Track Of Issue: Reykjavíkurdætur - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Track Of Issue: Reykjavíkurdætur

Track Of Issue: Reykjavíkurdætur

Published August 1, 2014

Gabríel Benjamin
Photos by
Antonía Bergþórsdóttir

To those that don’t understand Icelandic, “D.R.U.S.L.A.” (which roughly translates to ‘S.L.U.T.’) may seem just like an upbeat synth-y song with a hip hop-y vibe and a few “bitch” shouts. The lyrics, however, deal with a rather serious topic: slut-shaming and victim-blaming. The message, in typical Reykjavíkurdætur fashion, is that it doesn’t matter how you dress, whether you are wearing makeup or under the influence, that doesn’t give anyone an excuse to violate your autonomy. The song then goes into the fact that people who are raped face an uphill legal battle in order to get justice, as there is an impossible burden of proof on the victim. The solution to all of these problems, according to the band, is empowerment through information. And that is a nice solution, isn’t it?

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