About

I started this blog for three reasons.

1. While I’ve followed print and on-line music publications for many years, I’ve often been dissatisfied with how popular music is traditionally covered, particularly ignoring, marginalizing, or tokenizing the contributions made by women and girls.

2. It turns out, a lot of my feminist/queer friends feel the same way and often avoid music journalism for that very reason. Yet, some of them feel out of the loop and want a communal space to find out about and discuss popular music without dealing with boys’ club politics.

3. After completing my master’s degree in spring 2008, I didn’t get into a PhD program to continue my studies. However, rather than blame the academy or the economy (or myself — an old script!), I wanted a space where I could think, research, write, and critique contemporary music culture from an explicitly feminist perspective. I also wanted to create a space where anyone interested in gender and music culture–regardless of educational training–could follow along and participate.

4. In fall 2011, I began my studies as a PhD student in UW-Madison’s Media and Cultural Studies program. Now I’m finally getting paid to do what I love. This blog is an extension of that.

You can also follow me on Twitter (@ms_vz) or join this blog’s Facebook page.

Thank you for reading. I’m so happy that you’re here. Feel free to comment, though please be respectful.

15 comments

  1. Ajay Miranda

    Funny, I also started my music blog as an outlet after not getting into grad school and not being able to find a regular writing or videography gig with this economy. Keep on bloggin’!

  2. Allie

    Thanks for making this blog! Check out my band, my mostly girl, very feminist punk rock band. We’re The Furiousity and our new album is going to be ready this fall!

    myspace.com/thefuriousity

    • Alyx Vesey

      Mindy — thanks for the snaps! I like your Web site too. I’d love to collaborate on something. Also, there’s always room for guests to post entries on records/musicians/concerts/etc., that made them a feminist.

      Also, you might wanna touch base with Caitlin, who wrote an entry here about female drummers. Her blog is called Dark Room and you can access it from my blogroll.

  3. Kathy

    I am so happy to have found your site. I used to write about music for a women’s website where I had to provide links to other women writing about music. There were so few us then I wish I’d found you sooner.

  4. runrunaway

    Hi Alyx,

    Just stumbled upon your blog after doing a search for PJ Harvey, looking for some info to include on my blog. Looks like you have a wonderful blog here and I am looking forward to exploring it further. Although male, I share your love and respect for female musicians. Over the past few years my tastes have gravitated more and more toward female musicians. Their voices reach me in a way that few male musicians seem to. I wonder if you are aware of a couple of my very favorites… Hannah Fury and Sarah June? Both amazing women and artists. Hannah has her own record label and writes and records all of her own material. Sarah is on an indie label but also writes and records (at home) her own material.

    Best of everything for you and the blog!

    Steve
    http://www.sarahjune.com
    http://www.hannahfury.com

    My Blog (it is new be kind :)
    http://www.runrunaway.wordpress.com

  5. Shelley Seale

    I would really like to include you in a story I’m doing for CultureMap Austin on the top music bloggers in Austin. If you are interested can you please reply or send me your email address? Thank you!

  6. jamiebobamie

    I just read and enjoyed your post about early women’s music. I would’ve replied there but couldn’t figure out how to do it. As someone who enjoyed women’s music of the 70′s and 80′s firsthand, I appreciate your input. A couple of corrections though – The Weavers were not a country group but rather, folk. Also, only the Michigan festival has a woman-born-woman policy. The National festival and many others welcome trans women. If you’d like to read more about early women’s music, I’ve got a couple of entries at my blog. Probably my most popular is http://jamiebobamie.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/seeking-the-fire-early-days-of-womens-music/ Since you mentioned Fanny: http://jamiebobamie.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/when-fanny-rocked/ I was able to find all of the original members and interviewed them. In addition, I’m writing a book about women’s music that’ll be out in the next couple of years.

  7. negress007

    As a die hard riot grrrl fan and lover of all things feminist, I guess I just found my Mecca. (Have you done a Regina Spektor post yet?! PLEASE TELL ME YOU’VE DONE A REGINA POST!) Kudos being able to intertwine gender politics and art so seamlessly. I flicked the “follow” button without a second thought. By the way, i’m new in WordPress Town with a blog that is one parts race politics, one part feminism and a dash of pop cultural sass. Stop by when you get the chance: http://negress.wordpress.com/

  8. Miranda

    So glad I found your blog! I am very much into 70/80s/90s singer songwriter bands and find myself not posting on forums because they are so male dominated. Even my favourite magazine, The Word, is all football football football at the moment. My 2 favourite bands Steely Dan and Prefab Sprout are famous for being male fan dominated and their forums reflect that. So many times I see ‘My girlfriend/wife hates Steely Dan’, ‘My girlfriend/wife doesnt understand Prefab Sprout’. Then a woman does post and then its ‘oooh, are you single???’

    I have a blog and I’ll be writing more about this issue in coming weeks.
    http://www.steamerheaven.wordpress.com

    Keep up the good work

    Miranda

  9. Cassondra Phillipsen

    Hello!

    My name is Cassondra – I am the guitarist of an all-female pop/rock band called The Vandies. We are 5 sassy ladies in our early 20′s who have a huge passion for writing and performing rock music. Here are a couple links of ours:

    http://www.thevandies.com
    http://www.facebook.com/thevandies

    I love the vibe of your blog. I think The Vandies share that down-to-earth, girls kick ass, go out and make s#*% happen kind of attitude. I am wondering if you guys ever interview or highlight bands, or do music/video reviews – we have a new music video coming out this month. If so, we’d love to talk more!

    Looking forward to hearing from you!
    Enjoy that sunshine,

    ~Cassondra
    The Vandies

  10. Kevin

    Hello,

    Hopefully you already know that Lauren Mayberry (front woman of the band Chvches) recently posted an essay as a call to stop the sexually offensive cyber-bullying that she (and I’m sure many other artists) receive, but if not you can read about it here: http://pitchfork.com/news/52483-chvrches-lauren-mayberry-writes-editorial-against-online-sexism/
    I thought you might be interested to know that Digital Music News then wrote this horrible insensitive anti-feminist response: http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2013/10/01/chvrches where they blamed her, calling her blissfully ignorant and just in need of thicker skin. And as well their response to being called out on it here is even worse: http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2013/10/11/apologize

    I sent an email to all of Digital Music News’s sponsors telling them that I will be boycotting their products and services as long as they support the publication. I don’t have a huge reach though, so if you would maybe write about it and/or pass this info along to any contacts you have who might be able to get a larger group of people to make a stand against them and this behavior that would be awesome.

    Thank you for your writing!

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