Krewella's Jahan Yousaf Writes Op-Ed: deadmau5 Saved Me From Going Into Porn

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Krewella's Jahan Yousaf Writes Op-Ed: deadmau5 Saved Me From Going Into Porn

No, we did not come up with this headline- This is the actual title from an Op-Ed ran on Billboard today, written by Jahan Yousaf of Krewella. Before you trolls start getting any ideas, it's really not what you think it might be about.

To bring everyone up to speed, Kris Trindl, aka Rain Man, has filed suit against Yasmine and Jahan Yousaf for allegedly kicking him out of the group without just cause. The Yousaf sisters have filed a countersuit, stating that Trindl had left the group on his own, and that his addiction had adversely affected the successful EDM trio.

Of course as the news broke, the internet chimed in, from fans to the always outspoken deadmau5. It has been one of the hottest EDM news stories of 2014, crossing over into mainstream media outlets like TMZ.com and the Hollywood Reporter. But there seems to be something more here then news of a band breaking up. Many of the attacks, on both sides, seem to be filled with a vitriol fueled by a dark evil, casually brushed off as "jokes" or the usual Internet banter.

Yousaf's article delves into an often ignored aspect of this Krewella feud that lies hidden below the snark, Facebook comments, and re-tweets: is this Rain Man Vs. the Yousaf sisters war playing out on the interwebs inherently sexist and misogynistic at it's core? Is she finally getting at the real issue here?

It's hard to ignore the points Yousaf makes in her article. As news of the lawsuit broke, the sisters became "sluts" and "whores" destined to do porn were it not for the musical ability of Rain Man.

Jahan writes:

It's almost as if being the female in the group, it's assumed that you are purely there as a puppet and completely void of any musical abilities, creativity, or vision. My analysis of the public reaction is a wakeup call that there is still a stigma associated with being a woman: that I am a conspiring and manipulative free-loader who doesn't work as hard or is as talented as a man- and that I use sex to advance my career.

This is more than food for thought- it is an important issue to think about as we all supposedly erase gender lines and sexual discrimination. Why did the Krewella sisters suddenly become no-talent whores whose success was dependent on a man? Were they not capable of doing it on their own? Why are we not looking at the other issues at play here, like addiction and chemical dependency? What does being a "slut" have to do with any of this?

By no means am I making assumptions or taking sides here. Maybe Trindl was doing all the work and the Yousaf sisters were riding on his talent- but I think that this is besides the point.

What we need to ask is why so many of us attacked Yasmine and Jahan on their sexuality, in a context where we should have been focusing on musical ability and who actually was contributing to the group?

The answer, I'm afraid, may reveal just how far we have yet to go.

Read Jahan Yousaf's Op-Ed: Deadmau5 Saved Me From Going Into Porn on Billboard