Editor: Robin Edwards is a frequent Westword contributor who has played in several Denver bands. Her solo project is called Lisa Prank.
Sometimes I wonder what it was like before bands had Internet presences. Did creepy dudes just send their vaguely threatening messages to female musicians through the mail with locks of their hair? I've been thinking that might not have been out of the question ever since I received a Facebook message from a guy who went to one of my band's shows. He asked if he could be my stalker and added a goofy emoticon and a few "jk"s. I assume that was a way to hedge so that when I responded, he could pull the old, "I was joking! Don't be crazy!" card. Unfortunately, violence against women, which can certainly start with stalking, is a very real concern in our society, so it's not something you should joke about, especially with a complete stranger over the Internet.
I thought that threatening someone's personal safety was a commonsense no-no, but apparently that's not the case. So here's a handy guide with ways not to interact with female musicians. This is good advice for dealing with any human beings, actually, but it seems that these things happen at an alarmingly high rate to those of us who have the audacity to get on stage with instruments but no penis.More »