'Joyful spaces’

‘Madame Gandhi,’ free-bleeding feminist musician, explains why the future is female


Kiran Gandhi first caught the world’s attention with a viral blog post explaining how she was fighting period stigma by running the 2015 London marathon while “free-bleeding.” But now she’s catching the spotlight again as “Madame Gandhi,” an electronic music artist with an uncompromising feminist vision. Formerly active as the drummer for M.I.A. and Thievery Corporation, she made her debut as a solo artist in October 2016 with the EP “Voices.” In an interview with Mic, she explained that title as an effort “not only to elevate and celebrate the female voice, but to also show a three-dimensional construction of a woman using her voice in many different ways.” The EP features the track “Her,” a tribute to Hillary Clinton (who, at the time of the song’s release, was still a presidential candidate) and a break-out track titled “The Future is Female,” which earned her some criticism from people arguing the phrase is trans-exclusionary.

“The phrase [the future is female] was started in the ’70s, and it does have a transmisogynist root, and I 100 percent acknowledge that. But I also believe in new voices giving new meaning to old slogans,” she said, explaining that she reclaimed the phrase as celebrating all forms of femininity.  As a graduate of Harvard’s business school she has thought long and hard about how she can change the music industry to get more women involved. “I used to be like, how can women break in to be more CEOs, more drummers, more artists, more festival organizers, and I’m not even on that tip anymore. To me right now, [the phrase] ‘the future is female’ is representing women being light years ahead in building our own alternatives in leadership, of safe spaces, of joyful spaces.”

Read the full story at Mic.


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