Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry speaks out against online rape threats
Chvrches’ frontwoman Lauren Mayberry wrote an article about facing sexism on the internet back in February 2013—and sadly, things haven’t improved much since its publication. The singer posted an Instagram on Wednesday of a graphic rape threat (involving a cheese grater) someone directed at her.
“My band is lucky enough to have some of the most awesome, supportive and respectful fans in the world and we are so excited to be in the studio making an album to share with them,” she wrote in the photo’s caption. “Yet, on a daily basis, we still receive communications like this. These people never learn that violence against women is unacceptable. But they also never learn that women will not be shamed and silenced and made to disappear.”
Mayberry expressed a similar sentiment in her 2013 Guardian essay. “What I do not accept, however, is that it is all right for people to make comments ranging from ‘a bit sexist but generally harmless’ to openly sexually aggressive,” she wrote. “Is the casual objectification of women so commonplace that we should all just suck it up, roll over and accept defeat? I hope not.”
Mayberry concluded her Instagram caption by challenging hurtful Internet commenters. “I am not going anywhere,” she wrote. “So bring it on, motherf–kers. Let’s see who blinks first.”
Read Mayberry’s 2013 piece over at The Guardian, and see her Instagram below.