This blog sympathises somewhat with Rebekah Teasdale, founder of the #ForTheMusic movement against sexual harassment of women in music. She comes across as someone proud of her campaign – as she should be – but as someone who’s also afraid to back herself by promoting it properly.
In my own smaller way, I can relate. When I started making music in 2015, I didn’t want to tell anyone about it for quite a while. I feared people would be embarrassed or even worse, they’d laugh at me. So I kept quiet – most people found out in other methods. But as time went on, I found myself caring less and less.
It’s now got to the point I no longer care what my critics think. That’s why I started this blog – I feel the dance music press is useless and doesn’t cover a lot of issues, so I decided to try and do the job myself. A number of those journalists who publicly deride me have email subscriptions with this blog, yet their paymasters won’t let them write freely.
And this is the attitude I wish Teasdale would have when it comes to #ForTheMusic. Feisty, determined and proud. It’s the attitude she has towards everything else in life, including her very colourful past. She’s loud and proud in everything else she does, and if she did the same with #ForTheMusic – and the 23×23 campaign with Sydney Blu – things could start go places very quickly.
Which is why I’m despondent to find myself shaking my head once again. Last night, Rebekah was meant to do a talk at 6pm UK time on the subject of sexual harassment of women in dance music – the very thing which #ForTheMusic was founded to campaign against. But anyone wanting to watch it might have had a hard time finding out how.
Because the talk took place on Zoom. Why not stream it on a big platform like YouTube or Facebook? Yes, you’d have probably had to contend with the odd idiot trying to troll the comments section, but so what? You’d have had a bigger audience and people like me – who actually want to help you, believe it or not – would be able to link and share such content.
Instead, I still have no idea whether it’ll be available to watch again – and if it isn’t, I’d question the point of doing it at all. The subjects of which #ForTheMusic campaigns on are complicated, and people might appreciate an opportunity to watch a recording at their own pace.
Be loud and be proud of this campaign, Rebekah. You’ve got every reason to be…