Lauren Mayberry is not okay with people criticizing what she wears onstage. On Monday (August 12), the CHVRCHES singer took to social media to clap back at critics who say her "gig outfits are too revealing."
“To the people saying that my gig outfits are too revealing / I shouldn’t dress like that if I don’t want men to comment on it: I disagree,” she wrote in a lengthy Twitter note. “This argument assumes women only dress for the attention of men. When I dress for shows, I want to own my gender and my femininity.”
“I want my performance image to be inherently feminine and tough as f**k because that is how I want to pretend to be – to myself, and to the women and young girls who come to our gigs,” she added.
“I don’t need to pretend to be One Of The Lads because I am not one,” she continued. “How I dress is part of how I express myself creatively and how I want to communicate our message. It’s about trying not to be ashamed of your own gender and identity, even when people tell you that you should be; about not being scared into hiding yourself because of the actions of others.”
“People have tried to weaponise my gender against me since the start of my career as a musician. It happens now but it also happened when I was wearing baggy flannel shirts and jeans, because it’s not really about what a woman is wearing. It never is. It’s about claiming ownership of women’s bodies and women’s narratives,” she concluded her statement. “So I will continue dressing like a gothic Powerpuff Girl with Big Witch Energy and I hope that you’ll all do whatever your version of that is too. Everyone else will just have to deal with it. My body, my life, my choice.”
Read the full message below.
This isn't the first time Mayberry has had to defend herself lately. Back in May, CHVRCHES had to up their security after receiving threats from Chris Brown fans for speaking out against his alleged abuse towards women.
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