Grimes Speaks on Drugs, Feminism, and Pussy Rings

grimes1 Grimes Speaks on Drugs, Feminism, and Pussy Rings

Grimes had a huge 2012, but all the new attention came at a price. Since becoming one of indie pop’s biggest breakout stars of the year, she’s been feeling the pressure to play a certain role, and she’s not ready to accept that without putting up a fight. In an interview with Spin, Grimes spoke on some of those expectations and some of the bullshit that comes with being a female in the music industry.

When asked about drugs:

“I don’t know if I can answer that. I’m trying to get away from the drug thing. I think people are very quick to [say], ‘Grimes is a druggie!’ Which is, in my opinion, a very sexist rant. All my male friends talk about doing drugs all the time and no one ever picks it up. I get worried talking about drugs in interviews. I just did a lot of bad things. Anyway, a bunch of my friends got expelled from high school. Teachers talked to my parents and were like, ‘Claire could be good, if she would just stay away from those other kids.’”

On if she considers herself a feminist:

“Yes. The more I’ve had to work in this industry, the more I’ve just been shocked at the way people behave… When I first started playing shows, it was awful. People would always be like, ‘You’re not a real musician.’ I’m playing with samplers and MPCs — everyone is also playing with samplers and MPCs. It’s just because I’m a girl that you’re going to shit on me about it.”

“Even just photo shoots. Everything was pushed to be so sexual… At first, I was like, ‘I’m uncomfortable.’ And I actually had a photographer say to me, ‘Oh, you should look uncomfortable, because it’s truthful.’ And I’d be like, ‘Actually, I just don’t want to be wearing a leather bathing suit.’ That’s not part of my image, but people would really force that stuff. Eventually, I started being really aggressive.”

On her line of pussy rings:

“It didn’t cross my mind that they would be controversial. It just didn’t cross my mind. I had all this merch; we’d run out of T-shirts, and it was either print more shitty T-shirts or work with an artist. The more they became a thing on the Internet, the more I was like, ‘This justifies the pussy ring.’ The fact that people can’t deal with vaginas, it’s like, ‘Still? In this day and age, they’re scary imagery?’ It’s ridiculous. And having them be a knuckle ring is so aggressive. If you punched someone with the ring on, it would leave a clitoris-shaped imprint on their face.”

(Spin)