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Have Speedy Ortiz found a way to keep women safe at shows?

The punk band have created a hotline and plan of action for anyone facing aggression, racism, sexism, classism, homophobia and transphobia at their gigs

From moshing and fights to crowdsurfing and a whole bunch of masculine energy, punk shows have always been a reasonably exclusive arena masquerading as inclusive. Speedy Ortiz have taken particular objection to this and decided to actually do something about it. 

On Monday, a flyer appeared on their Facebook page which said: "We believe that as a concertgoer you have a right to an inclusive, welcoming performance space." To keep music free of discrimination, they’ve laid down some ground rules. These include no harassment or intolerance. No prejudicial, aggressive language or aggressive behaviour of any kind. "This includes, but is not limited to: racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, & all other oppressive and marginalizing actions and microaggressions."

If anything does happen to you at a show and you feel threatened, unhappy or unsafe, the band want you to text their new hotline and venue security can crack down.

One text or email with your name and where to find you in the venue plus any extra useful info and they’ll hopefully swoop in and get you out of there to watch the show in peace. 

They’ve really opened up the conversation for more of these type of solutions. There has been debate for years over the lack of safety when it comes to music venues – particularly when it comes to women's safety – but nothing has really materialised as a result. 

This sort of action shouldn’t have to be taken, but surely anything to help create a safe space for all to enjoy live music is a step in the right direction?