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'GIRLS TALK' Amy Farrer

'Girls Talk' is a project exploring the treatment of women in the music industry and the rise of sexual assault and sexual harassment in these environments. This body of work looks at the personal experiences and opinions of individuals. Through my portraiture I want to reflect the fear that the night instils on women regarding their safety.

The name 'Girls Talk' derives from Chroma's new single of the same name and title and reflects the content of this project; a collection of stories from women in the music scene who have come forward to reveal the struggles of working in a male-dominated industry.

Whilst photographing the women for 'Girls Talk', it became apparent very quickly that street harassment is epidemic, especially at night. When shooting this project it was the norm to receive some form of unwanted comments or attention from men when we were minding our own business. "Hey babe, can you take a picture of me?" or jumping in front of the camera. It is occurrences like this that make women so wary of their surroundings when alone in these environments.

13/13 participants reported being touched, groped or sexually harassed in music environments

5/13 participants reported being conscious of their clothing choices due to unwanted sexual attention

4/13 participants reported being raped

Vocalist in South Wales based rock band, Chroma

katie

"From my personal experience outside of gigs and from being young and things have happened I didn’t necessarily want it to happen, I felt forced into situations and it's something that you carry with you for a long time. Particularly when it comes to relationships then which are normal, as I’ve found I’ve been scared of a lot of things. But it’s something that you battle with a lot and it makes you a stronger person but at the end of the day, that person is unknowingly taking away an innocence or something that I should be really secure with but I’m not anymore."

"I think these days people will always blame women because they’re drunk, or they’re intoxicated, or she was flirting with me, but is she actually flirting with you or is it actually that you’re trying it on with someone who is really vulnerable basically."

'Girls Talk' single release party
"I wrote Girls Talk last year following a sting of incidents that made me feel belittled and fragile as a woman. If it hadn’t been for the support of my amazing girl gang I don’t know what I would have done. We wanted the video to celebrate this."

KATIE

There are three of us in the band. Myself, Zac and Bev. We have always shared the song writing equally. Although Girls Talk is about female oppression, Zac and Bev are as much of a part of the song as myself. I am really grateful to be in a band with two guys who get it."

KATIE

"When Katie joined the band we didn’t really think about it but being in a safe equal space is something essential that we’ve learnt. It was a coincidence that we became a three piece, but once we were in a room together it just made sense."

ZAC

"The thing I love about 'Girls Talk' is Katie’s mission statement that’s bulleted at the top every time we play it. It’s eye-opening to see how many people register her terms, and how that seedy behaviour could continue without a bold voice."

BEV

Safe Gigs For Women Fundraiser Gig @ Gwidhw, Cardiff

"Zac had taken his top off and he does it at every single gig without a fail: he’s really comfortable in his body. At the time, I was wearing this velvet top and was really fucking hot so I was like you know what I’ll take it off and I felt absolutely liberated but it’s just my tits you know. If I see a bloke in a band take their top off and there’s a bit of a mosh pit I’ll do the same thing, particularly if I’ve got a good bra on."

"Girls Talk is all about having your voice ignored for whatever reason, sometimes I’m conscious of what I say. By default, a lot of people are more dominant characters but it does come down to personality a lot more than gender, I think that’s something to really think about. It’s not a case of men or women, its purely the personality of the person who’s doing that. We wanted to incorporate the gender element into it because I’m a woman and I wanted to really celebrate that and I want other girls or women to listen to it and celebrate the fact that they are women. Because feminism is really important and its changing now. Before it would be you’d have to be in a good job and climbing the ladder and trying to be that person but now its more of accepting women as they are really in whatever they want to do."
Singer / Songwriter

asha

“I’ve had abuse in my general life outside the music industry but the guy was a musician and my partner at the time. He used to brag about his accomplishments in music and say ‘you’re good but you’ll never be my level’. Part of it was making me feel smaller than what I was. So anything I was doing in music he would be fake supportive and that is the only man in the music industry that has ever dragged me down. He’s someone who thought he’d do way better than me and yet I’ve surpassed many of his expectations already. It was a small part of what was a really abusive situation. I got some good songs out of it though – it’s what took me on my empowering journey. I do think that I get over things a lot faster if I write about them. I just have a way of coping with my emotions and it happens to be by doing something I absolutely love.”

