impose:

Derek Evers talked with Vivian Girls/The Babies frontwoman Cassie Ramone about her songwriting, women in music, and the media. Check out the interview here.

I’ve given this a lot of consideration as not only a critic, but a fan, because I’ve made it pretty clear over the past five years or so that Cassie Ramone is one of my favorite musicians around. And I think Cassie describes it perfectly here:

"I’ve thought about it a lot," Ramone admitted. "When it comes to women in music, its kind of a Madonna/whore complex. As a male spectator you either want some sort of goddess or some sort of revolutionary, riot grrrl style… powerful, feminist. And I don’t think I really fit into either of those, so maybe that’s where some of the hatred comes from?"

And then I think about it even deeper than just the bullshit indie-rock tropes sometimes, and is it also because she’s not “traditionally pretty” in a “cute punk musician” kind of way? Is it because she sings in a nasal bleat and not like Stevie Nicks? Is it because she a bunch of black tattoos peppering her arms instead of having her limbs elegantly draped in a multi-colored sleeve? Gender politics in the world of punk rock music— the one genre that’s supposed to see the aesthetic/image bullshit for exactly what it is— are so fucking stupid sometimes. And I think Cassie does what she can to challenge them a lot of the time, and she does simply by being herself. So aside from me loving her songs, I love that about her. 

impose:

Derek Evers talked with Vivian Girls/The Babies frontwoman Cassie Ramone about her songwriting, women in music, and the media. Check out the interview here.

I’ve given this a lot of consideration as not only a critic, but a fan, because I’ve made it pretty clear over the past five years or so that Cassie Ramone is one of my favorite musicians around. And I think Cassie describes it perfectly here:

"I’ve thought about it a lot," Ramone admitted. "When it comes to women in music, its kind of a Madonna/whore complex. As a male spectator you either want some sort of goddess or some sort of revolutionary, riot grrrl style… powerful, feminist. And I don’t think I really fit into either of those, so maybe that’s where some of the hatred comes from?"

And then I think about it even deeper than just the bullshit indie-rock tropes sometimes, and is it also because she’s not “traditionally pretty” in a “cute punk musician” kind of way? Is it because she sings in a nasal bleat and not like Stevie Nicks? Is it because she a bunch of black tattoos peppering her arms instead of having her limbs elegantly draped in a multi-colored sleeve? Gender politics in the world of punk rock music— the one genre that’s supposed to see the aesthetic/image bullshit for exactly what it is— are so fucking stupid sometimes. And I think Cassie does what she can to challenge them a lot of the time, and she does simply by being herself. So aside from me loving her songs, I love that about her. 

(via telepathicaffair)

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