EDM Is Sexist: Why It Sucks to Be a Woman Who Raves

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Thanks for nothing.
As a self-respecting female with professional aspirations and a desire to be taken seriously as an individual, it's become increasingly difficult to identify with American electronic dance music culture without feeling kind of irresponsible.

Six or seven years ago, the playing field was pretty even. We went out to parties, we dressed as if David Bowie and Karen O had had a baby, we got drunk on whiskey, we danced, and we were never embarrassed by our surroundings.

But things have changed. What started out as fun, rowdy party tricks has been fully incorporated into the scene as sexist expectations. That which was once ironic parody has become a parody of itself. We no longer look around the dance floor and see a utopia of acceptance.

Yes, this party is sexist. Here's why.

See also: Guys, Predatory Dance Floor Boners Are Not OK

Bodies as Billboards
Sticker wars are one of the most enjoyable parts of the EDM game. It's exciting to be out in the world and find a sticker of a DJ-producer you enjoy, or a blog you read regularly, or even the sticker of a personal friend stuck onto a garbage can or a light pole or the side of a bar. It's like walking into an inside joke. But somewhere along the way, someone had a million dollar idea and put a sticker on a woman's bare ass. Suddenly, stickers as pasties became the latest thing every DJ needed on their FB profile. Now it's sadly more an expectation than a shocking sign of good times. We shouldn't have to remind every asshole we meet with a sticker not to put it on our tits without asking, but we do.

Face Down, Ass Up
Listen, Diplo. I'm glad you helped introduce the world to NOLA bounce, twerking, daggering and the like. You and Eric Wareheim definitely killed it with that "Pon De Floor" video. But now that Miley has completely murdered the neo-swing art form and turned it into modern, misunderstood exploitative garbage, we need to make it stop. News flash: Strippers aren't role models. The idea that a woman has nothing but her sexuality to rely on as a money maker is disgusting, outdated, and depressing. When executed properly, twerking and daggering are impressive, but when you're submitting pictures of yourself half-naked upside down on things just because everyone else is doing it, you're officially an attention-depraved moron.


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22 comments
mattspec
mattspec

For those of you who are looking for it.


TL:DR If you dress like a slut (anywhere in life) expect to be approached by many many men (mostly undesirables) don`t blame these men for being ``pigs`` after the fact, you asked for it.


Stay Classy Interwebz

mwells219
mwells219

Let's be honest, EDM is not at all the same thing as the underground rave culture that existed for decades.  EDM is the creatively bankrupt sellout form of electronic music for the kind of  meathead posers who would go to a show just to find drugged up girls to grope.  

kjpetillo8392
kjpetillo8392

I don't understand why some "feminists" feel the need to point out the faults in other women just to make themselves feel strong and composed. Just be proud of who YOU are, rather than shaming others. 

kherning
kherning

"Strippers aren't role models" - f u c k. y o u. I can't believe a woman writing an article about "sexism" would blatantly shame sex workers like that. 

Atomsk
Atomsk

EDM culture is 45% about drugs, 45% about fucking, and 10% about shitty music you need drugs to enjoy, and only listen to as a prelude to fucking. And you expected it to be Feminism? lol. Go listen to music that doesnt suck, problem solved.

ILPS9000
ILPS9000

I'm a bit late to this, but first, I have to repeat what jonathan,nyc said...

"This could have been written about Disco in 1978, except there were no bloggers then. Hate to sound like everyone's parent, but when the music is so shallow, what kind of a scene were you expecting?"

Kat, in case you never noticed, dancing has virtually always been related to sexuality. So when you have this kind of non-music (cause let's be honest, all EDM fans really care about is the beat), why are you surprised that sexuality will rear it's ugly side? And with the obvious increase in your Mileys and Britneys pretending they are being feminists with their body-baring antics, how can you not expect some men to take this as them being allowed to violate women?

Now, I'm NOT saying for one second that they should be excused for this, but again, when you're basically just partying in various states of undress (both men and women), and many are doing drugs, and all you hear is THUMP! THUMP! THUMP!, it is at all surprising that many just remove the "T's" and use that as their guide?

Neco Ortiz
Neco Ortiz

General rule of thumb: If you want people to 'shut up about slut shaming,' then maybe you should stop doing it. There's nothing wrong with being proud of your sexuality and your body, or expressing yourself/dressing differently. People can enjoy stripping, just like people can enjoy going to a show wearing what they want to for whatever reasons they may have. Feminism is about equality. Focusing solely on women for the the way they dress or act at an EDM show, saying that they deserve to be groped if they show their body is completely missing the point of the movement. EDM isn't sexist, this author is.

Neco_Ortiz
Neco_Ortiz

General rule of thumb: If you want people to 'shut up about slut shaming,' then maybe you should stop doing it. There's nothing wrong with being proud of your sexuality and your body, or expressing yourself/dressing differently. People can enjoy stripping, just like people can enjoy going to a show wearing what they want to for whatever reasons they may have.

Feminism is about equality. Focusing solely on women for the the way they dress or act at an EDM show, saying that they deserve to be groped if they show their body is completely missing the point of the movement. EDM isn't sexist, this author is.

Trent Steel
Trent Steel

Ridiculous. Like an ear without an earring, this author's sphincter is so tight it's completely closed up. Why don't you let people have fun being naturally sexy human beings and stop trying to brainwash them with your feminist/corporate agenda? Who needs a so called, ”real job?" You sound like you are 80. It is perfectly natural for humans to play with each other in a sexually driven, flirty manner. Loosen up.

Ryan MacBride
Ryan MacBride

Is that the cover of a new Warrant album? Nice.

C.j. Swarthout
C.j. Swarthout

Thought I might read a good article but nah, just some played out, self-righteous, fort year women's studies major, Hillary Clinton type feminism.

Ted Jackins
Ted Jackins

If you were truly self respecting you wouldn't listen to shitty techno.

Harrizon Waxzenberg
Harrizon Waxzenberg

It's so unfair to be labeled a slut just because you wear clothing that says you're a slut :(

zoomer
zoomer

i miss dancing...funny how EDM is  so not about dancing

benicorp
benicorp

Pop some mushrooms, dance your ass off and the assholes will magically disappear.

Benjamin Frank
Benjamin Frank

I can't believe someone wrote an article about raves. It sucks to be anyone who raves.

jonathan.nyc
jonathan.nyc topcommenter

This could have been written about Disco in 1978, except there were no bloggers then. 

Hate to sound like everyone's parent, but when the music is so shallow, what kind of a scene were you expecting?

mwells219
mwells219

@Atomsk I agree, let's bring back rave culture and some real funky house music and quash this middle america wanker sellout EDM crap.

jake
jake

@Benjamin Frank you've obviously never raved. 

epac666
epac666 topcommenter

Exactly...:-)

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