"I’ve always had male band members, male tutors etc, but I’ve also been incredibly lucky cause I’ve learnt that in the music industry there is a very small percentage of women who are in anything, especially songwriters. I learnt that statistic when I was in uni and it was a man teaching it to me and he was like 'We’re here to change that' and he was really incredible with it."

"I hadn’t realised that as growing up I’d always had female teachers and female influences in my music. But I was really lucky cause I always had mentors growing up, people that just kinda said 'Hey you’re a good singer kid, I’ll show you what to do.' and it was women and that’s kind of how I got to where I am, because of what they did for me."

Senior Representative for Girls Against

AZZANNE

"I’ve been a representative for Girls Against for 3 years now. When I was younger, I literally felt like these instances were just normal behaviour, so that’s why Girls Against is so important to me because its taught me that its not okay. We’re working on a partnership at the moment which will see security guards at venues being trained specifically in sexual harassment. I think that security guards are so focused on drugs and drinking that the issue is pushed aside. I feel sexual harassment at gigs is a reflection of a bigger problem in society, where men are brought up to think it’s okay to act a certain way but that’s also sexism within the music industry. A gig is like a microcosm of the bigger issue in the music industry which is then a microcosm of the world or society."

Girls Against is a campaign fighting against sexual harassment and sexual assault in the live music community.

"Key change, lead by PRS foundation, is a great organisation that is helping encourage women into the music industry. They make sure that these women are representing a range of ethnic background and cultures, which is great because despite more and more female artists emerging, often this is still quite monolithic and represents just one kind of woman. So this inter-sectional approach is really important. I don’t think you can really call yourself a feminist unless you are supporting all types of women."

Keychange is an international campaign which invests in emerging female talent whilst encouraging festivals to sign up to a 50:50 gender balance pledge by 2022.
"I am not my body I am somebody"

dream wife

"In the UK we've been collaborating with an organisation that's all volunteers called Girls Against which started out as a bunch of friends in college that wanted to make a change. They turn up to venues, talk to the venue staff, talk to the artists, talk to the security, and put up posters everywhere addressing that this is a safe space and everyone is welcome here. It's informing everyone what the procedures are if something does happen." - Dream Wife vocalist, Rakel Mjoll

"You were a cute girl standing back stage, it was bound to happen. You had a smile across your face, it was bound to happen. What you wore and how you bore it so well, what did you expect to happen?"

"'Somebody' explores the idea of female sexuality a step further and places it implicitly with the individual. Existence in a female body is not consent; makeup is not consent; clothing is not consent; making out with someone is not (necessarily) consent. 'Somebody' is a response to the outpouring of pain, strength and solidarity during The Slut Walk in Reykjavik summer before last, the need for this dialogue globally was enforced during the resurfacing of the #metoo campaign last October. 'Somebody' is a call for solidarity and for changes in the fabric of our society."

Bi-lingual electronic artist of R & B from Merthyr, South Wales.

EADYTH

"I’ve had experiences of mistreatment being a female producer, as you don’t see that many around. People say ‘oh you make music do you?’ and things like that so it can be hard you know. My opinion on the issue is that it needs to grow more, everything that’s going on at the moment needs to carry on growing and continue being recognised as men and women being equal, as well as non-binary and gender neutral people – everything needs to be neutral."

"I’ve been a part of the Welsh music scene since…I think I was about 14 when I started writing songs and getting gigs and things like that, so my profile has been building and obviously I think at the start it was a very male dominated scene. There was a lot of male bands and male producers and writers, and I’ve always kind of seen a lot of male producers when I’ve been going to sessions which is kind of difficult at times."

