I think Lauren handled this interview pretty damn well, but I’d just be forewarned that the questions (or at least how they were asked) really irked me.
How would you say we can combat sexism within the scene?
It’s about talking about it. About guys being aware of their actions and being able to talk to women about it and talk to other people in their scene about their feelings about it and acknowledging that stuff happens, regardless of who you are and where you’re coming from that if you make someone uncomfortable you need to own up to that. I don’t think anyone is perfect. We all say or do things that we wish we hadn’t, that we know are inappropriate or are hurtful. All you can do is own up to it and try not to have it happen again. That’s what I was trying to talk about in the article and being accountable for things and not trying to say that we’re past it. I think the worse thing you can do is say, “We don’t have to talk about it. We’re punks. We’re past it. We don’t accept those kinds of things in our scene so they just don’t happen,” but they do.
I think that’s the most important thing is to acknowledge that it happens and be accountable for it.