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Women have long been shouting about the fucked-up power dynamics of pop-punk and third-wave emo, which have continued into the present—the allegations against Front Step Porch’s predatory singer Jake Mc Elfresh in 2015 almost mirror the ones against Lacey.People are now listening because they have been cornered. “I’m hoping that with this coming out, it opens the door for people really looking out for women in our scene,“ Emily Driskill, one of Lacey’s alleged victims, told Pitchfork.Third-wave emo—bubblegum emo—needed its female fans, as evidenced by the swaths of girls who screamed this music back, who took photos, who muscled against stages to get as close as possible without being crushed. I am suggesting here that there is a correlation between misogynist art, the young people who make it, and the younger people who consume it.That is not a radical idea, and it strikes me now as dubious that any longtime Brand New fan would be completely shocked by these allegations.In fact I did not care much about boys at this point in my life.(My normier eighth grade boyfriend broke up with me for, to quote his text-message that I read on my flip-phone, “[caring] about music more than you care about me,” and I have spent the rest of my life proving him right.) For a time, the subtle cruelties were something that I accepted, a mere consequence of the life-changing experience of having adventures.
Id like to think ive got a good sense of humour and dont take myself too seriously. I experienced this subtly and unsubtly, verbally and physically.Men constantly treated me like I was there primarily to meet them.For that reason, when I heard about the Lacey allegations, I wanted to talk to other women like me: girls I met on Live Journal and Myspace back when we lived and breathed the Long Island scene, the type Hopper was watching.I found that these women were similarly disturbed but unsurprised.