Björk has definitely never been shy. The Icelandic singer has long been outspoken about sexism in the music industry and her hatred for the media. Now, she’s called them out once again. Last night, Björk took to Facebook to challenge the media’s response to her recent DJ set at the Day for Night Festival in Houston last weekend. Apparently, critics were less concerned with her performance and more upset with her appearance, accusing her of “hiding behind her masks.”
The singer condemned the media’s sexist double standards and explained how hard it is for women to be experimental with their art.
“Women in music are allowed to be singer-songwriters singing about their boyfriends,” she wrote. “If they change the subject matter to atoms, galaxies, activism, nerdy math, beat editing or anything else than being performers singing about their loved ones, they get criticized—journalists feel there’s something missing.”
Known for her existential lyrics, Björk went on to analyze her portrayal in the media, in contrast to that of her male counterparts.
“I made Volta and Biophilia conscious of the fact that these were not subjects females usually write about,” she said. “It wasn’t until Vulnicura where I shared a heartbreak, I got full acceptance from the media. Men are allowed to go from subject to subject, do sci-fi, period pieces, be slapstick and humorous, be music nerds getting lost in sculpting soundscapes, but not women. If we don’t cut our chest open and bleed about the men and children in our lives, we are cheating our audience. Eat your Bechtel Test heart out.”
The Bechtel Test measures works of art to see if women ever talk to each other about anything other than men. Björk explained why her art has been limited by the expectations placed on women, and how she’s been criticized for ignoring them. Regardless, she urged her fans and female artists to continue fighting back and incite change.
“I hope that in the next year, even though I was brave enough to share with you a classic female subject matter—the heartbreak—I get to have a costume change and walk out of this role,” she finished. “Let’s make 2017 the year where we fully make the transformation—the right to variety for all the girls out there.”
Read Björk’s full statement, below.