Singer-songwriter SZA recently did an interview with British Vogue, in which she spoke about the gender gap that effects music festival lineups. The 27-year-old told women to own their “feminine energy” because men do not validate their existence.
The Grammy-nominated singer has been on tour since her album, Ctrl, was released in June 2017. She has also served as the headliner for the British festival Lovebox in July and is set to headline Maryland’s Trillectro Festival this September. However, despite her addition to some music festivals, SZA spoke to the European publication about the gender disparity of the events. The New Jersey native said she is “hopeful” that festivals will become more inclusive to female performers by 2022 after Pitchfork magazine reported only 25 percent of acts booked for the this year’s shows were women.
“The time is now,” the “Supermodel” singer said. “Feminine energy is dominant, whether you throw it on a line-up or not. Everyone can feel it. We don’t need [men] to survive or be valid functioning members of society. [Women are] representing themselves in a new grown-up demographic that’s probably quite threatening to what we’ve always known.”
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.