1. Melissa Rakshana
    June 5, 2014 @ 4:36 pm

    It is a shame that though you appreciated the comments the singer in Contorture made, you didn’t take what she said on board. “Four crusty ladies”? “Female fronted youngsters”? Scumfest did a great job at putting on a diverse line up, but it’s not a “theme”, as you suggest. It’s just your life, if you’re a woman in punk. Just saying that representation is a “good thing” isn’t enough, walk the talk. Why would a woman slap you for giving her a flower? That just feeds the myth of the feminazi. Also, saying you don’t think a band is tight enough in the context of DIY punk makes no sense to me.


    • mark
      June 5, 2014 @ 9:38 pm

      i readily apologise and admit my own failings, both in ethics and vocabulary. having written on contorture’s thought provoking of course I could have gone back through the article and removed every gender reference (as I will be very conscious of in the future) but at the same time this is for a wider audience than an equality aware punk scene and I still wanted to celebrate the success of scumfest in incorporating this. in terms of theme scumfest have regularly highlighted a particular issue and surely “love sex hate sexism” was a part of this year and worth commenting on, not entirely linked to the lineup. wrong to be flippant about being slapped, we can edit that out? and yes, musicallyI think there’s a fine line to be trod between being nice and raw and being a bit sloppy, god knows I ride it myself!


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