Article Dec 19, 2016

You are no longer passing

Charli XCX: 'Don't question my songwriting talent because I'm a woman!'

Charli XCX is insulted when people question whether she writes her own songs.

The 24-year-old singer is known for tracks such as Boom Clap and After the Afterparty, both of which she penned herself. But as she was asked about the state of feminism in the music industry, Charli, real name Charlotte Aitchison, said she hates it when people refuse to believe that she is such a talented writer - just because she's a woman.

"I think there are a lot more things against women, in a lot of industries, not just the music industry," Charli said during the chat on BeBox, on U.K. TV network The Box Plus network. "There are a lot fewer female producers, even if there are female producers, like, not many people give them credit for that. You know people always question if I’m actually a songwriter and whether a lot of female artists write their own songs."

While Charli is doing her best to promote the idea of feminism in her industry and other fields, she is well aware she doesn't have the same clout as global superstars. And she praised Beyonce for adding her voice to speak up for the issues that matter.

"It’s great for Beyonce to stand in front of a huge sign that says feminism, like that’s only a good thing, because when I was like 12/13 that image wasn’t there for me in pop culture, you know, not that I was aware of," she continued. "But when Beyonce is standing in front of a sign a 12-year-old girl, or guy, is going be like 'oh, cool that’s what it is and Beyonce is talking about it, it’s cool, I want to be into feminism' so that’s a great thing."

Beyonce opened up about her views on feminism to America's Elle magazine earlier this year (16), questioning why the word "feminist" carries a negative meaning to some.

“I don’t understand the negative connotation of the word, or why it should exclude the opposite sex. If you are a man who believes your daughter should have the same opportunities and rights as your son, then you’re a feminist."