Iggy Azalea Sums Up the Music Industry’s Ridiculous Double Standard for Women

By Sarah Bellman When you’re a musician, you agree to live in the public eye. For female musicians, apparently, that means becoming public property. During a recent interview on the radio station Hot 97, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea mentioned that she had to stop crowdsurfing because too many people were fingering her. “I will get lurk tweets for like a week before my show, like ‘I’m about to go to the Iggy Azalea show and I’m going to finger her,’ and I’ll see it and be like, please don’t! That’s a violation. I don’t actually like that stuff.” She explained that the threat of being sexually assaulted is so extreme that, in order to perform, she needs barriers between her and her audience. She regularly wears two pairs of underwear and tights under her clothes. Unlike basically every male musician, Azalea isn’t considered as an artist but, rather, a sex symbol who happens to make music: “Like, they think I’m real slutty, like ‘Oh, she got a song called ‘Pussy,’ I know what she wants. She wants these two fingers.’ Why would I want a stranger to ever finger me? Buying my album for $12 doesn’t mean you get to finger me when I come to your city.” Read the full article here: http://www.policymic.com/articles/88481/iggy-azalea-sums-up-the-music-industry-s-ridiculous-double-standard-for-women

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