular world isn’t scary enough, trying to be a respectable woman in the music industry, particularly the indie scene, is exponentially more terrifying. This is not to say men don’t also deal with this same behavior. I’ve watched Lucero’s front man Ben Nichols be assaulted when a fan literally jumped on stage at the Magic Stick/Majestic in Detroit Michigan and tried to kiss him. He politely declined and pushed her away and she clung to him for a good 30 seconds to a minute while other members of the band tried to reason with her to get off the stage. She was clearly inebriated but what difference should that make?

The problem is so consistent it is constantly a trending topic. Women and men who are trying to play their hearts out or just soak in the mystical ache of their favorite artists are usually put in very uncomfortable, if not extremely hostile situations. It is the opposite of what you’d want to hear when you realize your favorite artist is involved.

It is odd to me that so many sexual assaults are musically charged. We all know that there are people of all kinds that use their talents to benefit them in many toxic ways, but the music scene has a way of allowing this to happen far too often. The indie band Speedy Ortiz took safety into their own hands and whipped up a safety text hotline for anyone afraid for their safety. 574-404-SAFE

For fans to use if they found themselves experiencing discrimination or abuse at their shows in a number of ways.

Lead lady: Sadie also states in an Alternative Press interview,

As a musician hired to play these events, I have some amount of privilege: a day-of-show contact; a backstage to retreat to after a frustrating encounter; the ear of security if someone is encroaching upon my safety. But I know what it’s like to be devoid of those resources.

Most women have reported being groped, knocked down, shirts ripped down, hands up their skirts, and cat called just to name a few. Women on stage have even reported fans trying to finger them. That is pretty extreme and quite frankly terrifying to think about. As a woman who both plays music and frequents shows, I’m no stranger to awkward circumstances however these cross a line that I thought, once upon a time, barely existed.

As musicians we put ourselves out there, we bare part of our souls, and the industry tends to sour that for some people because of those who do not respect the scene or their musical peers. These things need to be addressed, and I’m hoping that recent cases are making the conversation more common.

We as Beasts believe that we must all respect each other’s consent and space and sexual assault is never okay. As a feminist crew here we understand that the safety of women in the music scene is vital and something needs to be fought for. We will do anything we can to assure our artists and fans the utmost safety at all of our events.