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

Categories: EDM

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Thanks for nothing.

By Kat Bein

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.

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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 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 have 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.

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 put a sticker on a woman's bare ass and had a million-dollar idea. 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. Shit is classic. 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 The idea that a woman has nothing but her sexuality to rely on as a moneymaker is disgusting, outdated and depressing.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-deprived moron.



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23 comments
PhD_Slut
PhD_Slut

Young hot people play with their sexuality and thats okay. Try it, its fun!

Your opinion is just very superficial, you´re judging people by their look and sexuality thats faschism, bitch!

By the way, i know guys who go to classical musik concerts to find girls to bang and that works XD

Kay Pea
Kay Pea

Thanks for introducing me to Major Lazer :)

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

LOL, people do what they want. Don't impose your values on others.

Jimmy McMinn
Jimmy McMinn

I'm going to start wearing affliction shirts, putting gel in my hair and fist bumping.... Oh wait wasn't that the EDM stereotype of 2 years ago???? GTL

Wallace Sara
Wallace Sara

Who cares! Why does the RFT waste it's time with this dribble;p I expect better substance than this;p Since when did the people who watch TMZ start working for the RFT;p Tell me there's someone still there that went to a real college and Wash U doesnt count lmfao

Rosalind Hagedorn
Rosalind Hagedorn

EDM is just going along with the mainstream stripper culture...they're just a bunch of tools who think they're being innovative.

Jonas Schmid
Jonas Schmid

All of the above described phenomena do only apply to the Re-americanized version of Rave culture. Why you guys always have to get naked? Spring Break, Halloween, EDM? I know why, because anything that involves naked girls sells better! So does EDM, but what's EDM? A term for people who are to ignorant to differentiate between, House, Techno, and Dubstep, because they were to busy listening to Creed during the past 12 years? No offense, but especially the Avicii Generation of Americans, do simply have no clue about partying in general and anything that can be associated with it. http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/rave-culture-a-handy-guide-for-middle-america

ssmith0911
ssmith0911

You do realize you are writing for Riverfront Times which is notorious for supporting and propagating the exact behavior you are referring to throughout your article?

That's like Playboy running an article about how people need to stop buying porn mags.

I'm not sure why u are attacking electronic music specifically when rap, country, rock and many other types have spread this exact imagine for years prior.

You just jumping on EDM because it's more popular now? Or bc hating on rave culture is the new thing to do?

Granted, there are still plenty of us old schoolers who go to events for the music and not for the drugs and all the kiddies dressed like whores out of a Lady Gaga video.

Timmy Gilsinn
Timmy Gilsinn

They should quit going over the top, dressing likes whores everywhere they go. Church, ball games,etc. Save it for the club! Just say this, would your grandmother dress like that? would you let your daughter dress like this?

Michael Beckman
Michael Beckman

Offended by shirts? Don't look. Let people express themselves. If a girl wants to dress in skimpy clothes let her doesn't mean she is a whore. She is having fun. People have to have an opnion. If it ain't hurting u then why do u care? This lady needs to go party and get the stick out of her ass.

Brian Edwards
Brian Edwards

I bet the people liking this are liking the picture of the asses and not the message of the piece. Overall EDM is a very positive crowd and a very positive message. Lol at the "watch some guy play his iPod" if you've ever been to a show you know there's much more to it.

Brian Bradley
Brian Bradley

There is what pop culture sees as EDM (the Vegas and festival circuits), and there are the weekly, monthly, and one-off parties (raves?) that have been going on for quite sometime without half-naked girls and dudes wearing fluorescent tank-tops that say "rage".

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