Using the hashtag #viðerumhér (which translates to we are here) Icelandic women have come together and created a fast growing playlist showcasing the musical variety of women creators in the Icelandic music industry.
Although being famed for equality, Iceland has its problems and plenty of them. Recent studies have shown that it is far more dangerous of a place than portrayed. Women in music get pushed aside and not thought of as worthy enough as the men. Again and again big concerts or festivals get produced with no or very few women artists and they have long ago had enough.
Though it is a serious subject the women involved use humor as well; the username of the playlist is easylistening, pointing out how in Iceland it is common to think of female musicians creating only soft elevator music.
Cover photo is created by Ólöf Erla Einarsdóttir from Svart design.
One barely needs to hear the music to understand that this protest song is made by and for women. The illustrated cover image says it all with the young girl in kung fu clothing, handling both the football and the inked skateboard while not giving a crap about what anyone thinks about her. Just like how boys were lucky enough to grow up.
Juanita Tres Cosas is a punk rock anthem made for young girls around the planet who believe (and rightly so) that they can fight the same fight and do the same things as the boys they grew up next to. ‘Juanita tres cocos’ (Juanita three testicles) is a common Chilean saying that degrades and makes fun of “masculine girls”.
Sin Lencería, took that, twisted it, owned it and made this song.
“Juanita Tres Cosas is a song about growing up being a girl that doesn’t fit girly standards. While people expect little girls to play with dolls or look nice all the time, there’s a lot of others that prefer sports and play in the mud and sometimes that makes them suffer bullying. So this is a song dedicated to them (and also our own younger selves) to remind us that gender shouldn’t define what we can or can’t do!”
“Juanita Tres Cosas no te dejes deprimir Las niñas también tienen Libertad de decidir” Juanita Tres Cosas don’t allow yourself to be depressed girls also have the freedom to choose
The illustrated design for Juanita Tres Cosas comes in part from the band members’ experiences as kids as well as from the stereotypes they witnessed around them as girls and later as women in society.
“One of us wanted to play karate as a kid but her family put her in ballet instead because it was more ‘feminine’, another wanted to play football, but in the 90’s there wasn’t a female football team to join, and the other always loved skating, but sometimes skirts and dresses got in the way. So that’s why in the cover there’s a girl with a karate uniform, a ball and a skateboard, because she represents what we wanted to be as kids.”