Neko Case is a musician, and don’t you forget it. Previewing an article spotlighting recent album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, Playboy magazine tweeted that Case is “breaking the mold of what women in the music industry should be”.

Case took offense and responded quickly, exclaiming “I’m a ****ing musician in music!” Case wants to be defined by her work as a musician, not by her work as a woman in music. The article in question compares Case to other female songwriters such as Fiona Apple and Lucinda Williams. These comparisons to female artists limit the capacity in which Case can really be a ‘mold-breaker’. Would a comparison to a male songwriter be so out of place?

Not one to keep quiet, Case continued with a string of fiery tweets. Most notably she wished not to be “Peggy Olsen-ed”, showing her pop culture savvy in addition to her distaste for playboy’s use of the “women in…” trope. Case also notes that Playboy isn’t the only one responsible for this trope, but they are helping keep it alive.

The twitter exchange between Neko Case and Playboy raises some important questions about how we view female singer-songwriters in the music industry, in addition to providing some quality entertainment.



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