Retort

CHVRCHES singer Lauren Mayberry takes on Internet troll

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Just yesterday, on our Women in the World stage, Ashley Judd and Anita Sarkeesian tackled the issue of misogynistic online trolls, and the abuse nearly every woman with an online presence has to deal with. That same day, Lauren Mayberry, singer for the popular Scottish indie band CHVRCHES — and definitely no stranger to online abuse — took to Instagram to deliver a powerful message to one of those trolls. One of her male followers had left a horribly graphic rape threat under one of Mayberry’s photos, so she took a screenshot and responded, “My band is lucky enough to have some of the most awesome, supportive and respectful fans in the world and we are so excited to be in the studio making an album to share with them. Yet, on a daily basis, we still receive communications like this. These people never learn that violence against women is unacceptable. But they also never learn that women will not be shamed and silenced and made to disappear. I am not going anywhere.” Her words echoed a beautiful essay she wrote for The Guardian two years ago, where she explained she would not accept online misogyny, saying “objectification in any form is not something anyone should have to “just deal with.”

Read the full story at Pigeons & Planes.

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