First Aid Kit Releases New Song for International Women’s Day: Listen

by Malachi Weaver

Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit shared a new song today in support of women’s rights and for today being International Women’s Day.

The song is called “You Are the Problem Here.” In a statement, First Aid Kit explained that they wrote the song “after reading about yet another rape case where the perpetrator was handed a sentence which did not at all refelect the severity of his crime.”

Listen to the track and read the full statement below. “You Are the Problem Here will be released digitally on Friday (Mar. 10), and all of the song’s proceeds will go to Women for Women International.

First Aid Kit’s Klara and Johanna Söderberg:

Today is the International Women’s Day and the theme of the year is #BeBoldForChange. “You Are the Problem Here” isn’t a typical First Aid Kit-song. It’s angry and direct. It’s a song written out of despair. After reading about yet another rape case where the perpetrator was handed a sentence which did not at all reflect the severity of his crime we felt upset and vengeful. We were, and are, sick of living in a society where the victims of rape are often blamed for the horrible thing that has been done to them. Our message is clear and should not be controversial in the least: if you rape, you are the problem. Alcohol is not the problem. So called “youth culture” is not the problem. You are. And you always have a choice.

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