Neko Case

Neko Case to Playboy: “I’M NOT A FUCKING ‘WOMAN IN MUSIC’, I’M A FUCKING MUSICIAN IN MUSIC!”

The singer/songwriter speaks out about gendered music journalism.

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- May 24, 2014

Here's a piece of advice for music writers: don't call Neko Case a "woman in music."

This past week, paragon of feminist critique Playboy.com posted a profile of the singer/songwriter and tweeted the link with the caption "Artist @NekoCase is breaking the mold of what women in the music industry should be." As she's known to do, Neko promptly (and brilliantly) headed to Twitter to voice her disapproval.

Neko Case actually has a history with Playboy, as evidenced by this news story we pulled from the Chart archives. In 2003, she was named "Sexiest Babe in Indie Rock" and was even asked to pose nude. She demurred, and for good reason:

"I don't have a lot of faith in the media," she said. "If I posed, every article written about me from then on would start with 'former Playboy pin-up girl' before my name."

But the artist, who often challenges stereotypical notions of femininity (listen to "Man" below) and gendered conception of rock stardom, doesn't limit her criticism to just Playboy or to just music. The "woman in..." trope exists across the board. Just ask any female comedian.

Neko Case plays Calgary's Sled Island festival on Friday, June 20.
Neko Case - "Man"

 

 

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