Rosanne Cash is opening up about her own #MeToo experiences in the music industry in an essay for Billboard.
She counts the numerous time from the “regional label-promotion guy who drove [her] around to radio stations in his car” with “menacing sexual overtures” to the “radio guys who grabbed [her] waist and slipped their hands down [her] back and over [her] a**.”
Cash recalls “worse” stories from other women, “career-ending” and “heartbreaking” stories. But because they worked in the industry of “sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll” they had to “put up with it.”
The behaviour was not “only tolerated but expected, encouraged, even applauded.” Women were expected to “adopt” the temperament of being “accessories.” Cash talks about the marketing plan for her first album and that was to make her “more f**kable.”
The “Seven Year Ache” singer says she stayed in the business because she is “an artist and [she] had to do [her] work or die inside.”
She made better choices about who she worked with and how she allowed herself to be treated, adding she is “also just plain lucky…Plenty of women make all the right decisions and still end up in bad situations.”
So what happens in the future? Cash calls for the “larger community to make a collective commitment to nourishing creative fire that doesn’t incinerate others.”
She finishes her essay off by saying, “We should all be able to say we just don’t know any men who make women — or children, or other men — collateral damage in the course of their creative fulfilment.”