Despite that the year is 2016, many people—and businesses—think that all “females” are the same. English singer-songwriter Kate Nash bumped into some of this everyday sexism in a record store recently, when she ran across a section of records labeled “females of all description.”
This kinda shit drives me insane. The genre 'females of all description' is not a music genre. It's sexist pic.twitter.com/3u0FGCQIbM— Kate Nash (@katenash) August 29, 2016
Nash continued to tweet about the sexism, calling out the store for its gendered assumptions.
There would never be a "males of all description" section. Because the rest of the shop and all other music genres are considered male— Kate Nash (@katenash) August 29, 2016
It's a reminder to me that most ppl don't even know they are sexist. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Female is not a genre— Kate Nash (@katenash) August 29, 2016
Don't categorize my sex #femalesofalldescription— Kate Nash (@katenash) August 29, 2016
The majority of people in Nash’s feed supported her, and others called out sexism and racism in their own local record stores.
At the Hastings in my hometown, all of the black artists are in the "Soul" section. Beyonce, Rhianna, Nikki ect https://t.co/18ZsK5knGS— aNgELA (@LittleTXMonster) August 29, 2016
what really bugs me about this is that they can't even fill up an entire box with fucking female artists of ALL genres.— there is no free marketplace of ideas (@verystressedgal) August 29, 2016
One commenter tried to defend the store, but Nash quickly shut him down.
narrow the search down to all women? 😅😂😑 Check yerself. Seriously please educate yourself. U R probably offending ppl on the daily— Kate Nash (@katenash) August 29, 2016
Maybe Nash’s tweets will change the way this record store does its labeling; maybe not. But at least she’s drawn attention to the kind of thinking that lumps all women’s efforts together into the “things done by ladypeople with ladyparts” category.