When I found out Canadian male rock duo Death from Above 1979 was not only reuniting but visiting my town I almost burst with excitement. After ten long years I would finally be able to belt along to “Sexy Results” in a sea of sweaty friends.
However, the actual experiences from the concert – yet again – left me disappointed. I got to the front (and trust me that was stellar) but what was not stellar were the cutting remarks and non-consensual touching. Comments like, “You are such a badass for being a girl and putting yourself in the pit,” and, “do you want me to protect you? I’ll just wrap myself around you – don’t worry,” were accompanied by my hair being pulled and my bra straps being held on to.
Why was I being treated like a weird sexual unicorn just because I’m a girl at a show? I asked my friends after and they had similar experiences, and we get it every time.