Female artists like Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga may rule the charts, but that doesn't mean that they haven’t had to deal with sexism in the music industry – even chart toppers aren't immune to misogynistic band stories. Most music executives and producers are male, so though the calendar may say one thing, the working environment in music may seem more like 1957. Stories about sexism from female musicians, from being plied with sexist interview questions to having unbelievably misogynistic articles written about them, abound.
Sex sells; that’s a fact. So when a new hot young female artist puts out an album, many music executives are going to push her to show a little more leg or perhaps undo a couple top buttons. If the artist is okay with doing that as part of their image branding, that’s one thing. But what if, like a young Alicia Keys for example, the artist does not want to sell records based on her sexual image, but the merit of her artistic talent?
Female artists face a double standard that their male counterparts may never understand. How close is the line between sexy and slutty or driven and bitchy? Add in all the negative sexist social media comments, and it’s easy to see why so female musicians have had enough.
Perhaps Madonna said it best: “I stand before you as a doormat. Oh, I mean a female entertainer.” Check out her story and more. Women musicians share tales of sexism, and it ain't pretty.