Case’s anger is justified, because Playboy’s gender-stereotyped take reads like it was written in 1960 rather than 2014. One exemplary line reads: “More thoughtful and mature and funnier than the typical female artist types, she’s also not trying to ape the hunter-gatherer characteristics of her male counterparts.” The point is clear: Case is great, for a girl.
Case is wrong, however, in saying that we should never celebrate a woman’s accomplishments as they relate to her gender. Doing so can be a way to highlight women’s voices in male-dominated fields. Problems arise when we look at women’s art solely through the lens of their apparently inescapable femininity — yet that’s what we do, nearly all the time, across almost every medium.
“Practicality, comfort, oddness, ambiguity. My style Icons are Cathrine Ringer of the French pop band Les Rita Mitsouko and Grace Jones. They can both be a lady and a dude and all manner of freaky inbetween. They are powerful and brave. They actually make me swoon." [x]