In a 2017 survey, 62% of the women interviewed who work in male-dominated industries in the United States reported that sexual harassment is a problem in their industry, compared to 46% of women working in female dominated industries.
Vocalist of Cardiff based alternative/indie rock band, Charlie Says.

ALCIE

“Sometimes you know you are getting attention for the wrong reason, but sometimes I feel like if they don’t mention your physique but they mention your voice or the overall experience, you’ve kind of gained points somehow. I often feel like I can’t dress exactly the way I want to, as I like to dress up and change character depending on the gig. I get worried people think I’m dressing for the sexual attraction.”

"I never thought of the term ‘female fronted’ as us [Charlie Says] or I never identified as it till we were described as it. But because we’re just a bunch of girls and gals, people, we don’t think of it. We’re kind of more like a message of empowerment for everyone I guess, and we want everyone to have a good time. Some of our songs are sad, some are happy – we just want you to know our feelings."

Pop / R&B artist from Cardiff

MARGED

“I was raped five years ago at a music venue. I was really lost for a long period of my life and I didn’t write any music for about two years. But then I wrote my first E.P, Radial Softness, which is about finding the sexual liberation again within being a woman. It was just to do with growing and understanding my body again but in a different way, so writing songs about demanding that I’m getting pleasure because my body isn’t a commodity for anyone else to just bang. Within the process of dealing with it, I got into drink and drugs and that’s what my second E.P, You Are Not a God, is about but it all stems from this one experience, where someone had taken a part of my freedom."

"Men are scared to cry but women are scared to die."

"Hey I'm a survivor of sexual assault and rape. It's coming up to 5 years since my assault and up to a year since I released my first E.P. Radical Softness about falling in love with my sexuality and body again after my trauma. That first initial period of my life was terrifying. I lost complete sight of who I was and what I wanted to make of myself and it took me years to get to the woman I am now. I am more hard working than I've ever been and I feel more powerful and comfortable in my skin than I have ever done. So for anyone who's reading this who has experienced the same but doesn't feel comfortable or safe to express, I want to say that YOU WILL GET THERE, I LOVE YOU, YOU ARE WORTHY AND YOU ARE IN MY HEART. THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER."

Radio DJ for 'Mama's Gunna' on Radio Wales, Writer and Promoter

ffion

"The touching had always been present. I remember by about 16, being somewhat resigned to these moments and understanding that if I go into the mosh pit, or if I want to be anywhere down the front to see my idols, I'd be touched or groped inappropriately. There's an onus on venues to take responsibility for what people do in their premises, if they don't take it seriously, then women have a lesser chance of the authorities taking it seriously. Secondly, don't allow acts who have a history of misogyny or blatant sexism in their music or personas perform - they bring with them an audience that may reflect that behaviour."

"I was at a drum and bass event and a friend of a friend followed us home and when I was passed out in my bedroom he came in and raped me. I always blamed myself for it, I couldn't even say it was rape for a very long time. I tried to go to one or two drum and bass events after it happened but found I was always on edge and always looking over my shoulder. It's like the music alone set me off and I'd get a knot of dread in the pit of my stomach."

LADIES OF RAGE

In August 2018 when Liz Hunt from The Moon asked me to put on an event for her week-long Cardiff Music Women Exhibit I knew instantly what I was going to do. Cardiff has a thriving music scene, however over my 6 years living here I've noticed that scene is almost entirely band based music like rock and indie. So for the Cardiff Music Women Exhibit I knew I wanted to shine a light on what's described as 'urban' genres : hip hop, grime and r&b specifically. This led me to book London-based organisation Girls of Grime to come over and talk about their work promoting and developing women grime mc's from in and around their city. I knew these genres were wildly underrepresented in Cardiff, but then I thought if the men are barely being represented then surely there are women who are getting even less of the exposure they deserve. For the finale of the event I asked everybody I knew in Cardiff if they knew of ANY women that might rap and would like to do an all-woman cypher, I found three and at the end of the night they all got onstage with London MC Madders Tiff.

