Musician Neko Case was annoyed by a Playboy article accusing her of breaking down boundaries and defying stereotypes for women in music. Her response when they tweeted it at her was definitely not what they were expecting. Case, whose career in music began twenty years ago, let loose with a series of cutting tweets, and it's been making the rounds on music and pop culture blogs. Here's what she had to say:
@PlayboyDotCom Am I? IM NOT A FUCKING "WOMAN IN MUSIC", IM A FUCKING MUSICIAN IN MUSIC!— Neko Case (@NekoCase) May 21, 2014
FUCKING VAGINA GET OFF ME!— Neko Case (@NekoCase) May 21, 2014
@PlayboyDotCom GET WITH THE NOW, PUSSY-SHAVERS!— Neko Case (@NekoCase) May 21, 2014
GAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!— Neko Case (@NekoCase) May 21, 2014
Still fucking angry. Not sorry.— Neko Case (@NekoCase) May 22, 2014
Fact is, I'm not doing any of that shit, just working til my balls are ground down to nubs.— Neko Case (@NekoCase) May 22, 2014
To be fair, it's not just @PlayboyDotCom who do the "Women in...", everyone still does it, WOMEN do it. I can't hang.— Neko Case (@NekoCase) May 22, 2014
And no, I didn't read it. Wouldn't be able to get past "Woman in.." if I had no idea who I was, which is the point; women NOT a niche market— Neko Case (@NekoCase) May 22, 2014
Also, I finished my period last week. Thanks for checking.— Neko Case (@NekoCase) May 22, 2014
@woeisjoe Don't be, we are all responsible for it.— Neko Case (@NekoCase) May 23, 2014
The reason I'm posting this, besides as a warning to anyone who might mistakenly think Neko Case is someone to fuck with, is because the comics industry happens to be celebrating Women in Comics Month. And I'm not saying that's a bad thing. These are different approaches to the same quest for equality, and perhaps they highlight differences between the music and comics industries and their fandom.
Or maybe not. What the fuck do I know?
According to the most recent RIAA demographics (from 2012), women make up 55% of all music buyers, and there's no shortage of female music stars in the $15 billion a year industry. Of course, the demographics of top executives might look a little different.
According to some studies, young women are the fastest growing segment of comic book readers, and a 2012 interview with David Glanzer, director of marketing for San Diego Comic Con, estimated the female attendance at the biggest comics event of the year to be about 40%. Statistics on comics readers as a whole aren't readily available.
What does all of this mean? It beats the fuck out of me, but when I saw Case's tweets, I was reminded of the ongoing discussion of inclusiveness in comics, and I thought I'd share it here and see what you readers make of it.
So let me know what you think, and please try to keep the vile misogyny to a minimum. Nonexistent, if that's not asking too much. Thanks.