Björk Calls Out Film And Music Industry Sexism

“What’s really macho, for example, is music journalism. It’s really like a boys’ club.”

June 01, 2016

Björk called out the perception and treatment of women who work in the film and music industries at the opening of her Björk Digital exhibition in Australia, FACT reports.

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"The fact I’m a woman and I can do what I do, it’s kind of unique, really," she said. "I’ve been really lucky. But I have been hitting walls. What’s really macho, for example, is music journalism. It’s really like a boys’ club. They like music that is… well, a lot of it is for boys."

Björk famously vowed never to appear in another film following her star turn in 2000's Dancer In The Dark, directed by Lars Von Trier. She indicated what may have led her to that decision: "I couldn’t believe what it’s like for actresses. It’s just a nightmare how they’re treated. They have so little say in their career or roles they play as they get older. Guys can get older, but not women."

In an Instagram posted in March (seen above), Tri Angle Records founder Robin Carolan pushed back against sexist perceptions that Björk doesn't write her own music.

I'm constantly being asked if Bjork is in charge of her records. Simple answer; yes. She is the boss. 100 percent. She writes, produces, composes, sings. She might bring people in to facilitate her vision, but first and foremost it is HER vision. Guys (and it's always guys) need to understand this. She needs no one. How much incredible music does one woman have to release until people cut this crap?

Watch the video for "Venus As A Boy" from 1993's Debut below.

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