The Style Issue: St. Vincent
By Julie Klausner on August 14, 2011
Soon after that, we get our food, and I realize that we are sort of fighting. I tell her my theory that women naturally assume guilt for things that aren’t their fault — their husband cheated on them, they didn’t get a job they were up for — in order to prepare themselves for one day having children, and the task of putting another human being before themselves.
"Nobody’s told me that theory," she answers. "I think human beings have a really broad spectrum of traits, and I almost feel implicated when we say, ‘Men are like this, women are like this.’ Nobody was telling me, ‘Don’t get dirty, don’t play in the mud, girls don’t do that.’ "
"I think that kind of gets to the core of a lot of things that I see in popular culture," Clark says, frustrated. "It’s really destructive and doesn’t make any sense to me — the idea that if there’s an exalted female, there can be only one, and if there are more than one, then they must be in direct competition with each other."
I wrote the cover story for September’s SPIN magazine about the fetching and nervous songwriter St. Vincent. Please read the article in full online, or buy the magazine with the pretty lady on the cover (and my byline!).
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