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Bjork has called out sexism in a scathing open letter to the music media

Björk has written a scathing open letter addressed to the music media, calling out its sexism and telling her critics to “eat your Bechdel test heart out.”

The Icelandic artist performed two DJ sets at the Houston Day For Night festival over the weekend, and apparently some weren’t exactly impressed with her performances, claiming she was not really “performing” and that she was “hiding behind desks”. In response, Björk penned an open letter on her Facebook page. 

She first thanked her fans for their support, and admitted that as she has only been DJing for a year, it is something that her fans and critics are still getting used to.

“Women in music are allowed to be singer songwriters singing about their boyfriends,” she wrote. “If they change the subject matter to atoms, galaxies, activism, nerdy math beat editing or anything else than being performers singing about their loved ones they get criticised; journalists feel there is just something missing…as if our only lingo is emo…”

She used her previous albums Volta and Biophilia as examples, writing that because they were addressing “subjects females usually write about” the albums weren’t embraced by the media, and that it was only when she released  2015’s Vulnicura – “where I shared heartbreak” – that she got “full acceptance from the media”.

“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.”

She ended on a positive note, writing that change is in the air. “Let’s make 2017 the year where we fully make the transformation!!! The right to variety for all the girls out there!!!”

Read the full post below.

Header image via Björk Facebook