By Matthew Strauss.
Today is International Women’s Day. To mark the date, Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit have shared a new song in support of women’s rights. It’s called “You Are the Problem Here.” In a statement, Klara and Johanna Söderberg explain that they wrote the track “after reading about yet another rape case where the perpetrator was handed a sentence which did not at all reflect the severity of his crime.” Listen to “You Are the Problem Here,” and read their full statement below. The track hits digital retailers this Friday, March 10; all of the band’s proceeds go to Women for Women International.
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First Aid Kit’s Klara and Johanna Söderberg:
Today is the International Women’s Day and the theme of the year is #BeBoldForChange. “You Are the Problem Here” isn’t a typical First Aid Kit-song. It’s angry and direct. It’s a song written out of despair. After reading about yet another rape case where the perpetrator was handed a sentence which did not at all reflect the severity of his crime we felt upset and vengeful. We were, and are, sick of living in a society where the victims of rape are often blamed for the horrible thing that has been done to them. Our message is clear and should not be controversial in the least: if you rape, you are the problem. Alcohol is not the problem. So called “youth culture” is not the problem. You are. And you always have a choice.
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