Björk Takes Aim at Music Journalism for Being a “Boy’s Club”

“I’ve been really lucky. But I have been hitting walls.”

Björk is currently in Australia to premiere her virtual reality digital DJ exhibition, and she had some pointed words for the sexist double standards she’s observed in the world of music journalism and beyond. Speaking at the launch, the revered Icelandic singer-songwriter explained:

“The fact I’m a woman and I can do what I do, it’s kind of unique, really. 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.”

She also went on to detail her dissatisfaction with gender inequality beyond the music scene as well. After her role in 2000’s Dancer In The Dark, Björk was dismayed by the divide in the world of acting between men and women in terms of career control and attitudes towards aging. She reveals:

“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.”

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