Lacuna Coil’s Cristina Scabbia On What Bothers Her About ‘Male-Dominated’ Metal World

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Over the years, metal has become much more diverse and not just a boy’s club; but while a lot of change has taken place throughout the genre, there are some artists who believe some things won’t change.

Recently, Lacuna Coil singer Cristina Scabbia was featured on an episode of Jonathan Montenegro’s My 3 Questions To; among the questions asked of her, she is asked if she feels women are being taken more seriously in metal today (as compared to 30 years ago).

While Cristina does agree that much change has taken place, she also feels that some things won’t change. Here is everything she had to say regarding the topic (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):

“Do I feel that things changed? Absolutely, yes. When I started, there were not so many bands with a female in the lineup. Metal was still a no-no for females, because it was a very male-dominated scene.

“Which it still is, but of course there are many more bands with a female in the lineup, which makes me happy even though we are still seen differently.

“I don’t think that it will ever happen that we are going to be seen equally, and partially it is okay like this because we’re different. I think that we are sort of a different world.

“What I don’t like about being a female in a male-dominated world is the fact that very often we are judged by our looks, which I get it; many guys get the same.

“But for women, it’s kind of like… Let’s say for the guys, if they have the look, it’s a plus. For women, if they have the look, it’s a plus in terms of media attention; it’s a plus in terms of — I don’t know — people drooling with you; but it doesn’t necessarily add up to the potential you already have.

“And that is a shame, because people should not be judged by their looks. I understand that the look is first thing that you see, but it will cool if it will be possible to go beyond that, especially in music, where the instrument you play, the voice you’re pushing out of your body and the feelings you’re trying to convey with your music are the most important things.”

What do you think of Cristina’s points?

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