Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves doesn’t take sexist antics quietly. This Syracuse hardcore band confronted some unexpected sexism at a recent show in Dallas, Texas while performing with several other female bands, including Potty Mouth, an all girl punk outfit. Surprisingly, or perhaps not, misogyny permeates even the hardcore sector of the music world. 

Case in point, the concert promoters produced a flyer for the show that prominently featured two topless women in bondage, without the knowledge or consent of Perfect Pussy or Potty Mouth. 

 

Frontwoman Graves wouldn’t let it stand and insisted that the flyers be removed. After this request failed to eliminate the pictures, Perfect Pussy played a raucous three-song set, ending abruptly to take care of the situation themselves. Graves took to the microphone to call out the blatant sexism to which women are constantly subjected, in both the music world and everyday life. According to the Dallas Observer, Graves vented that she was “not stoked...We shouldn't have to feel uncomfortable, just because you come to a hardcore show, you expect to see tits… As women, we're taken less seriously at the work we do because we work hard. When you see tits on a flyer you feel lonely, weird and isolated.”

Graves continued speaking about the connection between male entitlement and women's bodies and violence, as in the Isla Vista shootings, and how it is the root of most gender inequality. This disturbing sentiment was depicted on the show flyer in question - women strung up, stripped of control and completely objectified. Kudos to Graves for not letting this piece of misogyny slip by; it needs to be a topic of conversation in the hardcore community. 

Recently, I wrote a blog post about women exposing their nipples and how they should not be punished for it given the double standard in relation to male chests and nipples, which are rarely considered "sexual" or "dirty." The topless women on the flyer do not possess the same freedom of exposure, but rather face the hyper-sexualization and objectification of a woman's body, both of which have led to the stigmas surrounding the female nipple. Male-enforced female nudity and its oppressive nature, in this situation especially, made Graves and the other musicians understandably uncomfortable. The flyer was basically equating all women involved with the show to the illustrated ones in bondage - existing only to be controlled and on display.

 

Perfect Pussy’s early exit made a lasting point: misogyny and sexism are not to be tolerated, no matter where or in what form it takes place.

 

Images via Pitchfork, the Dallas Observer, Perfect Pussy's tumblr and Facebook

Tagged in: sexism, Punk, Potty Mouth, Perfect Pussy, misogyny, Meredith Graves, hardcore, Female Bands   

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