There’s a separation to be made between the feminist movement and certain modern day feminists. And whilst I think feminism is a good thing – who could seriously argue that women having the same rights as men is a bad thing? – I think some of the modern day feminists have some terrible blind spots in their vision.
Such as The Blessed Madonna, as she now calls herself. The woman behind the pseudonym, Marea Stamper, proudly proclaims her feminist credentials. Which is something this blog has absolutely no problem with – until one of the aforementioned blind spots suddenly makes an appearance.
The sexist, outdated advertising at Nervous Records – which includes a lady who models a T-shirt without wearing it and bizarre shots of a scantily clad woman with a pig – has been documented here for the past few months. Publicly, Nervous are staying silent in the face of criticism – although I gather things aren’t quite so united behind the scenes.
In the meantime, Stamper used her platform on the BBC radio station 6Music to do a one-hour show celebrating the 30th anniversary of the label. The show plays a selection of releases from the archive, alongside an interview with label founder and boss Michael Weiss.
Doesn’t the – to use a very modern term – problematic advertising at Nervous Records make Stamper feel uncomfortable? You don’t have to be a bra burning feminist to realise this. Although it does appear you need the ability to blank out this awkward fact for at least one hour whilst talking to the label boss…