Is indie hip-hop sexist?
The lack of women at one particular festival is certainly not cause for an uproar, but Myhre makes a pretty compelling argument that Soundset's lineup is a symptom of a larger problem in the indie hip-hop scene:
Sexism in hip hop is a lot bigger than rap videos and misogynistic lyrics. It's the old-boy's network that keeps women's voices marginalized. It's the fact that so ridiculously few up-and-coming emcees, DJs, producers and industry/label people are female. It's a system that keeps men and men's perspectives front-and-center in every aspect of the game. It's an extension of the sexism that permeates the rest of society. And it's definitely not just the mainstream's problem.Myhre goes on to make some very thoughtful suggestions about how hip-hop fans, promoters, and participants can all work together to gradually shift away from sexist attitudes, regardless of how subtle they may seem on the surface. Read the whole essay over at Culture Bully, and leave your own thoughts in the comments.