Misogyny in Music: House of Commons Call for Evidence
The Women and Equalities Committee is investigating misogyny in music. Submit by 17 July.
TW: SEXUAL ASSAULT, VIOLENCE & RAPE
The inquiry — which was opened back in June — was largely ignored by the media, but has gained traction over the past few days.
The House of Commons has opened an inquiry aiming to dismantle the dreadful sexism and violence against women that has engulfed the music industry.
In recent years, alongside the #MeToo movement, alongside the swift social justice weapon we know as ‘Cancel Culture’, more and more women have come forward with their stories regarding sexism or predatory behaviour in the music business.
Whether it’s unwanted touching, groping, manipulation or unsolicited sexual advances — the music industry (as a whole) has operated oblivious and unchallenged the sexist status quo.
“Music is a huge cornerstone of our culture,” said Caroline Nokes, the Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee. “We must question the effect that constant misogynistic references to women in lyrics has on society. We must also address the seemingly commonplace stories of sexist and unfair treatment of artists and professionals within the industry. Our inquiry looks to uncover the full extent of misogyny in music, its broader effects, and ask what we as lawmakers can do."
The House of Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee has outlined various topics they aim to undertake, which include:
What correlation exists, if any, between misogynistic lyrics and violence against women and girls?
What types of support exists for women experiencing sexism or misogyny in the music industry? How can they report problems or abuse?
How safe do women and girls feel at live music concerts and festivals?
What expectations are there on women working in the music industry compared to men?
What steps should the Government and other industry bodies take to tackle misogynistic and sexist attitudes towards women in music?
About two months ago, The Guardian published an article about the #MeToo movement and its inability to punish those responsible for their crimes in the music world. While it's baffling it has taken this long for a governing body to tackle sexism and abuse in the industry on a mass scale, many have voiced support for the Government's campaign. Many argue that it's awful that systemic abuse has to persist before those in power act upon music's misogyny problem: but it's a start.
It’s not just music: another sect of the Government’s inquest will also examine the sexism and violence against women in the educational sector. For more information, check out the following link.
Anyone can respond or cite evidence for the Misogyny in Music investigation. It’s vital those who have suffered at the hands of the music machine come forward and get their voices heard. The deadline for Government’s submissions is 17 July. Check out the full Call for Evidence here.
Let us know what you think, though. Do you think the government’s new plan to shake up misogyny in music will have a positive result? Sound off in the comment section!