Grimes Sounds Off on Sexism and Stereotypes

> Apr 24 2013

Grimes Sounds Off on Sexism and Stereotypes
By Gregory AdamsGrimes (aka Claire Boucher) has got a lot of attention since releasing her Visions LP last year, but unfortunately it hasn't been all good for the electronic pop explorer. A Tumblr post uploaded last night (April 23) has the singer/producer sounding off on sexist attitudes she's encountered on and off the road, online creeps, and more.

Since a key point to the post is that Boucher doesn't want her words taken out of context, we'll let the artist do the talking. You can read her post in full down below.

I don't want to have to compromise my morals in order to make a living

i dont want my words to be taken out of context 

i dont want to be infantilized because i refuse to be sexualized  

i dont want to be molested at shows or on the street by people who perceive me as an object that exists for their personal satisfaction 

i dont want to live in a world where im gonna have to start employing body guards because this kind of behavior is so commonplace and accepted and I'm pissed that when I express concern over my own safety it's often ignored until people see firsthand what happens and then they apologize for not taking me seriously after the fact… 

I'm tired of men who aren't professional or even accomplished musicians continually offering to 'help me out' (without being asked), as if i did this by accident and i'm gonna flounder without them.  or as if the fact that I'm a woman makes me incapable of using technology.  I have never seen this kind of thing happen to any of my male peers 

I'm tired of the weird insistence that i need a band or i need to work with outside producers (and I'm eternally grateful to the people who don't do this)

im tired of being considered vapid for liking pop music or caring about fashion as if these things inherently lack substance or as if the things i enjoy somehow make me a lesser person 

im tired of being congratulated for being thin because i can more easily fit into sample sizes from the runway

 im tired of people i love betraying me so they can get credit or money

I'm sad that it's uncool or offensive to talk about environmental or human rights issues

I'm tired of creeps on message boards discussing whether or not they'd "fuck" me

I'm tired of people harassing my dancers and treating them like they aren't human beings

I'm sad that my desire to be treated as an equal and as a human being is interpreted as hatred of men, rather than a request to be included and respected (I have four brothers and many male best friends and a dad and i promise i do not hate men at all, nor do i believe that all men are sexist or that all men behave in the ways described above) 

im tired of being referred to as 'cute,' as a 'waif' etc., even when the author, fan, friend, family member etc. is being positive 


waif |wāf|


1 a homeless and helpless person, esp. a neglected or abandoned child: she is foster-mother to various waifs and strays .

• an abandoned pet animal.

cute |kyo͞ot|


1 attractive in a pretty or endearing way: a cute kitten.

• informal sexually attractive.

I'm tired of people assuming that just because something happens regularly it's ok


i have so much love for everyone who has been cool and amazing.  I have the best job in the world but I'm done with being passive about any kind of status quo that allows anyone to suffer or to be disrespected

Grimes world tour is officially over, the visions album cycle is officially over, and I'm now taking the time to overhaul everything and make it better 

much love to every fan - stuff can be lame sometimes but its really cool to have this support <3 

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1. crippled or physically disabled, especially in the foot or leg so as to limp or walk with difficulty.

The fact that this word is used as slang to mean something bad is ableist. It's ironic that Grimes has used this here while she is railing against the sexist connotations of other words being used to describe her.
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"Grimes" is vapid. Your carefully constructed image can't hide that.
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She's 20. Given it's connection with kittens and babies, the word "cute" probably bothers her more as a 20 year-old trying to establish herself as an adult than anything else. In fifteen years, she'll cling to every "cute" she can get, just like the rest of us.
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you guys above are just haters, just hating. Live and let live...let HER live her reality. Her post resonates with me and with many others, I'm sure, regardless of whether you're a fan of her music or not.
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Right on the money. The best thing to do is indeed to get away from all that bullshit and write more songs, good for her. At such a young age - imagine what she do when she has another 10 years, 20 years to hone her sound. I would strongly disagree with poster above saying she is 'vapid' and encourage them to listen to her album with an open mind. There is often a lot of talk about people needing to push music forward - here is someone really doing this in a fearless and completely self directed way. She has the same spirit behind her as other great Canadian visionaries like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. She's just not as a good a guitar player.
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