So a week after the event I sat down an created a Facebook group, I called it Ladies of Rage after legendary MC The Lady of Rage - who herself started a movement in hip hop to help push women MC's (FEM - Females Earning Money). I invited those three girls I'd invited to MC at the Cardiff Music Women event and from there it just grew - we're now about 150 women strong and the group keeps growing every day. I wanted to create a private group for women and non binary people in Cardiff who create or partake in hip hop, grime and electronic genres so they can meet new people, discuss issues, share their work and generally just have a positive and safe space to be themselves. From there I booked 3 monthly jam sessions at a local recording studio, and an event in the Moon for December. So on the last Friday of each month we've met at the studio with open decks and mic to cypher, share music, meet, chat and collaborate. The energy at these jam sessions has been incredible - the girls who already perform have just instantly settled in and encouraged the women who are less confident or experienced in performance (and that encompasses mixing, singing, rapping and spoken word poetry.)

In future we're looking to develop workshops and a mentoring scheme for women, and young girls who are interested in any aspect of the music industry be it performance, production or promotion. We're also looking to run workshops on self-care and self defence.

Sexism is rife in the music industry and with stats like only 5% of sound engineers being women it's high time we do something to correct the balance in the industry. If we can send women out there feeling confident, skilled and knowledgeable but also with the ability to mentor and teach another - hopefully we're developing a self sustaining scene of women supporting women to express themselves creatively. 'Each one teach one' is a phrase that's quoted in the hip hop scene regularly - i think over time we can do this in more ways than one: the next collaboration the collective are discussing is a hip hop track about consent from their experiences of being grabbed and touched inappropriately at music events, speaking out to men about why this needs to end and expressing how it makes them feel.

LUBI J - DJ

LADY sp - MC

JAFFRIN - SPOKEN WORD

AMELIA 'UNITY'

"I've written lyrics since I was a teenager but never shared them with anyone. About a year ago I shared my first piece as part of the Tactile Bosch 'Lost Vegas Hotel' with Rufus Mufasa. Rufus gave me the confidence to write more and more, and to share, share, share! Ladies of Rage has come at a perfect time for me, so I can continue that support and sharing with other women, but also develop my own skills and confidence. I also DJ, and it's great to be around so many other women who are into music."

BECKY C

"Ladies of Rage has enabled me to do something I've always wanted to do. I've written poetry and lyrics for as long as I remember and its only through the support and encouragement of this collective have I been able to share my words for the first time.
I was abused by my father as a child and by other men at different stages of my life, when people ask me why we need women only spaces its because of this, I can't be myself as much in mixed spaces. This is not because I hate men - I'm happily married - it's because I have a deep somatic reaction in male dominated spaces from childhood trauma relating to men.
It's hard to explain, but the point is I shouldn't have to. This group has changed my life and with 1 in 5 women (at least) being affected by some kind of violence at the hands of men, it's necessary on all levels."

PHOTO: ANNA WINSTONE

TINA

"It was my first ever night at The Moon in Cardiff and seeing Ladies of Rage. l don't think I can find the words to say how absolutely amazing they all were and how proud I am to be involved. I can't wait for the next jam session it's going to be epic. I can listen to everyone that performed over and over again. They all do amazing work and I think this is exactly what we need - a place where it's just women and we're not being judged. Ladies of Rage has really helped me overcome some bad experiences with anxiety and depression, and I feel more confident than I have ever been after attending the showcase event."

