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

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Party With Sluts
We've all seen this guy. He's some fratty beefcake with an obnoxious drug habit and zero originality, and he's got a really offensive shirt on. It says "Party with Sluts" -- or something about drugs and vaginas -- it's brighter than the sun, and it glows in the dark. But here's the thing: Um, he's talking about you. Yes, girl who is so sure she's not a dehumanized sexual caricature, but still shows up naked to shake her ass upside down and put stickers on her tits and pretend Champagne is bubbly cum on film because "it's the culture." Much like a Dali painting, if we step back far enough and look at the whole picture, this shit takes on a totally different meaning.

Shut Up About Slut Shaming Already
All the time people tell us "it's totally not cool to slut shame." But you know what's even less cool? The fact that women have been brainwashed to think empowerment is being Britney Spears circa 2007. Excuse me, but what the hell? Feminism is about being able to be yourself. If your true self is being half-naked, drunk and proud of it, by all means, do you, boo. But our true self is trying to be a respected professional, and sadly, it's an uphill battle. It doesn't help when everyone around you plays into sexist stereotypes, or is afraid to say, "Hey, this is awkward as hell. I'm uncomfortable with the way you perceive me." Sometimes we do speak up, and people be like, "Sorry, it's just the way it is," or "You're slut shaming" or "You're just being overly-sensitive," and that's also a problem.

It's not cool to expect women to be and/or act like ratchet prostitutes, and it's not cool for youth culture to demean and debase women without also representing them as powerful, capable, talented individuals. Sure, not everyone is a sexist asshole, but the big picture is looking bleak. Until we live in a world where men respect us as equals, we have a responsibility to remind them. We have a responsibility to respect ourselves.

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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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