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Posted Aug 18th, 2015 (10:13 am) by Heather Starks
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Why is it that these days, a woman can't wear anything that doesn't qualify her as some sort of skank riddled whore?

Chvrches Lauren Mayberry learned this lesson the hard way yesterday, after a misogynistic group of bros over at 4Chan accused the singer of being a "slut" and a "whore" following the release of the band's most recent video for "Leave A Trace."

We published a review of "Leave A Trace" yesterday, and although it may not have been our favorite by the indie darlings, at no time did it cross our minds that the video was overtly sexual in any way. But to the hooligans over at 4Chan, Mayberry was indistinguishable from a stripper or a streetwalker, due to her having...wet hair? There is a bit of confusion as to what it was in the video that elicited this reaction. Mulberry wears a black dress and ankle boots for the majority of the video, save for the few moments you see her in a chainmail style shirt while lying in water (hence the wet hair). Apparently, this completely normal outfit caused boners a-plenty, as the 4Chan message board quickly turned into discussions about all the sex these drooling man-children would certainly be having with her.

And then things got REALLY weird when someone over at the sausage fest found their balls next to an empty bag of Doritos and actually invited Mayberry to join in on the conversation.

Lauren was having none of it. Already a vocal advocate for women's rights, the singer penned an article in 2013 for The Guardian on misogyny that went viral, and earlier this year she spoke out about the daily rape threats she receives online by saying: "Women will not be shamed and silenced and made to disappear."

Her band was quick to have her back over "Slut-Gate 2015" with a post on Facebook and Twitter:

After a comment was left on the post asking, “Is she gonna do this everytime she gets a shitty comment over the internet?” Chvrches responded with: “Bless your little cotton socks for thinking that the two times Lauren has posted about it previously is her posting about it ‘everytime’ it happens.”

While a sense of humor and thick skin is a definite requirement in the music industry, there is no where in the handbook that dictates that women have to be beholden to the thoughts and whims of idiots in a chat room or anywhere else for that matter. Time to grow up and move out of your mommy's basement boys.

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