Music photographer

hannah

“I think one of the roots of the issues with sexual assault is that women from a really young age are told to be polite and conditioned to put other people before themselves, which obviously goes hand in hand with rape culture, where coming forward about an assault may “ruin the abusers career.” Men are branded with the ‘boy wonder’ stamp pretty easily, and as soon as someone brands them a genius, people stop questioning their actions, and they get away with it. By putting someone on a pedestal, they’re in the position to abuse their power and if you instil that much confidence into people for doing so little, that’s when things go wrong.”

"I think being a female gig photographer, or female photographer in general, I feel like we have to build a brand for ourselves and work so much harder than men, to be respected and taken seriously. I feel like the industry has almost pitted women against each other in a way, so like if you’ve got success in any way you try and like guard that and protect it even if it means being rude towards other women."

TOXIC MASCULINITY

"Current popular accounts of mens problems, particularly with reference to women, speak to a gender polarity of fixed notions of masculinity and femininity, in which gender identity is seen as an attribute of the individual."

"Through socialisation, sex role theorists argue, males and females are conditioned into appropriate roles of behaviour."

"According to Pleck (1981), living up to a gender role is more problematic for boys because of the level of social expectations that males experience. In particular, expectations of strength, power and sexual competence form the basis of male roles."

Men and Masculinities - Chris Haywood & Máirtín Mac an Ghaill

IDLES

Crack Magazine

IDLES are a five-piece rock band from Bristol, England. Following six years of gigging in relative anonymity their fortunes changed in 2017 with the release of their debut album Brutalism, which won plaudits for its combination of hard-edged punk and raw, progressive lyricism. This year they released a follow-up, Joy as an Act of Resistance, an album which has catapulted them to mainstream attention, eventually climbing to number five in the UK album charts. Yet alongside the critical acclaim and sold-out shows, between the wild Jools Holland appearance and the Charlie Brooker endorsement, something else has been happening. IDLES have found themselves the unlikely centre of a movement.

IDLES’ recent success comes at the tail-end of a difficult few years for the singer. Following his mother’s stroke when he was 16, and the subsequent death of his step-father, Joe became her primary carer. It was a situation that left him cut off, trapped in a cycle of “savage behaviour”, substance abuse and unhealthy relationships. She died while the band were recording 2017’s Brutalism, an event that shaped the album in all senses, from the lead track Mother to her photo on the LP’s cover. It marked the beginning of a period of reflection for Joe, setting him on a path towards counselling and ultimately sobriety.

"People are saying: I want someone who believes in something on the radio. I want broken men on stage.”

The band put a halt on proceedings and decided to talk. The conversation started about music but soon became one about mindfulness and changing their lives for the better. Inspired by Grayson Perry’s The Descent of Man, Joe found himself thinking about masculinity, compounded by revelations he was making about himself during counselling. “That’s where Joy… came from,” he says. “It’s a step forward in terms of being more aware of your surroundings.”

Joe demands their audience love themselves in spite of media standards of beauty, while Samaritans finds him tearing off the “mask of masculinity” that keeps men from crying. “Man up!/ Sit down!/ Chin up!/ Pipe down!,” he bellows against a chorus of wailing guitars. “I like that denaturalising of masculine tropes,” he later tells me, “because they don’t make any fucking sense.”

“We knew we needed to bring these people into one place, and that’s where the idea for the Facebook group started.” The AF Gang started with around 100 members. “I think people were just like: this is such a refreshing group of people,” Lindsays recalls. While it’s officially a fan community, in practice it functions as a support network. Between posts about the band, people detail how IDLES and the community have helped them overcome anxiety, relieve anger issues, or carried them through nervous breakdowns.

“People started becoming a lot more open, saying everything was really shit but that IDLES has made it better. They wanted to talk about their depression, their anxiety and how this is helping.”

At their centre Joe commands his audience completely – “All the women to the front,” he directed the crowd at a recent London show, only for rows of men to part like a shoal of fish. It’s unruly and inclusive: a safe space for complete release. “You could be in IDLES,” as he later puts it to me, “it’s easy, we're shit."

