Taylor Momsen Shares Her Opinions On ‘Misogyny And Sexism’ In Rock Music
In an interview with Forthy-Five, The Pretty Reckless frontwoman Taylor Momsen talked about the gender divide in the rock music industry and explained why it shouldn’t matter to idolize mainly male rock musicians.
The talented young lead singer, Taylor Momsen has been sharing updates on the band’s new album named ‘Death by Rock and Roll‘ on social media platforms, which she announced to be released on February 12, 2021.
The Pretty Reckless has already released four of the songs from the ‘Death by Rock and Roll’ album. Most recently, in January 2021, the band announce the release of another song titled ‘And So It Went,’ which was a collaboration with Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello.
Recently, Taylor Momsen joined an interview with Forthy-Five and answered questions about the popular idea of the rock music industry being dominated by male artists. During the conversation, Momsen stated that most of her idols were actually men, yet the reason why they are her idols has nothing to do with their gender. Taylor said that she worshipped musicians like John Lennon and Chris Cornell because she felt connected to what they were saying through their music.
Additionally, Momsen mentioned that music should be judged on ‘what’s the best song/who’s the best singer,’ not on what is the gender of the artist. She stated that there should be a simple understanding of good music without considering other elements like sex or gender.
Here is what Taylor Momsen stated about the gender divide in the rock music industry:
“My idols were men, and it’s not because they were men; it’s just because they wrote the best songs. I grew up worshipping John Lennon and The Beatles, and Chris Cornell and Soundgarden – it’s not because of what was going on in their pants, it’s because I connected to what they were saying and what they were emoting.
You should judge music simply on what’s the best song/who’s the best singer. That should have nothing to do with your sex or gender… Good people are good people, and good musicians are good musicians — it’s as basic as that. I’ve certainly had my fair share of fucked-up encounters, but I wouldn’t generalize it as ‘that’s the way it is.’
People have been telling me for years that there are misogyny and sexism in music. I think the older I’ve gotten, the more I can look back on certain situations… Maybe someone said something to me that I took as a compliment at the time, and I look back and realize that it was a misogynistic comment that wouldn’t be considered PC now, but I never felt that in an aggressive way.”
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