This name change has been a long time coming. In an effort to be as inclusive as possible I've decided to change the group from Womxn in Music/WXM Collective to papercut. I've done a lot of reading and speaking to group members and we've found that the 'x' although well intentioned to include trans women actually infers we don't see them as women and we absolutely do. Trans women are women. Period.
We also had a discussion about including people from across the gender spectrum. At it's core, papercut is meant to provide opportunity, education, and community to those excluded from the music industry specifically those that have experienced misogyny. Although originally a women in music group, we've now expanded to welcoming people across the gender spectrum. If you are down with the spirit of the papercut we welcome you.
I chose papercut because being a woman in music is sort of like death by a thousand papercuts. It isn't men yelling at you to go make them a sandwich, it is people assuming you're the merch girl when it is your band, it is people making assumptions about your genre, skill-level and knowledge based on being a woman. A little gruesome? Yes. But so is the active exclusion of anyone who isn't a cis-white-male.
We are working on a full rebrand to suit the new name change with our pal Sallie Ford. We are also currently recruiting contributors to launch the magazine portion of this site. If you are interested please contact us for more information.
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