PHOTO, CHARLOTTE PATMORE & WORDS, ANGUS HARRISON

reba & trishna

DJ's for Buffalo's 'Bump and Grind'
Reba

“I think men need to be educated on how to treat women fairly, there’s always going to be attraction but its knowing your boundaries. My body is my body it’s not for you. Just cause I’m up there on a pedestal to look at and yeah I might dance and show a bit of flesh but it’s not for you to touch or grab hold of. I’m not doing it to be alluring or provocative to you. There needs to be some kind of culture shift in attitudes towards women in music and women themselves. But some men may not see it as a big thing, because it is so conditioned into our society that this is how men treat women or men adore a woman and look at them like we are their objects of desire.”

"I remember that one of the club promoters told me once that I should wear less clothes to bring more people to the venue…I was like don’t ever say that to me again cause you wont see me again. I’ve struggled with that for the past few years, how to represent yourself, how to dress and not be seen as this sexual being. Even if I’ve got like a bit of cleavage in a picture and a guy would be like 'woah boobs' and I’m like why did you have to bring that to attention cause then do they think that I’m begging it? Cause I wasn’t begging it I was just wearing a top. I’ve gone from being confident to like wow everyone’s judging me and I don’t want people to look at me in that way."

Trishna

"I’m quite like a boring dresser, but consciously, I have always been into hip hop and when I was younger I was one of the boys, so I fucked my own self up because I’ve always wanted to challenge gender conventions but when I was younger I couldn’t grasp the concept of just being this female. I think deep down its always been a respect thing, like you better respect me, I’m your equal doing exactly what you’re doing. I’m not presenting myself sexually to you. It’s like you’re either one of the lads or you’re being sexualised."

"I work at the student union as stage crew. I mentioned I was a DJ to one of the guys I work with and he looked really shocked, but he was shocked before knowing that I was doing a 'mans job'. When I’m there I don’t want people to think I’m there because I’m a groupie, or I wanna meet the band. I don’t wanna be perceived that I’m there to be sexual. And it's not like I want to prove that I can do what you can do, either. I’m here just like you, because I want a job, I want to progress in this industry. I still feel like within myself, I feel very strongly about gender conventions and things like that and I don’t want to have to live by conventions. I want the young women I know to challenge it and do what you want to do."

TRISHNA

"So there was a girl working at a music venue and a guy was flat out talking to her and I just thought they were friends. But because she’s on the door she cant escape, she cant go anywhere, he knows that she’s there for the rest of the night and he knows that he can talk to her whenever he wants to because that’s her job to be friendly to you on the door. He wouldn't leave her alone so I asked her if she was okay and she said, "I told him I had a boyfriend trying to be nice and that and then he had the cheek to give me shit that my boyfriend is white.’"

"He came back and I said she doesn’t want to talk to you, she’s busy working, so not only is this sexual harassment, its harassment in the workplace. He told me I was being rude and I just said, no you're in shock right now because no one has ever called you out like this have they? What if this was your mother, or your sister, or your aunt, or your niece? How would you feel? Or your girlfriend? How would you feel if this was you and there was a guy hitting on you and you said no thanks I’ve got a girlfriend leave me alone, how the fuck would you feel then?"

"I hate people giving me eyes and that, like don’t look at us, don’t sexualise us, use your ears not your eyes."

"One night I had a hip hop set and there were these boys there who asked me to play 50 cent, even know that wasn't the vibe I was after. I'd left a piece of paper for song requests on the side of the stage so people didn't come up to the booth and I got this not back, terrible grammar. I just thought, am I supposed to be flattered by that? So I wrote back, 'hope you would tell a boy DJ that too.' Then he literally scribbled it out, scribbled out what I had said, as if to be like don’t tell me off."

