House of Commons calls for evidence of misogyny in music in UK – News

The Parliamentary Committee on Women and Equality is calling for contributions on the topic of misogyny in the music industry.

The Misogyny in Music Inquiry was originally announced last month by the House of Commons Women and Equality Select Committee to examine the scale of the problem within the sector.

The committee’s investigation looks at the sexism faced by women in the industry, as well as the portrayal of women in music and its impact on listeners. The investigation will particularly focus on harassment during concerts and other live music events.

Read this next: The harsh reality for women working in dance music

This research hopes to provide decision makers with solid evidence to ensure the right change can be made to make music a fairer place. They are looking for evidence from women who work in the music industry, but also from music fans who regularly attend events and listen to music.

An official description of the research reads: “In recent years, a number of studies and reports have brought to light the extent to which women working in the music industry experience sexism, including allegations of harassment and coercive control.

“[It] will also look at the representation of women in music and its impact on consumers. The investigation will also focus on harassment at festivals and other live music venues.”

Read this next: Annie Mac on women in music: ‘We shouldn’t be grateful, it should be a given’

The committee has received written submissions on the following topics: connection between misogynist texts and violence against women; what support systems are there for women in the music industry? how safe women feel at concerts and festivals; the expectations of women in the industry compared to men; and how misogyny and sexist attitudes in music can be tackled by the government.

A spokeswoman for the Special Committee on Women and Equality explained why collecting evidence is important mixmag: “Committee inquiries draw on a broad body of evidence from service providers, research and surveys, charities, academics and industry representatives, among others.

“But the committees also need to hear the voices and lived experiences of those who might otherwise not be aware of, or have the platform to contribute to, the report and recommendations that will be released after the investigation is completed.”

Submissions are usually published online if accepted by the committee. After that, it will always be accessible to everyone and search engines can be used to find it online. It cannot be changed or deleted outside the internet.

Submissions, which may be submitted anonymously, will be made public at the Committee’s discretion.

Read this next: 20 women who shaped the history of dance music

Committee Chair Caroline Nokes MP said: “Music is a huge cornerstone of our culture. We need to question the impact that persistent misogynist references to women in texts are having on society.

“We also need to address the seemingly commonplace stories of sexist and unfair treatment of artists and professionals within the industry. Our investigation aims to uncover the full extent of misogyny in music and its wider implications, and to ask what we as legislators can do.”

The call for written submissions is open until July 17th. To find out more about the solicitation and to submit your own, visit the House of Commons website here. It is possible to keep posts anonymous.

Aneesa Ahmed is Digital Intern at Mixmag, follow her Twitter

Leave a Comment