This Is The End Photography

"If you try to talk to guys about it they just say you’re overthinking it and you're told to ‘stop being sensitive.’ I get that quite a lot with guys, because if I feel like there’s something wrong, I’ll ask them what they’re laughing at and instantly as soon as I address it: ‘why’re you being sensitive?’ ‘You on your period?’ I think its just the general attitude towards women that needs to shift."

"But women kick ass so we'll eventually get there!"

Photo by Soul Photography

Soul / R&B artist who previously featured on 'The Voice' 2016

FAITH

"For ladies there has always been this issue of not really knowing if you have been sexually harassed because everything is always positioned and played as 'a joke.' Sexual assault and harassment is a difficult one, the issue has been going on for centuries and I think this is because women have not been appreciated properly. I think the only way we can help the situation is by teaching children how to respect women and how to understand the worth of a woman."

Rapper / Battle Rapper from Cardiff

Yasmine

“I’ve had experiences when a guy has literally grabbed the mic out of my hand when I’m spitting, it’s so disrespectful. I feel like it comes down to men being jealous and intimidated when seeing a woman do ‘a man’s thing.’ All my bars now are about empowering women. I feel like my lyrics help me get through these experiences by writing about it, making tracks about it and videos about it. It’s me expressing it and forgetting about it but at the same time then also hopefully giving an insight into situations that can happen so girls don’t feel alone.”

"I’m doing this for the women that think that they need men, nah we don’t need men. So be pleased when you’re bleeding, we bring life to the world, that’s a whole different meaning."
"So girl don't stop cause you're gleaming, you're so hot that you're steaming. Don't hold on to your demons, you'll soon figure out we don't need men."

"Another thing I do is rap battles and I’ve only ever battled one girl out of about 13/14 guys. But I always just get pussy jokes or like ‘you’re ugly.’ My last battle he started with ‘well well well, look at you, I wouldn’t touch you’ and like ‘you’re so ugly, you’re so butters, even this guy who doesn’t get laid wouldn’t even touch you’ and obviously everyone was like ooooo and I’m just like are you mad? And then the second verse he was like ‘nah you are quite fit to be fair’ and then he flipped it like ‘I’ll give you some’. But then I know that I’ve won automatically with comments like that. I went in, I had bars about stuff that he didn’t even know that I knew about. He came up to me afterwards like ‘how do you know that?’ that’s when I know I’ve won."

Vocalist, Host, MC, DJ

GEMMA 'missy g'

"Every time I go out and I come off stage I always get at least one or two guys coming onto me thinking they can put their hands round me and its not good. Just because I’m female, it doesn't mean you can do that. When the men come off stage you don’t see them getting hugged and kissed like we do - it’s really unfair. A few weeks ago a guy in Bristol put his hands in between my legs. I went nuts and the door staff were amazing, they listened to me and quickly removed the guy from the venue. There’s just no respect for anything in the scene, it’s really really hard. I definitely think you need really thick skin to be in the music industry."

"When I go out to gigs, I’m always in heels and normally a dress. People say when I’m up on stage I’m asking for that kind of attention because of the way I'm dressed. Like if I turned up on stage with a pair of jeans, trainers and a t-shirt, would I be looked at differently? It is disgusting. Some of my lyrics can be quite provocative and a little bit on the naughty side and I like to dance a lot so people say that I could be asking for it then."

PHOTO: AIYUSH PACHNANDA

"I wanna be able to help people who have been through Ladies of Rage and don’t trust men or are too nervous and say to them that they can do it. It’s a bit like counselling really because I genuinely want to help these women get back on their feet and find their strength to shout their own voice again, where they’ve been knocked down so many times. Ladies of Rage gives these women a safe environment that they can go to jam, really speak their mind and say whatever they want. They wont have a male in the room to be intimidated by or nervous about."

'GIRLS TALK'

By Amy Farrer

Thank you to all the women involved in this project. Without you, we wouldn't be able to continue to spread awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the music scene.

For more information on how to stay safe in music environments, please see Safe Gigs For Women or Girls Against.

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